Maruta Racenis was born in Riga, Latvia. She attended the University of Siena and Institute of Fine Art, Siena, Italy, and received her Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York, Buffalo, and her Master of Fine Arts degree at the Rochester Institute of Technology, New York. She has taught art in the public school system of New York and Virginia, and at Virginia Commonwealth University, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, both in Richmond. Her work has been the subject of many solo exhibitions and has been included in group exhibitions throughout the United States, receiving many awards. Racenis’ paintings are in private, public, and corporate collections, including the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York, and the Capitol One Collection. She lives and works in Richmond, Virginia.