Elya May





Elya May (Ellina Lapovok) was born in 1977 in former USSR in Sverdlovsk. Since her early childhood May was showing interest to fine arts and attended an art school for children. One of her works took part in an international exhibition in Bulgaria and was published in a book ‘Art of the Children of Ural’.

When May turned 13 her mother has moved with her to Melbourne, Australia. She studied Fine Arts at Monash University, and later Interactive Media at Victorian College of the Arts. After completion of her studies she worked as a graphic designer but has abandoned this field of work in favor of a career in Fine Art.

Works of Elya May, were exhibited in various art galleries, including Chiara Goya, Manyong and Latrobe Valley Gallery in Australia and Vinogradov and Uhrwerk Galleries in Berlin. Most recently May has exhibited in Moscow in ‘Cultural Centre Dom’. She received university prize ‘Fields of Vision’, and prestigious ‘Pratt Foundation Scholarship’. Her work was also included in ‘Palm Press’ art publications in 2013. May’s work encompasses painting, interactive media and performance.