Elina Cerla is a painter and independent researcher in the process of forging her own figurative language. She brings to her practice a theoretical perspective which is a residue of her degree in Philosophy and Master’s in Cultural Policy. In addition to pushing pigment around, she is interested in theorizing through paint. Rather than consolidating the rift between theory and practice, she hopes to open a sphere where haptic and visual thought processes determine conceptual formulations.
Elina sought technical training from a wide array of teachers -including Amaya Gurpide, LARA (London), UCM (Madrid) and BAA (Barcelona), as well as workshops with Vincent Desiderio, Antonio López and Alex Kanevsky. She is currently exploring where figuration starts to break down and continuously contextualizing and questioning the rules.
Elina runs “Visual Thinking” classes that combine the teaching of technique with elements of art history, theory and neuropsychology, fueled by her interest in the ways in which perception and the biology of vision can help overcome the hurdles faced when learning to draw and paint. She has exhibited in the United Kingdom, France and Spain. She is currently working between Paris and London and is curating an exhibition of figurative painting for the end of 2019.