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Elena Karina

Also Known as: Elena Canavier

Tientsin, China 1936

Active in:

  • Los Angeles, California
  • Washington, District of Columbia

Luce Artist Quote

"I find the ceramic medium to be inexhaustible in the possibilities it affords for endless new forms and variations. I keep thinking of new forms I want to make." Artist's statement

Luce Artist Biography

Elena Karina was born in China to Russian parents and raised in Los Angeles, California. Two classmates introduced her to clay while she was studying printmaking and painting at the University of Southern California, and she has been captivated ever since. In the '60s, she spent time examining the sea life left behind by the receding tide near her studio and this became inspiration for her work. Karina received her MA from California State University, Long Beach, in 1971 and moved to Washington, DC, three years later. There, she worked in the White House as art advisor to Vice President Walter Mondale's wife, Joan Mondale, from 1978 to 1980. She has since moved back to Los Angeles, where she maintains a studio.