Elisa was born and raised in the Renaissance city of Florence, Italy, where she studied fashion design. After working for several years in Portugal for the UK brand Next and in Los Angeles for Arden B, she returned to Florence where she worked as a freelance designer for several local companies. After a vacation to Mexico in 2006, she fell in love with the people and culture of the country and decided to make it her home, specializing in portraiture. She now combines raising her two sons with painting and being constantly inspired by the colors and vibrance of her adopted country. She illustrates children's books as well as volunteers for charitable organizations by painting murals for the beautification of the local Mayan school buildings.