Svetlana Ristic was born in Novi Sad, Serbia. She graduated Conservation and Restoration from the College of Pedagogy in Belgrade in 1984, in the class of professors Milisav M. Mladenovic and Dragana Milisavljevic.
After graduation, she was part of a conservation -restoration team working on the St. Ahilije Church In Arilje, Serbia and Blagovestenje Monastery, Stragari, Serbia a team lead by Radoman Gasic. Sveltana has been living in Toronto with her family since 1995. She was involved in several art projects during that period such as animated production by Sa!Ivan Studio - Animation of Ann of Green Gables, technical and artistic production of "Glasnik", newsletter published by the Serbian Orthodox Church, St. Sava in Toronto, and "Sabomik" newsletter published by All Serbian Saints Church in Mississauga, Ontario.
Svetlana has been painting icons since she was a student, and her pieces are part of numerous private collections around the world. She participated in several group exhibitions In Belgrade, Serbia and Toronto, Canada.
In 2003, Svetlana was awarded fist prize for her graphic design commemorating Ikea's 30th anniversary in Canada.