I began my journey as an artist at a very young age having inherited artistic abilities from my father. I was born and grew up in Ukraine.
At the age of 12 after passing an entrance examination I began a rigorous Classical Old Masters art education program, which would take me almost 10 years to complete.
After completing my education I didn’t know any contemporary artist in Ukraine so the prospect of becoming professional artist never even crossed my mind. I was also an accomplished dressmaker and had my own clientele from which I was able to make a living.
Life was difficult and opportunities were limited in the former USSR. I started looking for solutions to better my world and to give my growing daughter a better future. In 1992 I emmigrated to New Zealand and started painting again. Since that time I enjoyed amazing success and a growing reputation as one of the country’s top artist and teacher.
I become known for my detailed floral compositions and ability as a skillful portrait artist.
My chosen mediums are oil and watercolour, and my style is best described as Contemporary Realism.
My traditional art school background taught me that the real skill comes from: “Say what you want to say with minimum brushstrokes”
I have won numerous Art Awards, have been featured in many publications and on the TV program “Put Some Colour in Your Life”
Latest 5 years Art Awards & Achievements: (there are too many to mention)
Published in magazine "Pratique des Arts" HS Aquarelle (special watercolour issue) France Sept/Oct 2016
Published in International Artist Magazine issue 109 June/July
Artsy Shark Featured Artist article April 2016
Featured Colour in Your Life Artist April 2016
Kath von Tunzelman Memorial Watercolour Award 2015, Ashburton
Lysaght Watt People Choice Award 2015 “Self-portrait”
Most Innovative Painting Award, Splash 2015, Watercolour NZ
Winner of Peter Yealands Wine People Choice Award Chch Art Show 2014
Finalist World Watercolour Competition, France 2014
Finalist Salon International 2014 Art Award San Antonio, USA
Watercolour NZ Supreme Award 2013
Art2die4 Award Ashburton 2013
Second Award West Melton Art Exhibition 2013
NZ Watercolour 2012 Art Award, second
People Choice 2012 Art in a Garden, Flaxmere
West Melton Annual Art Exhibition, Second Award 2010
Finalist North Shore City Art Award 2010
North Otago Art Society Merit Award 2009
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Some Examples of Svetlana's Work
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