Elvira Vigna was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1947. She has a diploma in French Literature from the University of Nancy (France) and a Masters in Theory of Signification from the Communications Faculty in Rio de Janeiro. She began her literary career in 1988 as a writer of fiction for children and young people with her novel Sete Anos e Um Dia (Seven Years and A Day) and then began writing for adults. In the same year she opened a translation agency, which still operates to this day. Between 1984 and 1985, she attended the Parsons School of Design in New York after completing a three-year major in printmaking at the Institute of Fine Arts in Rio de Janeiro, and in 2008, completed a one-year course on Art History at Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP). Her experimental art work has been exhibited at several high-profile venues around Rio de Janeiro, including the library of the Cultura Inglesa in Rio de Janeiro (1990), the Gávea Planetarium (1996), and the Vila Riso (1998) and for four years she was the exclusive cover artist of a Japanese culture magazine published by Kodansha. In 2003 she attended the Darcy Ribeiro Film School in Rio de Janeiro and completed a course in screenplay writing. She has been working as a journalist since the 1990s and has written for O Globo, Folha de São Paulo, and Jornal do Brazil. To date, she has published 34 books including novels, short stories and theoretical works.