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Orinko, Svetlana

Phone: +64 3 343 1494 | Mobile: 021-1234702
Website: www.svetlanaorinko.com

I began my journey as an artist at a very young age having inherited artistic abilities from my father. I was born and grew up in Ukraine.

At the age of 12 after passing an entrance examination I began a rigorous Classical Old Masters art education program, which would take me almost 10 years to complete. After completing my education I didn’t know any contemporary artist in Ukraine so the prospect of becoming professional artist never even crossed my mind. I was also an accomplished dressmaker and had my own clientele from which I was able to make a living.

Life was difficult and opportunities were limited in the former USSR. I started looking for solutions to better my world and to give my growing daughter a better future. In 1992 I immigrated to New Zealand and started painting again. Since that time I enjoyed amazing success and a growing reputation as one of the country’s top watercolour artist and teacher.

I become known for my detailed floral compositions and ability as a skillful portrait artist. My chosen mediums are oil and watercolour, and my style is best described as Contemporary Realism. My traditional art school background taught me that the real skill comes from: “Say what you want to say with minimum brushstrokes.”

I have won numerous Art Awards, has been featured in many publications and TV program “Put Some Colour in Your Life”.

Latest 5 years Art Awards & Achievements: (there are too many to mention)
  • Gordon Harris online watercolour contest 2017-second place.
  • Published in magazine "Pratique des Arts" HS Aquarelle (special -watercolour issue) France Oct/Nov 2016
  • Published in International Artist Magazine issue 109 June/July
  • Artsy Shark Featured Artist article April 2016
  • Featured Colour in Your Life Artist April 2016
  • 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
  • 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
Iceland Poppies III by Svetlana Orinko