Sveta Rumak was born in 1969 in the Ukraine before moving to the city of Chelny in Tartastan, Russia. She studied there at the Department of Art of Pedagogical Institute and continued her studies later at the Art Academy of Russia in Kazan where she was able to experiment freely with different media and print making techniques. She has exhibited in Russia, the USA and throughout Europe. Her work is widely sort after as both an artist and an illustrator. She now lives and works in Moscow.
A lot of the inspiration for her work comes from her childhood in the Ukraine then a magical place full of wild flowers, berries and beautiful lakes. Much of the symbolism, in her work stems from these childhood memories
Her paintings combine her rich visual language with Russian iconoclasm. There are references to Russian icons through the enlarged almond eyes, long straight noses and flattened figures sometimes in ornately patterned garments. Recurring themes in Sveta’s work include the connection between generations; childhood memories; the fragility of human life and the unsettled state of humanity. Her work is both simultaneously complex and simple, exploring underlying narratives and emotions. Her recent paintings are inspired by the transformation from childhood to adolescence. Her work is rich and soulful, often ambiguous with an otherworldly quality.
She has participated in more than 100 exhibitions in Russia and other countries and had 10 Solo exhibitions in Russia, the Czech Republic, Germany, the United States. Her works are in private and public collections in Russia, France, Italy, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Austria, Netherlands, Litva, Bulgaria, USA, Canada, Qatar, Israel, Turkey, Japan, Azerbaijan and other countries.