Elena Bouza was born in Madrid, Spain, in 1979.

She completed her university degree in Fine Arts in 2002, at the Complutense University of Madrid. In 2003 she attended a painting course at the Slade School of Arts, University College of London. In 2004 Bouza obtained the Advanced Studies Diploma from the UCM that granted her the Research Proficiency necessary to continue with her Doctorate research. In 2005 she graduated from the UCM Masters Degree on Theory and Practice of Contemporary Plastic Arts, in which she qualified with distinctions.

Bouza's research work has covered deep technical investigation about art materials and procedures. For some years now she has concentrated on Contemporary Art, more specifically on the female and feminist art. She makes a connection on her artwork to a concern about the need of a self-representation and self-definition of femininity. Lately, her work concentrates in the general concept of identity, as well as in the power of perception.

She has also worked in different art management and curatorial projects. In 2006 Bouza curated the show Essential women for Amnesty International Spain, which travelled to museums and galleries around the Country for a year.

In 2007 Elena was awarded by King Juan Carlos The First of Spain the prestigious La Caixa Scholarship, that granted her a full scholarship to pursue a graduate program at the United States. She graduated on 2009 from an MFA at the New York Academy of Art.


King Juan Carlos The First handing La Caixa Award to Elena Bouza
Barcelona, 2006

Elena Bouza has participated in several group shows in different art galleries in New York and Spain, among others namely Oliva Arauna Gallery, Alfama Gallery, Kreisler Gallery and Estudio Solana Gallery in Madrid. Her work has been seen in Museums in Spain like the City Museum in Madrid, the Anfaco Museum in Vigo, the Etnographic Museum of Valencia. She has also celebrated three solo shows with her paintings in Spain and one in New York.

In 2010 Bouza was granted an artist visa that allows her to continue living and working in New York City. At the moment she has a studio in the Bronx, where she has become part of the flourishing art community. She is also an artist-in-residence in an elementary public school in New York City, where she teaches Art as part as Studio in a School's Long Term Program.



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