About me

My name is Elena Ciolacu. I am a Romanian award winning illustrator, graphic novels artist and director based in the UK.  A graduate of BA Illustration and Animation at Coventry University, with a strong background in traditional art and currently exploring digital art, my work focuses on visual storytelling.My inspiration comes mostly from daily life, history, Christian Orthodox Theology, folklore, photography, light, nature, literature, music, the work of the old masters …

I strongly believe in the power of visual medias to shape society and help people. Because of this my dream is to create beautiful stories that bring to the world’s attention messages of moral, spiritual and ethical value.

Work highlights:
March 2014:
Official Selection: Cluj Shorts – International Short Film Festival – Romania
Official Selection: Milkround Student & Graduate Short Film Festival – UK
November 2013: 
Graduated with a First Upper Class with Honors in Illustration and Animation from Coventry University
October 2013: 
Official Selection at Animest International Animated Film Festival – Bucharest, Romania
Official Selection at Balkanima European Animated Film Festival – Belgrade, Serbia
Official Selection at Dublin International Short Film and Music Festival – Dublin, Ireland
July 2013:
Winner of the Creative Conscience Awards:UK – Illustration and Animation Category – London, UK.
June 2013:
Winner of the 17th edition of Valcea Artistica – Computer Graphics Category – Ramnicu Valcea, Romania
March 2013:
Work featured in the 93rd issue of ImagineFX magazine
Winner of the 10th International Contest of Web Design and Computer Graphics – 2D Raster Image Category – Vinnytsia, Ukraine
2006 – 2013:
Work exhibited at 12 group exhibitions in London, Coventry, Bucharest, Sibiu, Ramnicu Valcea