Leonardo da Vinci, the original painter of the Mona Lisa, was an Italian polymath whose areas of interest included invention, painting, sculpting, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, writing, history, and cartography. He has been variously called the father of palaeontology, ichnology, and architecture, and is widely considered one of the greatest painters of all time. Sometimes credited with the inventions of the parachute, helicopter and tank, he epitomised the Renaissance humanist ideal.
Galina Evangelista was born and raised in Russia. She studied art through her school years and graduated from Art Academy in the Estonia Republic of Soviet Russia. In 1977, she left St. Petersburg and immigrated to the United States. In New York, she attended Parsons School of Design and moved to Los Angeles to pursue her art career. In Los Angeles, she worked as an art director for more than 17 years, at which time she opened her own art school in Hermosa Beach. She taught children and adults for more than seven years until she moved to Las Vegas, Nevada. With a passion for portrait art, she specialized in oil painting but is also accomplished in pastels, acrylics, and watercolors. Her latest focus is on her murals and mosaic. Her style is realistic and evidenced in her academic renaissance approach. She favors 16th to 19th-century fine art, which includes styles from artists such as Leonardo Da Vinci, Botticelli, Rembrandt, David, Leighton, and Bouguereau. She has belonged to art societies and has many awards to her credit. Galina has expanded into the realm of literature and has authored four books.