Svetlana Orinko

Svetlana Orinko is a leading master of watercolor and oil mediums. She has been at the forefront of the New Zealand Art scene for over twenty-five years. As a young woman, she has received a Classical Art Education in Ukraine before immigrating to New Zealand in 1992.

Since that time she has enjoyed an amazing success and a growing reputation as one of the country’s top artists and tutor. She has won numerous Art Awards and has a strong national and international following.

Her impressive paintings are due to her ability to transform any chosen subject into visual poetic language. Covering an infinite variety of subjects, her sensitive, lyrical and atmospheric paintings have captured people and galleries from around the world.
She feels strongly that an artist must have good academic training, master art of drawing and understand form, composition and color to express well their passion for the subject matter.

Over the years her work has changed greatly and continues to evolve with each painting. “I never want to be stuck” painting only one way, one way or the other. “Variety is the spice of life and is especially that way for me with painting.”

Abstract Realism is an artistic philosophy behind Svetlana’s approach to painting. The language of paint, edges, value and color. It’s a visual point of view in which the subject matter is a vehicle, not the reason to paint beauty in today’s world.

Latest 5 years Art Awards & Achievements:

(there are too many to mention)

In 2016

Published in magazine “Pratique des Arts” HS Aquarelle (special watercolour issue) France Oct/November
Published in International Artist Magazine issue 109 June/July Artsy Shark Featured Artist article April
Featured Colour in Your Life Artist April

In 2015 – 2014

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

In 2013 -2009

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

Weekly Classes

I am offering small weekly art classes from my home based studio in Fendalton, Christchurch in 2017

It is open to adults of all abilities and levels of experience at both professional and hobby levels for those who would like to learn how to paint properly.

In today’s world of modern art education you may be taught what to paint (its all about concept and idea),the problem is that no one teaches you How to Paint.

In my class I will teach you some visual literacy ( understanding form, light and colour and how to make a 3D illusion on a flat surface ). Also you will learn about composition and how to make it work. I will show you many ways how to apply paint beautifully to paper or canvas (techniques). How to create a visual harmony, that is engaging and pleasing to the viewer.

I will teach in blocks of 4 weeks and you can continue as long as you like throughout the year.

Next block start date: TBA

$200 per 4 week block.

One on One

I am happy to offer for those out of town One on One Tuition for 1, 2 or 3 days.

I can try my best to fit in with the dates you are going to travel to New Zealand and Christchurch, no need to bring your art supplies in your baggage.

I will teach you at my own studio with art materials, food and drinks provided.

One Day – $800

Two Days – $1500

Three Days – $2100



I am open to invitation to teach your group. Please contact me to discuss the details.