Yana Payusova was born in 1979 in Leningrad, USSR. She received an MFA in Interdisciplinary Media Arts Practices from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Yana’s paintings and sculptures blend the styles and symbols of folk art, Russian icons, graphic poster art, illustration and comics, and reflect both her cultural heritage and her training in traditional Russian realist painting. She exhibits both nationally and internationally including recent venues at the Northern Clay Center, Howard Yezerski Gallery, and Tucson Museum of Art. Yana was an Artist-in-Residence at the Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center in Denmark in 2021. She has two upcoming solo exhibitions at Conduit Gallery in Dallas, TX and Epperson Gallery in Davis, CA.