Yelena Bryksenkova was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, but emigrated to Cleveland, Ohio, at the age of 8. She earned her BFA in illustration in 2010 from MICA after spending a semester studying overseas at the Academy of Applied and Decorative Arts in Prague. She currently resides in New Haven, Connecticut. Yelena's use of rich, sophisticated colors within neutral palettes bring her subjects into focus and tell a story, whether it's grounded in today, years long past, or the imagination. Each viewing reveals a detail previously unnoticed - a Beatles poster at the bedside, tiny terrariums, paper lanterns, and more than one toy elephant. A little bit folksy and a little bit whimsical, Yelena's illustrations leave you with a warm smile and a desire to see more. Her clients include Anorak Magazine, Baltimore Bride, Bust, The New York Times, Random House (UK), Real Simple and Urban Outfitters.