Elena Darikovich was born near Moscow on December 26, 1951. She was an internationally recognized filmmaker, painter, author and photographer.
She attended art school in Kropotkinskaya, studying with the outstanding Moscow-based artist Mikhail Roginsky. After graduation, she worked as a painter but fascinated by cinema and photography, she became a member of the Moscow Film Club. In 1982, she won the Prize of the All-Union competition for an amateur film and in 2010 she directed her own film.
She was actively involved in photography, working alongside photographers such as Boris Savelev, Vyacheslav Tarnovetsky, Alexander Slyusarev and Boris Mikhailov and taking part in several group exhibitions in Moscow. Her photographs have been published on the first Western book about Soviet photography, Another Russia (London, 1986) and in Changing Reality (Washington, 1989) and are part of the collection of museums such as Chicago Art Institute, MOMA San Francisco, Corcoran Gallery of Art.
In the 1990s Elena Darikovich began creating a series of Naive Portraits, a series of digital paintings about fictional characters. At the same time, she wrote a number of short stories and books. Her book Sherlock Holmes and the Scary Room, illustrated with her drawings, was published in 2011. She also wrote songs in collaboration with musician S. Pnev.
Elena descended from the family of Severin Nalivaiko, and was proud of the way he is remembered as a fighter for the Orthodox Church. She married Boris Savelev in 1982 and since 2010 she lived in Chernivtsi.
She died on August 14, 2017 and is buried in Chernivtsi Old Cemetery.