Iza was born in 1953 in a family of a musician and an engineer in Moscow, Russia. From 1972 to 1974, she studied art in the studio of well-known Russian artist Moisei Tevelievich Khazanov, professor of Art Institute and a student of famous Robert Rafailovich Falk. She developed a strong passion for oil painting during that time. Iza continued her education at the Moscow Surikov Art Institute in professor Salakhov’s class from 1986-1990.
She immigrated with her family to Israel in 1990. While in Israel, she was inspired by the colorful nature of the country; this motivated her toward using livelier and brighter colors. She successfully participated in five exhibitions in Israel.
Painting became like poetry on canvas to her. It was all about the spirit of a place in a landscape, or an object in a still life. Iza studied in a private studio for abstract art in Tel-Aviv in 1992. This did not change her beliefs in traditional skills, such as composition, drawing techniques and use of colors.
Iza traveled many times to Europe and produced paintings of urban scenes showing impressive architecture of medieval cities, winding, narrow cobblestone streets and public squares.
She moved to Canada with her family in 1993. They reside in Richmond. During 1995-96, Iza worked as an art instructor in Russian weekend school in Richmond. Additionally, she gives private lessons to students of various ages, and continues to tutor young artists.
The peaceful beauty of British Columbia fascinates her and she is using her art to capture the essence of the landscape. Iza has produced a decoration series of paintings for a local business.
She continues to paint landscapes, urban scenes, and still life compositions.