What you see isn’t necessarily what it is supposed to be”
Born in 1980 in
- a small country of just 2 or so million inhabitants, in the North of Europe - which was at that time under Soviet occupation. Riga, Latvia
As a recluse dreamy child, she searched for the most appropriate occupation in different fields of culture since early age. Around the kindergarten finishing time the future was clear - "I was going to be a painter". Inspired by children book illustrations, by painting school of Russian realism, by incredible Soviet animation masters, by the subtle images of her devoutly Catholic granny's religious postcards reproducing European Renaissance masters' Biblical theme paintings etc. A prospect of being one of the people able to create such powerful visual imagery was equal to a prospect of being half-god.
Jana's parents approved of her choice, as being an artist meant a respectful and prosperous life in
Soviet Union - as long as one was tractable to the system of course.
Jana entered maybe the most respectable art elementary school in
, at the age of 10, and, Latvia
guarded by the best Latvian professional artists, was pressed to paint and paint, and paint,
at least 5 hours a day just painting, more and more hours of painting with each year, to
achieve the craftsmanship of old masters. It was like a factory for producing skilled
workmen. She started participating in international professional shows, events and projects
since 1995 when still in school, age of 15.
The Soviet occupation was just over;
was a free country struggling for political and Latvia
economical self-dependence and stability. The public space was overflown with colorful profuse
imagery of the western pop culture, for me - rare secret items, surrounded by almost mystical
atmosphere, making my heart gallop.
Being an artist was not so preset, plain and settled path anymore. But Jana was unstoppable, and went on, to the Art Academy of Latvia, finally receiving a Fine Arts Master's degree in
"I've been happily searching and creating, making my dreamy, haunted, subtle images since then, experimenting with ways and means to depict the poetry, symbolism and magic of the everyday life of the bizarre insubstantial world we're living in."
Exhibited through Europe (
UK, Belgium, Germany, Italy, France, Russia, Finland, Belorussia, Switzerland etc.) and the . USA
Jana’s work immediately conjures an emotion inciting the viewer to question, find out. They intrigue and beg curiosity. Often using symbols and mythological figures she communicates her European heritage and culture.