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 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.