Lana Matskiv (née Svetlana Galkina) was born in Ukraine and underwent rigorous training in structural drawing and constructivist style of rendering under the instruction of Oleh Nedoshytko, Odesa Ukraine. After the completion of the Fine Art Foundations program at George Brown College, Lana continues to hone the mastery of her craft through the French Atelier method at the Toronto Academy of Realist Art.
Lana is a member of the Ukrainian Association of Visual Artists of Canada and the Women’s Art Association of Canada. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Ukrainian Canadian Art Foundation and on display at the Ukrainian Consulate in Toronto, as well as in private and corporate collections in Canada, the USA, and Ukraine. In 2022, Lana’s work received an honorable mention and was chosen as a selected exhibitor at The Art Preservation Institute. As a Ukrainian-Canadian artist, she auctioned her works at Waddington’s Auctions and donated money to support Ukraine. A figurative symbolist painter, Lana depicts moments of transition in people’s lives, as she believes that these are moments when people defy the gravity of their comfort zone, rebel against conformity, and choose a path that requires courage, integrity, and a sense of adventure.
Hope lives forever it is never late for happiness is the theme of this graphic work, rendered in graphite on paper and embellished with elements of collage, with the use of handmade paper, and semi-precious stones (onyx and opal).