Author, screenwriter-director, artist and researcher. Educated at Blanquerna-URL School of Communication in Barcelona, she attended film school courses at NYFA Los Angeles and ECAM in Madrid. Her work has been showcased at MoMA PS 1 as part of the New York Art Book Fair, European Culture Congress, Sprint Milano or the Center for Creative Communications (CCC) in Japan, to name a few.

Gallen in her studio photographed by Suffo Moncloa.

Excelling for her self-initiated oracular projects and deeply tied to the arts, culture and fashion industries, a gaining recognition acknowledged Gallen as one of Spain’s high-profile creatives in her early 20s. Gallen was a judge to prestigious ADG Laus Awards and a professor at Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) Fashion Comm Masters. In 2014, her cross-media project Sacred Geometry was featured at Longing for Tesla exhibition in BWA Wrocław Gallery (Poland) as part of the European Culture Congress. She has edited artists’ books, co-curated and designed a multi-channel video-art installation Girls! Why did you decide to start a band? at MUSAC Contemporary Art Museum of Castille & Leon in 2016, reflecting on gender bias within the music industry.
Gallen has lectured at cultural centers La Casa Encendida, Fundación Mapfre or CentroCentro in Madrid. Most recently, she expanded her writing background at GenZ and Millennial platform, Freeda, with a focus on diversity. But her writing is best known for her first non-fiction book, El Diablo es una mujer (Lunwerg, 2021), a film theory essay that restores the myth of the femme fatale. Gallen’s experience in movie making, includes work as production designer of Spanish-French documentary Oscuro y Lucientes (Tourmalet Films, RTVE, Marmita Films) and award-winning horror short Disco Inferno, both known for their sleek aesthetics. As far as comercial work as both art director & filmmaker, her clients range from Universal Music Group, CANADA, Reebok, CAMPERLAB, Meliá Hotels International to 080 Barcelona Fashion week. 

Gallen’s methodology derives from a spectrum of disciplinary artistic fields and her corpus of work reflects her commitment to contribute to a though-provoking creative landscape and a broader discourse on gender representation, opening avenues for rethinking established paradigms. After optioning the rights to her first book, she’s in development of a doc-series with CDMX-based production company Anónima Media, led by actress and producer Eréndira Ibarra (Sense8, Matrix Revolutions). Gallen is writing spec screenplays, including biopic Garbo (8 on The Black List, 2nd rounder at Sundance Development Track 2023) and supernatural horror coming-of-age Les Malignes. ︎︎︎ Variety.com


Atelier Des Jeunes,
La Fabrica
Madrid, Spain

Atelier Des Jeunes,
La Fresh Gallery
Madrid, Spain

Longing for Tesla,
Design BWA gallery
in the context of
European Culture Congress,
Wrocław, Poland

JustMad Art Fair
Madrid, Spain

Sacred Geometry (solo)
Aix en Provence, France

Estoril FashionArt Festival
Estoril, Portugal

Sacred Geometry,
Urban Outfitters
Manchester, UK

In An Absolute World,
Sala Offlimits
Madrid, Spain
Lectures &Workshops

Guided visit to Chiara Fumai exhibition
La Casa Encendida, Madrid

MARY SHELLEY pre-release screening
organised by Sunset Cinema & Freeda Media
CentroCentro, Madrid

IED Visual Communication, Madrid

LIBROS MUTANTES: Perspectivas Mutantes
La Casa Encendida, Madrid

Press feat.

2023   VARIETY, Reforma
2021   elDiario.es, EL PAÍSEl Comercio
2017   VEIN
2015   Vanity Fair
2014   Fucking Young
2013   VICETendencias.tv

Artists' Books I edited

Fuego, No. 01: We Want To Believe, 2009
Fuego, No. 02: Great Minds Think Alike, 2010
Fuego, No. 03: Amulets, 2012
Elena Gallen, Sacred Geometry, 2010
Elena Gallen, Moiré Landscapes, 2013
Ruben Brulat, Sharing Paths, 2013
María Fonti, Para Vivir Por Favor, 2016


Girls! Why did you decide to start a band? 
MUSAC, Museum of Contemporary 
Art of Castille & Leon, Spain

Ruben Brulat, Sharing Paths
Espacio Valverde, Madrid, Spain

Co-editor, FUEGO
Barcelona, Spain

ArtBook Fairs

:ndex Guadalajara Art Book Fair,
Guadalajara, Mexico

Printed Matters,
NY Art Book Fair, MOMA PS1
New York City, USA

Sprint (Salone di editoria
indipendente e d'artista)
Milano, Italy

The Center for Creative
Communications (CCC)
Shizuoka, Japan

Libros Mutantes,
La Casa Encendida
Madrid, Spain

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