Born in Kiev, Ukraine in 1989, Alina and her parents emigrated to the U.S. in 1992, escaping the dangerous remnants of the Chernobyl disaster. For years, they struggled as immigrants just to get by, but always supported Alina’s creativity. Within the first decade of her career, Ms. Eydel has already achieved significant recognition as an artist and has sold over $2 million worth of her artwork. Her paintings range in price from $2,000 to $40,000. She has many goals to further her stature as an artistone of those is to start a line of “wearable art,” such as jewelry and couture gowns. Alina has a B.A. in Fine Art from Florida Gulf Coast University and her pieces can be found in public collections around Florida and private collections all over the U.S., Puerto Rico, Canada, the U.K., Australia, the Netherlands, Russia, Spain, Japan, and China.