Bio (fun one)
Luka Va is from a little country in North Europe called Lithuania. Since she can remember she was doodling. City cats on a window sills, people of Vilnius. Doodling has later transformed into passion and career in graphic design. But move to Australia changed everything. When the 4th generation city dweller meets wild life (ok, it might have only been a feisty possum) in the middle of the urban street, magic happens. That’s how her label “Surfing Sloth” was born. Luka’s cheerful, bright and quirky illustrations celebrate city lifestyle and its proximity to nature. The combination that only Australia has got to offer.
Luka is inspired by everyday city life, works by modern illustrators and cartoonists, street art and nature. After moving to Australia Luka started exhibiting in group exhibitions with works ranging from tiny ink drawings to
multicoloured canvas paintings.
Animal themes are one of Luka’s favourites as there is a little bit of animal in everybody. The most
interesting part is creating the anthropomorphic characters – figures of creatures having attributes of
both city dwelling humans and animals in their natural wilderness. The inspiration originates from the
various everyday rituals of human beings and different techniques are used to capture it. Every
artwork tells a story and every character comes alive. “Sometimes I can feel them sitting in
sketchbooks, hanging out on paper or canvas and watching me. Am I going crazy?”
Bio (serious one)
Luka Va finished Bachelor studies of Design in Vilnius Art Academy (Lithuania) with the final work focus on Graphic design.
Living in Australia since 2010, Luka works as illustrator and graphic designer and also has exhibited in solo and group shows.