Elena Retfalvi holds degrees in philology and history of art (Kazan University). She started her artistic trajectory with Isaam Kourbaj´s “Group C” while doing her doctoral research at Cambridge University (UK). Before exploring multimedia digital techniques she also worked extensively with alternative photographic processes and different darkroom techniques.
Her photography was exhibited in photo-salons and galleries in England, Austria, Portugal, Russia, Spain and the USA.
She has collaborated on many educational projects and her works are used in the curriculum of various dance and art & design schools. Her art received critical acclaim in several academic publications, most notably: "The late modernism in Tatar literature and visual art" (2002) and "the Synergetic Aspect in the study of the creative Process" (2008) by U. G. Nigmatullina.
Published work: the Guardian, Time Out, Dance UK, Dance Now, Practical Photography, CVA Contemporary Visual Arts, book illustrations and covers, etc.
Awards: Cotswold Salon (2000), London Photographic Awards (2001), Association of Photographers Open Award official selection (2002), Official selection Photovisa Festival (2013), Blue Diamond Photo Award: Certificate of Excellence (2013), Florence-Shanghai Prize: Finalist (2013), Professional Women Photographers Award New York: Honourable Mention (2013), Julia Margaret Cameron Award: 1st prize (2014), shortlisted for the Beers.Lambert Contemporary Award (2014), London Photographic Association Portraiture Awards: Bronze Medal (2014), Finalist descubrimientos PhotoEspaña (2014), shortlisted for Royal Photographic Society Award (2014)
Works in permanent collection: Gorky Museum, Kazan