One of the Soviet Union's most magnificent exports, Viktor Shvaiko is a classical contemporary artist. His manner of conveying warmth and mood through the canvas is near impossible to match. What's more, Shvaiko's use of rich colors in combination with his distinct eye for extraordinary locales makes his work both unique and familiar.
Born in the extremely rural town of Altai, Russia, Viktor Shvaiko was raised amongst the purest of natural beauty. With the wilderness as his muse, Shvaiko had no shortage of inspirations as an artistic child. His instinctive talent and ambitious drive landed Viktor at the exalted Novoaltaisk Artistic School, where he studied for several years.
Hard work and artistic growth notwithstanding, it wasn't long before Shvaiko felt he had exhausted all of the opportunities the Soviet Union at that time could provide. Unable to get a European visa, Shvaiko assumed the risk of death and bravely fled to Italy. Once there, he made a living by selling his paintings on the streets of Rome and further developing his craft.
Viktor Shvaiko has come an incredibly long way since his brief residency as an Italian street vendor. After receiving positive recognition for his work in America, Shvaiko's star continued to rise. Today, he is considered one of the foremost painters in the world. Subsequently, we at Greg Lane Fine Arts are delighted to feature a wide selection of his work. We encourage you to browse our online gallery and get a virtual firsthand glimpse of Shvaiko's style.