Elena Yim was born in Lima, Peru. She graduated from OCAD in the Drawing and Painting Department, participating in the Florence Off-Campus Program in her last year, and has also received a BFA Honours in Art Education from Concordia University. After her studies, she painted props for a glow in the dark mini-golf company, The Putting Edge, and worked on murals and set design for the Phoenix Concert Theatre.
Her own personal artwork is inspired by the body: photomicrographic images of microorganisms that inhabit the body, the graceful movements of the body, and the connection and interdependence between body and nature. Her practice involves sketching, collecting, and photography. She mainly paints with oils, acrylics, and inks, but also experiments with materials such as fibres, wires, and found objects.
Elena finds pleasure in teaching children and believes a child’s self confidence develops through stimulation, trust, exploration, and dialogue. In her opinion, art making is not only about pretty pictures, but thinking outside the box, delving into ones imagination, and learning throughout the creative process. It is a skill to be used in everyday life. Her love for art and her interest in working with children lead her to Art One Academy, a great combination of both interests.