Luba Petrova, the founder and director of Waynesville Art School, is a native of St Petersburg, Russia. From a young age, she showed a tremendous aptitude towards the arts, and studied under the tutelage of many artists and art historians in the prestigious Saint-Petersburg Academy of Paining, Sculpture, and Architecture.
After coming to the US in 1992, she continued to hone her skills as an artist. In 1997 Ms. Petrova was awarded a full scholarship to attend The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art (New York, NY) from which she graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts.
Luba is a multimedia artist and photographer. She has lived and worked in Western North Carolina since 2002. It has always been Ms. Petrova's dream to pass on the wonderful training she received in Russia and in America. She is passionate about teaching and finds it to be a very rewarding experience and a big part of her life. She is excited to embark on the new adventure: sharing with others what she has learned and helping them to enjoy and develop their own art.