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Elena Molena is an artist and a printmaker.

Elena Molena was born in Padua in 1974, is a Professor of Printmaking and Graphic Art at the Academy of Fine Art of Venice, and she lives in Campodarsego, a small town just outside Padua.

She graduated in Painting in 1998, followed by a specialization in Graphic Art in 2008, both at the Academy of Fine Art of Venice. She collaborated with KAUS Urbino International Art Centre where she gained in-depth knowledge of engraving and printmaking.

Her career in teaching as a Professor of Printmaking and Graphic Art started at the Academy of Fine Art of Venice in 2009. Within this role Elena was granted several “Erasmus Teacher Mobility” scholarships. Starting in 2014 at the Faculty of Fine Art at the University of Granada; in 2015 at the Faculty of Fine Art at the Complutense University of Madrid; in 2023 at the Faculty of Fine Art at the University of Seville. As well as this she was a speaker at the conference “Tetrapak and printmaking – an artistic focus” which was part of a of PhD programme in Art and Heritage 2022.

Elena works with several associations to raise awareness and foster research in the printmaking field. In 2022 she held a training course “Contemporary printmaking workshop” for teachers at the Art School Cademia of Ortisei and in July/August 2022 she taught “Engraving” at the Summer Academy Gardena of Ortisei.

Exhibitions of her works are in Italy and abroad and are either displayed or kept in both private and public art collections. Including the prestigious National Institute for Graphic in Rome where some of her prints are part of the collection since 2012.

For several years her style has focused on the research of the metamorphosis of the urban and Venetian lagoon landscape. In her work she investigates and experiments with texture and matter, using engraving techniques as a form of favoured alphabet. In this way her artistic language assumes a symbolic meaning in the perception of the constant change of identity.