Ela Bauer, born in Poland in 1960, grew up in Israel. After completing her studies at the Hebrew University (comparative literature and indology), Jerusalem from 1982-1989, she went to study jewelry at Technical School in Jerusalem from 1988-1989 and at Rietveld Academie in the Netherlands from 1990-1995. In 2005, She took part in the Masterclass in the European Ceramic Center with Daniel Kruger, Den Bosch.
Her work is to a big extent colored with the notion that 'things' are not clearly defined, like “How do we define ‘Things’?”, “How do simple forms function when warn?”. The simple forms seem to contain many other, more elaborate forms in them; they function as symbols to the forms, and become an emblem when worn. Inspired by the internal and external aspects of the human form, Ela Bauer works with silicone rubber since its tactile quality, plasticity and color possibilities all lend themselves to her artistic intention.
Ela Bauer attended exhibitions worldwide, including Gallery Ra. Amsterdam, NL., Gallery Mari Funaki, Melbourne, Australia, The Eretz Israel Museum, TelAviv, Israel, The Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul, Korea, Manchester Craft & Design Center, Manchester, UK. Her work is included in museums collections: Museum of Art and Design, NY, USA, Grassi Museum, Leipzig, Germany, Pinakothek der Moderne, Dänner Collection, Munich, Germany, Hiko Mizuno Collection, Tokyo, Japan, Textile Museum, Tilburg, The Netherlands.