Svetlana Semenova

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Svetlana Semenova

Aged 35

London Atelier of Representational Art

Instructor(s): Sofia Welch, James Napier, Luca Indraccolo, Ione Hunter Gordon, Anastasia Pollard

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  • Artworks

Cast study

Charcoal and white chalk on toned paper

96 x 52 cms (37 3/4 x 20 1/4 ins)


Charcoal and white chalk on toned paper

42 x 39 cms (16 1/2 x 15 1/4 ins)

Cast study St. Jerome

Oil on linen

60 x 40 cms (23 1/2 x 15 1/2 ins)


Charcoal on Roma paper

66 x 48 cms (25 3/4 x 18 3/4 ins)


Charcoal and white chalk on toned paper

62 x 50 cms (24 1/4 x 19 1/2 ins)


Charcoal and white chalk on toned paper

56 x 52 cms (22 x 20 1/4 ins)


At 35 years old, my journey into art came later in life than many of my peers, but because the realist tradition is one that draws from the artist’s human condition and experience, I view my age as a virtue that will help me achieve my artistic goals. After graduating with a history degree in Russia, I understood my passions were elsewhere. Having married and moved to the United States, I changed direction completely, enrolling in evening drawing and painting courses. How and why a person is drawn to a particular style of art is a difficult and deeply personal question, but from my earliest endeavours, realism was my truest form of artistic expression. Like others, I struggled to identify a school devoted to the artistic style I wanted to cultivate before finding the London Atelier of Representational Art (LARA), an oasis of like-minded artists. As a third-year full-time student at LARA, I anticipate studying there one to two more years, during which I will concentrate on improving my portraiture and figure painting skills, while continuing to hone my drawing. After finishing LARA, I also hope to enrol in short courses at other leading ateliers to gain additional perspective and experience. Ultimately, I plan to continue the realistic tradition and work both as a tutor in an atelier and as a practising artist, selling my work and promoting classical techniques to a broad audience of young artists and art consumers.





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Artist educated in the United States, United Kingdom and Russia, and current full-time student of the London Atelier of Representation Art (LARA). Posseses a strong background and interest in representational art in a variety of mediums.








Saint Petersburg State University                                                                              Saint Petersburg, Russia


Bachelors Degree, History                                                                                            1999 – 2004




Cambridge Center for Adult Education                                                                     Boston, USA


Evening courses in drawing and painting                                                                       2007 – 2009




Central Saint Martins                                                                                                London, United Kingdom


Orientation to Art and Design Summer School (nine-week course)                                               Summer 2010




School of Architecture and Design                                                                             Moscow, Russia


Diploma in Drawing and Painting programme                                                                2011 – 2013




London Atelier of Representation Art (LARA)                                                            London, United Kingdom


Diploma in Fine Art programme, full-time student                                                         2014 – present










Exhibition, Design Factory “Flacon”                                                                            Moscow, Russia


Exhibition of student works of the School of Architecture and Design                               June 2013


Exhibition, London Atelier of Representation Art (LARA)                                             London, United Kingdom


Open studio exhibition of student works                                                                                    July 2015




Online Gallery, London Atelier of Representation Art (LARA)                                        London, United Kingdom


Exhibition of student works (          2016 – present










Russian: Native


English: Fluent










United States