Elena Alonso Fernández is a visual artist from Vigo (Galicia, Spain). She studied Fine Arts at the Universities of Salamanca, Helsinki, and Barcelona. In 2018, she graduated from the postgraduate master’s program Art in Context at the University of the Arts Berlin (UdK) with Prof. Dr. Jörg Heiser. Her work has been shown at the New Media Society in Tehran, the AHNE Festival in Helsinki, during the XIII Havana Biennial, and in several group and solo exhibitions in Berlin, where she has lived and worked since 2011.
Alonso works at the intersection of painting and participatory art. She explores the contemporary potential of the portrait through participatory approaches that allow both humans and non-humans to become active co-creators of their representation. Her most recent project focused on the importance of kelp forests, collaborating with marine biologists, coastal communities, and even a seaweed. Alonso is excited to join the Falkor (too) and begin her new interdisciplinary research on deep-sea ecosystems.