Elena Piedra, born in Ecuador, came to Los Angeles to study English and Arts.  She always liked to draw people and anything related to clothes, so she decided to go at the Los Angeles Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, where she had as one of her instructor of Fashion Illustration the famous artist and Fashion Illustrator, Nancy Riegelman.  She graduated as a Fashion Designer in 1983.

In the past few years, Elena’s mentor, commercial illustrator Nora Koerber (B.F.A/ Art Center College of Design), has helped her expand her artistic career.