Elaine Marinoff received her Bachelor of Arts degree from UCLA, studied liberal arts at the University of California at Berkeley. She did post-graduate studies in painting at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

Originally from Los Angeles, Marinoff relocated to New York City in 1988.

Partial listing of her exhibitions are as follows: She had more than 20 one-person and participated in over 100 group exhibitions. She showed at Peter Marcelle gallery in Bridgehampton, New York; Allen Sheppard, Andre Zarre, Sampson Fine Arts, and Kouros galleries in New York City. Also at New York University and the Noyes Museum in Oceanville, New Jersey.

She began showing in California at The Laguna Museum of Art, the Downey Museum, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She also showed early with the Locar Discovery Gallery at the Los Angeles Museum of Science and Industry, the Provincetown Museum in MA; in Los Angeles at the University of Judaism, Richard Bennett, Karl Borenstein and the Heritage Galleries. Claudia Chapline Gallery in Northern California, Eva Cohon Gallery in Chicago showed her work and the Galerie Woeller-Paquet and das Bilderhaus in Frankfurt, Germany, among others.

Marinoff taught Silkscreen printing at UCLA as an adjunct- professor from 1985 to 1988. She was on the board of directors of the Fine Arts Federation of New York City from 1998 to 2008.