Karina Elbatova

Karina Eibatova for ZigZagZurich

Karina Eibatova (Eika) is an illustrator and fine-artist, born in Leningrad, Russia, currently based in London. She specialises in drawing, illustration, murals, video, calligraphy and typography.

Her portfolio reveals a versatile artist equally adept at colourful surrealist explorations as well as more traditional approaches. Influenced by earth and space, she delicately transforms floral motives into her own surreal, psychedelic scenes, rebelling against the remorseless actions of society and the continual destruction of the environment.

Karina Eibatova was fond of drawing since childhood, she studied classical art disciplines in St. Petersburg, fine art education in Sweden, contemporary art in Moscow, and in 2011 Karina studied media art in Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. From 2014 Karina Eibatova continues her studies at Central Saint Martin’s University of Arts in London.

Since 2006 Eika also takes part in a creative collective called Dopludo. Their recent projects are: wall drawings in a new store in Sydney, murals and the interior of a new café-bar in St. Petersburg, and drawings for a whole floor in a new hotel in Barcelona.


ZigZagZurich collaborates with artists and designers, both established and new, on unique collections transformed into textiles under the direction of creative director Michele Rondelli and the founders of ZigZagZurich.