I, Elsa Nafikova, was born on May 8, 1973 in the city of Ufa, the republic of Bashkortostan. I live and work in Ufa.
In 1985-1989 I was studied at the Art School of the Arts Department of the Ufa of a graphic artist N. Grigoriev.
In 1991-1996 I was a full-time student of the Bashkir state Teachers’ Training University, an artistic-Drawing faculty, «Painting» by profession (under instructor Rinat Kharisov).
In 1995-1996 I attended Rais Gaitov studio.
Since 1999 I have been participating in art exhibitions. I am the participant of republican and regional youth exhibitions.
Since 2002, under the influence of a well-known Ufa painter, Rais Gaitov, I have been engaged in printing easel graphic art. In the printing graphic art I work in the technique of linocut and dry-point.
I am a participant of a number of international contest exhibitions of printing graphic art in Russia and abroad.
From 2006 I am a member of the Union of Arts Russia and a member of international association of Art UNESCO.
Elza Nafikova is a universally gifted artist: she displays in her creative activity an equivalent interest both to painting and to easel printing graphic art.
She got an artistic education at an Artistic-Drawing faculty of the Bashkir State Teachers` Institute (University at present; 1991-1996),
Since 1999 she has been an active participant of art exhibitions: printing graphic art republican and international specialized ones and contests in such European countries as Spain, Romania, Сzech Republic, Belgium. She was awarded a diploma of a participant of the «White Naigts» Second Independent International Biennale of graphic Art (Saint-Petersburg) by the biennale and by the modern Graphics Development fund for her participation in this Biennale in 2004.
PARTICIPATION IN EXHIBITIONS
Exhibitions and competitions international:
2002 – MPI ХХII de Cadaques, Barcelona Spain
2002 – The III international triennial exhibition of an ex-libris and graphics of small forms on a subject “Gallant and erotic”. Havirov, Czech Republic.
2003 – MPI XXIII de Cadaques, Barcelona Spain