Jana Brike was born in year 1980 in Latvia, a small country in the North-East of Europe. Her inspirations include folklore fairytales, children book illustrations, imaginative soviet animation films and supernaturally real classical painting; western pop culture surrounded by mystical, almost religious tone, the terrifying war and deportation stories that her grandparents and their little brothers and sister witnessed as small children, and the breathtakingly beautiful ballet performances in the opera house, where she was taken since the age of two.
But most of all, she says, life is her inspiration. “The state of a human soul – dreams, longing, love, pain – that is what my visual images are about.”
She have been exhibiting her artwork internationally since age of 15. Till now, her work’s been exhibited and can be found in collections all across Europe – Italy, Belgium, UK, Switzerland, Germany, Lithuania, Russia, Finland, Spain, etc. – as well as in USA and Australia.