Sabir and Svetlana are married. Sabir was born in 1967 in the Ukraine, and Svetlana was born in 1963 in Russia. They were students together at the Repin Fine Art Academy in St Petersburg from which they graduated in 1993.
Sabir & Svetlana are unusual artists since they both work together on every painting. They share a common artistic vision so it is not possible to identify who has done which part of any painting, or who has been the primary inspiration. They are totally integrated and seamless in their approach, submerging their individual identities in a unique creative fusion.
In their work they explore unexpected combinations of oil and watercolour as they build up complex layers of paint and other materials to create vivid, highly structured paintings.
Their work has been exhibited in galleries in Russia, Latvia, Poland, the USA and the UK.