Lena Toritch’s Biography
Her love for art and training started as a young child in St. Petersburg Russia where her father was a professional sculptor. He challenged his young daughter to study the great masters of the past, continually strive to better her work and learn to see the world with an artist’s eye.
Toritch was a graduate student at the prestigious St. Petersburg Academy of Fine Arts in Russia. She mastered human and animal anatomy, the history of art and architecture, composition, drawing, and sculpture. But she yearned for artistic freedom and opportunity so she came to the United States in 1992. Toritch was granted citizenship under the status of “Artist of Exceptional Ability.” She soon teamed up with Sculptor Richard Young who owns Young Fine Art Studio in Salt Lake City. Young was also a sculptor and had created many large scale monuments of his own design and for other famous artists. With Young’s experience and business sense and Toritch’s remarkable artistic talent, they formed an unbeatable team that consistently and reliably delivers impressive world class sculpture.
In addition to her sculpture abilities, Toritch teaches martial arts. She started her training some 20 years ago because she enjoyed watching Shaolin Kung Fu movies. She is currently a “Sifu” (teacher) of Wing Chun Kung Fu and Yang style T’ai Chi Chuan at Red Lotus School of Movement in Salt Lake City. The school focuses on a traditional Shaolin approach of developing both body and mind.
“ I like watching my beginning students develop and progress. They gain confidence, physical strength and clarity in their minds. They become happier and more balanced individuals.”
– Lena Toritch
Being an expert in both sculpture arts and martial arts may be an unusual pairing but not to Toritch. She says the practice of martial arts refines her “chi” or life force energy which, in turn, flows into every unique piece of art she creates. Whether it’s teaching a student the art of T’aj Chi or creating a beautiful heart touching bronze sculpture, Toritch has a profound effect on people.
“I share with others my passion for both arts. I believe it is my calling to help people find peace and inspire hope.”
— Lena Toritch