Elli Butto is an American artist living and working in New York City. She is currently attending Pratt Institute as a junior, and is majoring in painting and minoring in Museum and Gallery Practices. Working primarily in painting, she explores ideas of the self, and the effects womanhood has had on her life. She challenges the culture that oppresses women and forces them into the confines of gender norms and stereotypes, while also exploring her own relationship to being a woman.
Elli has been creating art from a very young age. At about eight, her parents recognized her passion and placed her in an after-school, private art class that she would stay in for eight years. Here, she learned about acrylic painting, collage, drawing, and various other mediums. In high school, she was an active student in the art classes, and in her 11th year, she was an officer in the art club. Also while in high school, she attended two early college programs and an honors sculpture program.
In addition to her artistic practice, Elli has also worked in self-publishing and zine-making. In collaboration with Hermanee Pipe, she ran the zine Underground Evolution, which focused on band interviews. She also worked as the editor for the literary magazine at her high school.
Her work in the creative fields is a continuous endeavor and passion. After she graduates, she plans on completing multiple residencies and exploring the world before attending graduate school.