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About the Artist

Svetlana Semenova is a contemporary artist, based in London, trained in the classical-realist tradition. 


Svetlana has exhibited in the United States, Europe and Russia, including numerous shows at the Mall Galleries in London. She has received several awards and scholarships for her still life and portrait paintings, including from the prestigious Art Renewal Center. Svetlana’s medium is primarily oils and charcoal, and her works include portraiture, still life and landscapes paintings and drawings. Svetlana’s work is firmly rooted in the tradition of representational art, particularly as passed down through the historical lineage of European ateliers and academies, while also incorporating modern materials and themes.


Svetlana has completed courses in art and design at Central St. Martins, in academic drawing and painting at the School of Architecture and Design in Moscow, Russia, and she graduated from the London Atelier of Representational Art (LARA). 

Selected exhibitions:

  • The Society of Women Artists' Annual Exhibition (2023)

  • The Royal Institute of Oil Painters' Annual Exhibition (2022)

  • The Royal Society of Marine Artists' Annual Exhibition (2021)

  • Portraits for NHS Heroes Exhibition (2020)

  • The Society of Women Artists' Annual Exhibition (2020)

  • The Royal Society of British Artists' Annual Exhibition (2020)

  • The Royal Institute of Oil Painters' Annual Exhibition (2019)

  • The Royal Society of Marine Artists' Exhibition (2019)

  • The Royal Society of British Artists' Annual Exhibition (2019)

  • The Society of Women Artists' Annual Exhibition (2019)

  • The Royal Society of British Artists' "Rising Stars" Show (2018)

  • The Royal Society of British Artists' Annual Exhibition (2018)


Selected awards and recognitions:

  • Winner of the Dame Emma Thompson Women in Art Prize (2023)

  • Winner of the Stanley Grimm Memorial Award (2022)

  • Winner of Michael Klein's Floral Painting Competition (2020)

  • Scholarship recipient of the Art Renewal Center (2017)

  • Prizewinner of the Master Academy of Art competition (2017)

  • Exhibitor at the Royal Society of British Artists Rising Star (2017)


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