Sanna Tomac was born in Sweden. She studied drawing and painting at The Florence Academy of Art between 1996-1998. Afterward, she studied briefly with the painter Odd Nerdrum in Norway together with her husband, whom she met at the FAA, Hans-Peter Szameit, being the first students from the FAA to connect with Nerdrum and the Norwegian school.
In 2000, Sanna and Hans moved to the United States and in 2001 they founded Pantura Studios where they established their studios and taught growing group of students who came from across the country and abroad. In early 2006 they moved to Stockholm, Sweden with their two children and founded The Swedish Academy of Realist Art, Atelier Stockholm (SARA).
Sanna is presently the Artistic Director and a primary instructor at SARA. Her current project is a monumental ceiling painting commission for the Bååtska Palace in Stockholm. Sanna's paintings and drawings can be found in public and private collections throughout the world.
BÅÅTSKA Palace Commission
In 2012, Sanna Tomac was commissioned to create a painting for the unfinished Baroque ceiling of the Bååtska Palace in Stockholm, Sweden. Sanna completed the painting in February 2014 using only traditional materials and methods - no photographs or projects, only live models.
When the Bååtska Palace was constructed in 1662, one of the great halls, now named Oscarssalen after the Swedish King Oscar I, was designed and built to exhibit a large ceiling mural surrounded by elaborate plaster decorations and reliefs. The ceiling of the monumental hall, with its rich ornamentation, is strikingly impressive. However, the space reserved for the ceiling mural, measuring 4 x 7 meters, was never filled. For nearly 400 years remained empty, and was one of the few original, unfinished Baroque palace ceilings in the world. To receive this important commission is a tremendous honor. It is something that few contemporary painters will ever experience.