- Olena Starynets is an Ukrainian fine artist, writer, intellectual and dissident.
- She comes from a long line of noble ancestors.
- She is writing mostly in Ukrainian, her native language.
- She was born in the Eastern Germany, Cottbus, in the family of Artillery Colonel of the Soviet Army.Starynets was living in the Eastern Ukraine, Zaporizhzhia, since Dec.1959 and until she left for the U.S.A. in 1998.
- She earned her Master degree in the Repin Institute (St.Petersburg, Russia) in 1981 in the field of Fine Art. She is a freelance fine artist.
- Now Olena Starynets lives in California, U.S.A., where she was granted a political asylum in 1999, permanent residence in 2005 and American citizenship in 2010. She study in SBCC since January 2013. Her major is digital photography.
- Member of the SCA (South California Artists, O.C.) group
- Assosiate member of the P.E.N. Center, Los Angeles, U.S.A.
- Assosiate member of the P.E.N. American Center, New York, U.S.A.