Elvira Pyrkova was born in May 1970 in Arsamas, Nizhni Novgorod Russia.
In 1980 Elvira was selected to study at the Central Art School, part of the Vasily Ivanovich Surikov Art Institute, graduating in 1988. Whilst there she studied under Alexander Smirnof, Natalya Bereznaya and Serguei Andreyaca, The National Acquarelle Gallery being named after him.
In 1988 Elvira studied costume design under the Soviet veteran costume designer Olga Kruchinina at the All Russia State Institute of Cinematography, graduating with honours in 1994.
Elvira then moved to Mexico where she lived and worked for eight years, regularly exhibiting in Mexico City, Guanajuato and Monterrey.
In 2002 Elvira moved to the UK and has exhibited in London and the Midlands. Two of her paintings were selected to be part of the exhibition ‘The Art of Love’ at the OXO Tower in London, and in 2005 Elvira had a one woman show at the Birmingham & Midlands Institute organised by the British-Russian Society. Twice her work has been short-listed for the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Prize and once for the Garrick-Milne Prize, and she has had a number of portrait commissions; including to paint the portraits of Saints George, David, Patrick and Andrew for the Erdington Abbey Church of Saints Thomas and Edmund of Canterbury.