May 29, 2014 12:06AM

Elena Cecchinato was born in Venice, Italy. She studied painting at Korio University, in South Korea before obtaining a Masters in the History of African Art from the University of London. Her work explores the immanent reordering that exists between our inner experiences and the outer world. As someone with a fluid, multi-layered identity, who is constantly negotiating meaning across borders, she exposes the intersection of different cosmologies across a range of media. Elena focuses primarily on drawing but she also resorts to painting, automatic writing, installation, sound composition and live art.

For Elena, drawing is a distinctive ritual that reconciles our inner experiences with the outer world in which we live. Her works combine and transcend the realms of science and religion. They create a new cosmology in which identity becomes hybrid: tinged with remnants of Africa and the rest of the world. Above all, they are governed by their own rules, where time, space and our sense of belonging are not necessarily tied to one place.

Elena’s works have been shown mainly in the United States, the United Kingdom and across Europe. Most recently, her works were part of the Rostos do Muro Azul exhibition with the Galeria Arte Urbana in Lisbon. She also completed an artist residency at The Royal Leamington Spa’s Hybridarts in England. In 2013, as part of Frieze New York, Elena’s works were featured during TURF’s ‘Africana: Recycling, Myth-making, Alterity’ exhibition, during cutlog NY 2013. It won the prestigious Discovery Prize. In 2011, Elena’s works were part of ‘Les Rencontres d’Arles’, an international festival of photography, in France. In 2011, there was also a retrospective of her works, ‘Transpadovano’, at Palazzo Moroni in Padua, Italy. The Museum of Everything also featured Elena’s works as part of its Tate Modern exhibition in 2010. Her works have also been shown throughout London, namely at Westbourne Studios; The Rug Factory and; Area 10 Project Space. Elena has worked with the Royal Hospital for Integrated Medicine and The Warwick Festival of Literature and Spoken Words. Her works are part of the collections of the Museum of Everything and the Musei civici di Padova.  Currently, she lives and works between London and Venice.