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ELENA MALEC was born in Bucharest, Romania in 1954.


She started drawing at an early age in graphite, colored pencils, watercolor and ink.

For several years while in public school Elena dedicated many hours to drawing and painting and art was her childhood passion.


A graduate from the University of Bucharest with a MA in modern languages, Elena pursued a career in teaching and research.

Without a formal education in art she eventually followed her passion for drawing, sketching, doing watercolor at different ages.

Elena lives with her husband in Irvine, California where she spends her time writing poetry, doll making, designing web pages.

From 2008 Elena resumed drawing and painting on a daily basis learning and studying art on her own. Her practice with different media and techniques lead to a quick progress visible in most media she is now working, pencil, pastels, charcoal, colored pencils, mixed media.

Art is for Elena an expression of her freedom of creating from imagination but also inspired by daily subjects, still life, her travels photographs, the beauty of nature, the human and animal features in portraiture.Whether is charcoal, watercolor, pastels or colored pencils

each medium is approached by the artist in its unique spirit to convey serenity, beauty, joy of color and shape.

Elena belives art is a realm of beauty and harmony and art’s mission is to inspire meditation, bliss, positive energy, peace.

Elena Malec is a member of the Pastel Society of the West Coast and of Orange County Fine Arts.

Elena’s first public recognition of her talent was the publication of her artwork “For her” in the online version of Tiferet Journal,in October 2010.


In her first juried show with OCFA,

all her three entries have been juried in and exhibited May 18-July 1, 2011 at Showcase Gallery,

South Coast Plaza Village
3851 South Bear St.
Santa Ana, CA 92704

Elena Malec won a special recognition with her work “Rock roses” in the Nature Art Exhibition – June 2011. on


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