Elena Potyakina was born in Nefteyugansk. In 1990 she graduated from ZlatoustTeachersTrainingCollege, graphic art department. In 1999 she graduated from the department of book graphics at the Saint-Petersburg State Art and Industry Academy, named after Alexander von Stieglitz and informally known as the Vera Mukhina Higher School of Art and Design.

 Elena works with various publishers of children’s books and magazines, participates in exhibitions and charity projects.

“It’s really good when your interest for painting becomes your job, and your job becomes your passion and joy..

…. For me color is joy and life. I`d like my colors to bring renewal and sunshine brightness” – Elena says about her art.

Exhibitions and projects:

Fachochschulle (Hamburg)
1998 George Soros fellowship
2005 part-time artist for Lebedev Studio
2005 "Cows Parade" (Moscow)
2006-2011 The CoMission Comics Festival (Moscow)
2006/2008 personal exhibition at the Agora cultural center (St.Petersburg)
2008 Graphics Biennale in St.Petersburg
2009 Special award from the Lucca Junior festival

Exhibition  inMontigny, France

  Rosman Publishing contest «Art Story»

Project «Art Lahta», Graphic Art festival at the Library of Book Graphics, St.Petersburg

2011 the 6th International Biennale of Modern Art in Tashkent

Exhibition «Big Christmas Book» at Akhmatova Museum (St.Petersburg)together with Julia Kursheva.