Elena Skoreyko Wagner papercut illustrator


Canadian illustrator Elena Skoreyko Wagner earned a BFA in studio art from York University in Toronto, Canada in 2006. She then spent a decade winding her way through a labyrinth of odd jobs and a master's degree in occupational therapy, which was briefly interrupted by the small matter of a surprise baby and immediately followed by a hop across the Atlantic and all the wild wonders of raising small people (auf Deutsch). She found her way to illustration when some former professors asked her to illustrate a paediatric assessment and suddenly, everything made sense!

She now works as a freelance illustrator and makes zines and colourful hand-cut paper collages pieced together from collected paper snippets.  Her work is often narrative, depicting women and children to touch gently on health and social issues, find magic, and uncover meaning in the mundane. 

Elena lives in York, UK with her economist husband and two children. She can be found most days nestled in a nook, manifesting a rainbow tornado of paper snippets, or making equally impressive messes with her two small protégés.