Elatra is an Algerian-American artist who grew up with a mix of French and North African culture. She, first, pursued engineering studies which only reinforced her need to live her art fully. She benefited from Art residencies in Portugal and Germany. Mainly self-taught, she studied art at Pacific Northwest College of art (Portland) and Paris University. She taught art in French schools in the US and is now back to France, her forever host country. She exhibited in Paris, Algiers, Portland, Lisbon, Hersbruck (Germany), Washington and Virginia (list below for details).
"A face, a body fragment, and an oneiric atmosphere, where reality and dreams, intuition and rationality, feminine and masculine are all but merged. I explore forms and colors in a permanent visual quest of the nature of human, the nature of emotions and feelings. A sort of telepathic painting of what lies behind the eyes, behind every trait of the figure, what emanates from it and what we perceive from it. It is also a work on memory and what remains. The memory of the body and the heart."
August 2020, Paris: Salon des artistes, Galerie Martine Moisan- Galerie Vivienne, Paris IIe
February 2020, Paris: Solo show "Mouvements intimes", L'Autre Lieu-Anis Gras (Arcueil)
October. 2019, Paris: Group show "Noir et blanc", Galerie Libre Est l'Art, Paris IIIe.
Dec. 2018, Paris: Group show Arts Pluriels, Espace Lhomond, Paris Vème.
June-Aug. 2017, Washington DC: Solo show "La rumeur de la lumière", Café Tryst
Jan 2017, Hersbruck, Allemagne: Group show at Kunstmuseum Hersbruck Museum
Oct./Nov. 2016, Alexandria, Virginie: Group show at Torpedo Factory Gallery
May 2016, Algiers, Algeria: Selected piece for group show at Swiss Embassy
May 2016, Hohenstein,Germany: Exhibition/Open studios at Alte Schule art residency
Jan 2016, Lisbon, Portugal: Exhibition/Open studios at Roundabout art residency
May 2014, Portland, Oregon: Solo show "Immersion sentimentale", at French Cut Hair
Nov. 2013, Portland, Oregon: Solo show "Algerian eyes", at The Westshore building
March 2006, Paris: Group show at the Art festival, Cité Internationale Universitaire
L'Autre Lieu – Anis Gras (France): One week residency (Feb 2020) Hohenstein Alte Schule, (Germany) : Grant for 2 months residency (April-may 2016) Roundabout, Lisbon(Portugal): 3 months residency (Nov 2015-Jan 2016)