Elisa was born in Lima, Peru. Named after a mermaid, she was destined to have a magical view of the world around her. Initially photography was only a reference for her illustration projects, but it quickly began to appeal to her inherent creativity. Having worked in the design and advertising fields early in her career, she is strongly drawn to the balance of graphic shapes and the strength of color and contrast.
Heavily influenced by the pagan aspects of Catholic iconography, mythology, the Art Deco and Art Nouveau aesthetics, and the art of the Pre-Raphaelite movement, her work reflects dark sensuality, mythology and luxury of form. A traditional film photographer for a decade, she embraced digital photography after experimenting with color and post production and realizing the medium translated her artistic vision perfectly. Her images are often described as dark, dreamlike, and surreal. Her nude work focuses on the human figure juxtaposed with textures and materials that are foreign to flesh, images that are exotic and alien.