Lyuba grew up in St. Petersburg, Russia. She started private painting lessons at the age of five, and at seven was selected for the Children’s Art Club in Leningrad, now St. Petersburg. She went on to the State University in St. Petersburg and received a BA and MFA in the College of Fine Arts.
Lyuba’s colorful still lifes are based on intricate settings she arranges in her studio. They demonstrate an appreciation of color harmony, which translates into imaginative figurative works. Lyuba’s style is reminiscent of her country’s charming folk traditions. Her subject matter is primarily drawn from her vivid imagination, although she often makes use of old books and photographs to enhance her ideas. She describes her paintings as “too symbolic to be realistic and too realistic to be symbolic.”
Less than ten years after arriving in the United States from Russia, Lyuba has received numerous awards and honors. She participated in the National Oil Painters of America competition and her work has been displayed at the American Artists Exhibition in Cincinnati, Ohio, and at the Westminster Abbey show in London. Notably, Lyuba is included in the Archive of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, in Washington, D.C.
Lyuba’s work is in public and private collections in the United States and seven other countries. She has illustrated several books and contributed writing to “Sketch Book Confidential: Secrets of the Master Artists,” by Northern Light books in Cincinatti (2011). Lyuba has also been included in the El Paso Museum of Art’s “Desert Modern and Beyond: Art from 1960 to the Present” exhibition and book (Summer 2012).