Elsa Mora is a Cuban artist who was born in 1971, in Holguín, Cuba. She attended The Professional School of Visual Arts, in Camagüey and The Vocational School of Arts, Holguín, both in Cuba. She currently lives and works in New York. Mora’s work can be found at the NMWA- National Museum of Women in the Arts, in Washington DC; as well as in numerous private collections in Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Australia, Japan and the United States.
Her work has been included in many exhibitions, most recently in Once Upon a Time: Fairy Tales, Fantasy and Contemporary Art, at the Racine Art Museum, in Racine, Wisconsin.
Inspired by nature, and partially based on the long tradition of botanical illustration, Mora takes passages from the natural world as similes for stages in human life. She is exploring the concept of transformation from a symbiotic point of view, blending vegetation and humans. Mora’s distinctive ‘women’ are created with mixed elements from both worlds; her female torsos have either faces constructed of groupings of birds, or arrangements of flowers for heads resulting in extraordinary surrealistic creatures.