Bio

Oil & Acrylic Fine Artist

 

I was born in Vilnius, Lithuania. In the 7th grade I was exposed to and fell in love with art.  By the 8th grade, I was attending art school and graduated at the top of my class.

 

After high school, I attended the Vera Muchina Academy of Applied Arts University in St. Petersburg, Russia where I studied realistic drawing and painting.

 

While living in St. Petersburg, Russia I was able to visit many well-known museums such as Hermitage Museum of Art, where I admired the works of the masters and world famous artists.  During this time in St. Petersburg, I committed my life to becoming an artist. My exposure to such wonderful art has helped make my paintings what they are today.

 

While studying, I also discovered the art of love… with fellow art student, Juozas Saldaitis. We were married in Lithuania In 1984 and continued our studies there.

 

From 1984-1989 I trained to become an art instructor at Siauliai

Pedagogical University in Siauliai, Lithuania. I received my Masters

in Fine Arts in 1989, and I was valedictorian of my graduating class. During that time, I exhibited in many art competitions and student art shows.

 

My husband and I began exhibiting and selling our work in Eastern and Western Europe. In 1991, we opened an art studio called “Ugne”, which translates to “Goddess of Fire”.  "Ugne" specialized in decorative ceramics and paintings. We were one of the first to establish our own private business after the Soviet Union collapsed.

 

In 1994, we moved to the United States with our two children and settled in Chicago…  We later moved to St. Petersburg, FL.

 

Today I concentrate primarily on painting, and my work can be found in several galleries and art shows.

 

My European background and experiences in America heavily influence my oil and acrylic paintings. They reflect my love for color and the world around me. I feel that every artist dips his brush into his soul and paints his own nature into his paintings.

 

Rasa Saldaitis

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