Elena Kulikova has journeyed from east to west for over two decades. Born in Russia, Elena moved to California at age 10. She began modeling at 17, and immersed herself in a world of commercial photography while simultaneously experimenting with it on her own. Self-taught but mentored by well known photographers, Elena launched her photographic career in Amsterdam in 2006, and currently lives in Los Angeles. Elena's feminine sensibility and creative processing push her photography to deepen the subjects she photographs. Elena Kulikova’s clients include Wired Magazine, Hi-Fructose, Swarovski, Urban Outfitters, Fab, Marie Claire, Allure, L’Officiel, Virgin Airlines, Samsung, Lomography, Yahoo, NY Times, Laqa&Co, Vanya Spirit, Society6, musicians & record labels. Her fine art photography has been sold at the world-famous boutique Colette Paris, Urban Outfitters Apartment Print Shop, and art galleries.
My photographs are my dreams and explorations— they are windows for the viewer into my world, which is a world of love, creativity, beauty, sensuality, visits to other realms, and personal discoveries of being human. My subjects are people, with their simple exteriors and infinitely complex interiors. I’m inspired by the depth of human beings, their and my personal inner transformation, self exploration in search of the divine. I am equally inspired by nature - it has always been my space for play, wonder, and fascination as a child. The iridescence of butterflies fascinated me, flowers were my dolls to play with because we were poor, ladybugs were my pets, I wondered how rocks were made, and how all the ‘other’ creatures experienced this reality.
Art helps me search for divine meaning, I am an explorer of my mind and this sublime earth, I want to share the magic I have found. Eric Cantona eloquently wrote “I am searching for abstract ways of expressing reality, abstract forms that will enlighten my own mystery,” and I too am searching for enlightenment through my artwork.
I love immersing my subjects, whether people or natural elements, in pools of colored light, finding different expressions of the form by altering the play of colors across bodies. I hope my art will create a dream-state, however small or momentary, for viewers to discover and witness something with a fresh perspective.