Elena Samborskaya paintings have the beguiling charm of Russian folk art and yet use modern subjects. She returned to painting a few years ago after working as an architectural designer in the eighties. Besides shows in her native Volgograd and other Russian cities, in the early nineties her work was shown a in Italy and in Germany at the ART HAMBURG show. She says of her work, ". In my youth, I tried to copy the artists who charmed me most, but these were stopovers on the path to find my own way. I was, at times, sick with measles and chicken pox, just as I was sick with the French impressionists and the Russian avant-garde of the 1920-30ís. I still admire the models of Renoir and the creative road of Malevich as much as I did when young. The personality of Picasso shocks with its scale. It is necessary to find, examine and separate your unique voice from among those beautiful, strong voices, and that is exactly what I am busy doing."