“...blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear, and your hearts for they understand…”  /Matthew 13:16

IRMINA Stiles, alias SANTAIKA, studied Visual Arts at the Vilnius Justinas Vienozinskis Art School, Class of R.Vaitekunas. Some years later, when she moved to Switzerland, she prolonged her studies in art, and has studied Ceramic and Pottery under Anne-Chantal Pitteloud at Sion and Oil Painting under Ghislaine Varone at Saviese.

Irmina’s main focus of Art study is Sacred Surrealism and Religious Art, especially Byzantine Icons, which has given her art a deeper meaning and a more meaningful connection for her audience. In addition to creating her Sacred Art collection, her experience includes creating artwork for churches, monasteries and ashrams.

As it applies to Sacred Art, the Icon is a small picture or other representative object of religious devotion. It is often painted or drawn on wooden panels. The Latin “icon” or Ancient Greek εἰκών ‎(eikṓn), means “likeness, image, portrait”. 

Byzantine era Icon paintings are often called ‘Iconography’, or the ‘Art of Writing’. They are symbols with images and were the images of Saints, Christ and Virgin Mary in the Catacombs of Rome used for Christian burial places. This ancient technique by Christians started after Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection to express their sorrow and views of this time. During that time Icons were full of contemplation, prayer and communion with GOD.

Prayer and meditation are the most important tools to happiness. The soul and spirit, mind and body of the person who prays becomes still, attentive, peaceful and constantly receptive to the presence of GOD. St. Isaac the Syrian states that to the ascetic who prays, the Sacred Art creatures communicate to him about meaning, purpose and value of life. Matter and spirit, heaven and earth are both united in that kind of Art.

Today, Byzantine Icons are a form of Art that depicts the Ancient Art of Iconography that involved conscious copying and duplication of images long established in the Byzantine tradition.

Irmina’s Sacred Art also contain spirit and prayer for healing. Instead of making copies of the amazing 2nd century authentic Byzantine Icons that she so very much love, she create her own paintings in the late Byzantine and the early Renaissance era style, using her imagination and a symbols of Religious Art with the same spirit as Roman era Christians over 2,000 years ago. Our modern culture values individual expression above all else, so Irmina exercises this by creating an imaginative world of fantastic figures, or just adding smiles to the holy scribes’ faces, placing a lotus flower in their hands and adding other symbols that were not used in the original Byzantine Orthodox Iconography, but artists loved to add in Christian, Islamic, Buddhist, Hindu or other Religious Art.

Many of her creations are owned by private art collectors and Christian Church Communities in Poland, Russia, Germany, Switzerland, Portugal, Brazil, USA and Lithuania.






[img src=]Mother. Colored pencils and acrylics, 2009
[img src=]The Song of the Bluebirds. Colored pencils and acrylics, 2010
[img src=]The Dancing Girl. Colored pencils and acrylics, 2009
[img src=]The Naturmort. Colored pencils and acrylics, 2009
[img src=]Soul of Nature. Colored pencils and acrylics, 2009
Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, if you want to understand what God's thoughts are...<br />
[img src=]The Spring. Colored pencils and acrylics, 2009
[img src=]The Thoughts. Colored pencils and acrylics, 2009
[img src=]HEALING, 7.5 X 7.5 Colored pencils, acrylics, paper. 2014 Wood Frame
[img src=]Gerda. Colored pencils and acrylics, 2009
[img src=]Father. Colored pencils and acrylics, 2009
[img src=]Mary. Cardboard, oil, 2010
[img src=]Auto-portrait with Dragonfly. Cardboard, oil, 2014
[img src=]Walls Have Eyes, Colored pencils and acrylic, 2009
Eyes do a lot of things: act as windows to the soul....or, they are making known the secret faults of others, by saying that it was all true
[img src=]Relative Existence, 2016 5x7, oil, acrylic, gold, lacquer, conservation-grade paper, wood