Upon seeing a painting of St. Sebastian in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy at the age of four, Lana Svirejeva vowed to become a painter in the classical tradition. True to her word, by the time she was seventeen, Svirejeva was already exhibiting in a solo exhibition. Born in Toronto, Canada, she now calls the beautiful town of Potsdam, Germany home.
Svirejeva is currently at work on her BA in Painting at the Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland. She is the recipient of many accolades, including the prestigious Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant and the Excellence in Drawing Award at the Royal Academy of Art. Her work often features woodland fairytale-like women, men, and creatures set within a contemporary context. While she currently studies modernism, her works display a mastery of form and proportion gleaned from her courses on 19th century draftsmanship and painting at The Florence Academy of Art in Sweden. Primarily working from live models, Svirejeva utilizes oil paint, charcoal, and graphite to create stunning works that appeal to a large audience.