Yana Emasheva was born and raised in Russia, where she worked as a graphic designer before moving  to Calgary. She graduated from the Alberta College of Art + Design with a BFA in Drawing (with Honours) in 2010. Internationally educated, she now works as a media artist, mainly in photo, video and digital production, and teaches at ACAD Extended Studies. Her personal work, which is predominantly in the media of drawing, fibre and assemblage, is informed by her interest in movement, material culture and self-awareness.