Jana was born in Czech Republic in 1957. In childhood Jana developed a keen interest in art and sport. These two interests followed her throughout life. After five years of study Jana graduated as an interior designer. Drawing was part of her daily routine.
In 1981 Jana emigrated to Australia, where she immediately immersed herself in art, and focussed on gaining skills in copper enamelling, china painting, watercolours, and fabric printing receiving tuition in the private studios of various artists and at technical college.
Jana lives and work from her studio 24 Yampi Way, Willetton and display her work in her gallery: Metamorphosis Art Gallery, 16 Yampi Way, Willetton.
In 1984 Jana held her first solo exhibition of china paintings, copper enamellings and ceramics in the private studio of her art teacher.
In 1987 her work was selected among 30 WA artists to exhibit at Matilda Bay Art Award.
In 1988 she won first prize in the pastel category in both the City of Melville Art Exhibition and the Bicentennial Art Exhibition in York.
In September 1989 Jana held a second solo exhibition of pastel paintings in the Gomboc Gallery.
The following year Jana started working as a decorative artist, painting murals, trompe l’oeils, creating marbling, stone and other decorative finishes. Her work included painted furniture, decorative objects, walls, ceilings, panels, wood, metal and glass, undertaken in some of the most prestigious residential and commercial buildings in Perth, Singapore and Europe.
Jana’s work has been featured many times in magazines such as Homes and Garden, the Building and Design Yearbook, the Finishing Touch and the West Australian Newspaper. She has also published many articles on the subject of decorative art. On several occasions Jana has won the craftsman’s awards in the Homes of the Year competition for her murals.
In 2001 Jana decided to step off the ladder and scaffold and share her knowledge of art through teaching in her studio at 24 Yampi Way in Willetton.
In May 2005 she held a solo exhibition at Atwell Gallery in acrylics, oils and pastels in a realistic and illusionist style.
In 2006 Jana also won the oil category of The City of Canning Art Award and was a finalist in the Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award.
In 2006 Jana won the Peoples Choice Award with portrait of Peter Kennedy in the inaugural Black Swan Portraiture Prize.
In November 2006 Jana held another solo exhibition “Life, Death and In Between” at St. John of God Hospital in Subiaco. This exhibition marked a change of the direction of her art, moving from Realism to Fantastic Realism.
In 2008 Jana hold a solo exhibition in Linton and Kay’s Fine Art Gallery in Subiaco featuring her Fantastic Realism.
In April 2009 Jana undertook a year’s sabbatical, painting in Italy, embarking on a new adventures and letting the Italian culture and landscape inspire her. In October that year she held a one month solo exhibition in Arezzo, a town that typifies Tuscany and later in Sondrio in northern Italy and participated in several group exhibitions.
The year 2009 marked Jana’s first Art Tour, which took place in Italy’s Tuscany region, with 28 participants. Since then Jana has facilitated another three Art tours to Tuscany, two to Czech republic, Cinque Terre, North Italy, Lake Como and mountain region, Sicily and Amalfi Coast and New Zealand. The tours explore history, culture and the beauty of nature combining art demonstrations and plain air painting and are suitable for artists, students as well as their partners and friends. May 2015 will see new destination for the Art tour – South Africa and there are many other destination planned for future years.
In May 2010 Jana’s paintings featured in the Out From Down Under and Beyond exhibition in the Agora Gallery, Chelsea, New York.
In November 2010 Jana held a solo exhibition Love affair with Italy in the Italian club, Fremantle.
The opening of the Metamorphosis Art Gallery in March 2011 presented Jana with new possibilities to help and encourage new, upcoming and established artists to promote and display their work. The gallery also provides Jana with an amazing space to exhibit her art.
Visiting other art groups to do art presentation and demonstrations, teaching art from her beautiful studio and taking groups of artists and their partners to Italy, Prague and NZ to paint and explore, is one of the most enjoyable and satisfying experiences in Jana’s life today.
In 2012 Jana was successful for the 4th time in being selected as a finalist in the prestigious Black Swan Portraiture Prize.
Jana is a regular contributor to the Doug Moran, Archibald and Black Swan portraiture competitions.
Her project “Permanent Impressions” is a collection of portraits acknowledging the outstanding contribution of 50 West Australia women to our society. This unique and demanding project celebrates well known and lesser known heroines of WA, recording their history for future generations. Among these are prominent figures such as: Lyn Beazley, Margaret Court, Priya Cooper, Fiona Wood, Fiona Stanley and many more. “Permanent Impressions” travelled throughout regional Western Australia during 2013/2014, receiving great acclaim and enthusiastic attendance from thousands of Western Australians. This project is immortalised in the award-winning book entitled “Permanent Impressions – a celebration of women”. We are proud to report that the book won the Bronze medal in the Best Regional Non-fiction category for the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Awards in New York. This award is a worldwide contest, which received over 5,500 entries from US, Canada and 23 other countries around the globe. The ceremony was held on 28th May 2014 in New York City.
The project was collecting donations to support The Leukemia Foundation.
This work promoted Jana and her husband Kevin Baruffi to established the Not For Profit organisation “Painting for a cause” with intentions to promote and support artists and art as a vehicle for fund raising to help various worldwide causes.
In 2013 Belmont Business Enterprise Centre presented Jana with the “Most creative award” in its small business category.
In 2014 Jana launched the Contemporary Australian Surrealists movement. The movement held four group exhibitions of its members in 2014, 2015 and 2016. In 2017 the group exhibited in Cambridge Studio Gallery in Melbourne.
In 2016 Jana was featured in the TV series Colour in Your Life presented by Graeme Stevenson.
Jana’s work can be divided into three categories: Fantastic Realism, Portraits and Visual Diaries (paintings from her extensive travels). She is a member of WA portrait group and participated in three collective exhibitions in January 2015, 2016 and 2017. Jana was a finalist in Paintings for a Cause Calendar competition in 2016 and winner in 2017.
She has been finalist in Pro Hart Outback Art Prize in 2017 as well as finalist of RSASA/SALA Portrait Prize.
In 2017 she was featured in the book “Extraordinary Business Women” and she was a winner of 2017 Black Swan Prize for Portraiture winning $50,000 Lester Group Prize.
Fantastic Realism is Jana’s signature work that allows her to tell the story and express her ideas and beliefs in an interesting and creative way.
At this moment Jana is working on two new collections. Fantastic realism paintings inspired by the book “Half the Sky” in the hope of bringing attention to the modern slavery and oppression of women and girls in the developing world and series of paintings and impressions from her travel to the Kimberley region.
Jana teaches, educates and demonstrates her skills to many art groups and social groups. Since 2009 she takes art lovers every year for cultural art tours to different places around the globe. Among some of the destinations are Italy, Czech Republic, South Africa. NZ, Canada, Switzerland and Austria.