About artist

“I always had a passion for art, I knew this was my gift yet my career took me away from my passion. It was only in 2019 that I knew that I could no longer live a lie so I swapped a career in business for a profession as a full-time artist, a job that in my heart I was always meant to do.”

Elena Kurochko (ex. Elena K.Smith) is an award-winning artist currently based in Moscow, Russia. She completed a master's degree in cartography and the design of geographic maps. Since 2012 Elena has been running her business in geodesy and cartography, cadastre, and topography. In 2013 she graduated with a master's degree in management. In 2019 she left her business to fully pursue her career in art.

Through her works, Elena explores the concept of escaping from the stress of the city to the "luxurious sea horizon". Creating in a distinctive style that fuses realism with pop art, Elena endeavors to capture the imprint of time, space, mood, and emotions.

Her artworks are in private collections across the world mostly in the Europe, USA, UK, South Korea and Australia. Her paintings are regularly noted by art curators at leading galleries and appear in special curatorial selections.

Elena uses only the highest quality professional materials for her paintings because she wants to be sure that the buyer will be satisfied and the picture will be able to bring him joy for as long as possible.


  • 2022 Urbanside Gallery / Zurich Switzerland - Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2021 Artbox.Project Zurich 3.0 Swiss Art Expo / Art Expo - Zurich, Switzerland


Best of January 2022 Artfinder.com

Semi-finalist for the ARTBOX.PROJECT WORLD 2.0, Zurich, Switzerland

Semi-finalist for the ARTBOX.PROJECT Zurich 3.0

Best of March 2021 | Saatchi Art

Featured in the upcoming New This Week Collection 03-08-2021 on Saatchi Art’s homepage

Featured in The Start of Summer: Swimming Pools & Backyards collection Saatchi Art

Featured in The New Portraits of Women collection Saatchi Art

Featured in The Helen's David Hockney Collection Created by Artfinder Collections


MA 2013 | Lomonosov Moscow State University

MA 2009 | Moscow State University of Geodesy and Cartography

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