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Svetlana Shalygina
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space In 1973, Svetlana Shalygina was born into a poor, humble working class family in Efremov, Russia. She and an older sister were raised in a small, studio apartment 200 miles south of Moscow by parents who worked in a local factory but were very devoted to their children. Svetlana grew up close to nature in wide-open Russian countryside and picturesque valleys which she sketched and painted throughout her childhood. It was here she developed a strong interest in Russian classical art, poetry, music and literature.
A naturally romantic curiosity about life took Svetlana to Moscow and St. Petersburg at age 18, where she lived and worked on her own. In Moscow, her intuitive art talent was fed by the greatest museums in the world, and nourished by the inspiration of the world’s unsurpassed classical masters. Svetlana also continued her quest for knowledge by travelling to Paris, Milan, Rome, Vienna, and other European cities to better harmonize her developing identity with the original work of modern masters. At 20, her life took a dramatic turn when she seized a remarkable opportunity to come to the United States.
America was to become her second home, but saying goodbye to her supportive family and friends in the former Soviet Union was made especially difficult because complex emigration laws prevented her from returning for at least a decade. Her new life in the Land of Opportunity was difficult at first. She cleaned houses and washed dishes in a New Jersey restaurant. Discouraged and lost, Svetlana came to realize that no matter how hard she worked, an expensive formal art education in New York City would not become a reality.
In 1996, Svetlana Shalygina’s interests took her and her few belongings to Phoenix, Arizona where the desert’s sunny weather, great beauty, and affordable living heartened the young artist. For the next twelve years, she lived and maintained her studio in the American West. Without a formal art education, Svetlana took a different route to success—self-study, experimentation, and the development of a unique creative path.
The foundation of Svetlana’s unique style is the poetry and beauty she treasured as a child, and the love she still feels for her Homeland. The core of her creative expression is both personal and nostalgic—to the point she was originally reluctant to share her vision openly with others. Her maturing style has been strongly influenced by her love of nature and her interest in human behavior and emotion. Several years ago, Svetlana’s intriguing and sophisticated body of work was discovered by an accomplished fellow artist and art collector who encouraged her to expand her palette and unveil her creative vision to the world.
Svetlana Shalygina is now a full-time artist living and painting in Newport Beach, California. Happily, she now returns to her native soil each summer to visit family and friends.
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Svetlana Shalygina - Parallel Lives
"Parallel Lives"

Svetlana Shalygina - The Concept of Individuality
"The Concept of Individuality"

Svetlana Shalygina - Saint Germain Pour Deux - Series #17
"Saint Germain Pour Deux - Series #17"

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Svetlana Shalygina - The Artist's Inspiration Window
"The Artist's Inspiration Window"

Svetlana Shalygina - Composure
"Composure"

Svetlana Shalygina - Psychological Equilibrium" series#3
"Psychological Equilibrium" series#3 "

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Svetlana Shalygina - It Takes Two
"It Takes Two"

Svetlana Shalygina - Poetic Afflatus
"Poetic Afflatus"

Svetlana Shalygina - Effusion of Strength   series #2
"Effusion of Strength series #2 "

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Svetlana Shalygina - The Image of Your Own Imagination
"The Image of Your Own Imagination"

Svetlana Shalygina - Beautification of the Soul
"Beautification of the Soul"

Svetlana Shalygina - 6,267 Miles Away
"6,267 Miles Away"

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Svetlana Shalygina - The Artist's Window
"The Artist's Window"

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Svetlana Shalygina - Next
"Next"

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Svetlana Shalygina - Separation Anxiety
"Separation Anxiety"

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Svetlana Shalygina - The Morning Paper - Paris No. 1 Series
"The Morning Paper - Paris No. 1 Series"

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Svetlana Shalygina - The Gates of Freedom
"The Gates of Freedom"

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Svetlana Shalygina - Silhouettes de Versailles
"Silhouettes de Versailles"

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Svetlana Shalygina - Silhouette de Versailles - Series No. 8
"Silhouette de Versailles - Series No. 8"

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Svetlana Shalygina - The Existence of an Individual Consciousness
"The Existence of an Individual Consciousness"

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Svetlana Shalygina - The Path for Two
"The Path for Two"

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Svetlana Shalygina - Silhouetted de Versailles - Series #11
"Silhouetted de Versailles - Series #11"

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Svetlana Shalygina - Silhouettes De Versailles  series #19
"Silhouettes De Versailles series #19 "

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Svetlana Shalygina - The Artist's Window No. 3
"The Artist's Window No. 3"

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Svetlana Shalygina - The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
"The Umbrellas of Cherbourg"

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Svetlana Shalygina - Instant Attraction
"Instant Attraction"

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Svetlana Shalygina - Silouettes de Versailles No. 25
"Silouettes de Versailles No. 25"

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Svetlana Shalygina - The Day Off
"The Day Off"

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Svetlana Shalygina - The True Language of Love - Series No. 2
"The True Language of Love - Series No. 2"

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Svetlana Shalygina - Summer Drizzle
"Summer Drizzle"

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Svetlana Shalygina - Une Belle Histoire (A Beautiful Story)
"Une Belle Histoire (A Beautiful Story)"

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Svetlana Shalygina - The Nude
"The Nude"

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Svetlana Shalygina - Paris for Two
"Paris for Two"

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Svetlana Shalygina - Going Dutch
"Going Dutch"

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Svetlana Shalygina - The Balance Within
"The Balance Within"

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Svetlana Shalygina - Philosophical Reflection
"Philosophical Reflection"

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Svetlana Shalygina - Pragmatic
"Pragmatic"

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Svetlana Shalygina - The Archetypes
"The Archetypes"

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Svetlana Shalygina - In Perfect Equlibrium
"In Perfect Equlibrium"

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Svetlana Shalygina - The Intellectuals
"The Intellectuals"

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