Born in Altai, one of Russia's most remote and off-the-beaten-track towns, Shvaiko grew up surrounded by the beauty of the wilderness. Shvaiko's natural inclination for Fine arts and his strong urge to share his vision of nature drove him to find a way into the Novoaltaisk Artistic School, one of the two best schools for the arts in the former Soviet Union.
Four years of strenuous studies enabled Shvaiko, a very diligent student, to acquire the skills of a true artist. Shvaiko credits his teacher, Ilbek Khairoullinov, for a true Fine arts education. A strict regimen of drawing, an intricate technique of using colors, and the influence of the 19th century russian artist Karl Brynllow brought Viktor Shvaiko close to a traditional academic style of painting. After a stint in Italy, Shvaiko had developed a following for his art works. Upon a return to Russia, he immigrated to the United States where he developed a fondness for painting cityscapes with a specialty of painting cafes. His work resides in several museums in Russia. Shvaiko has had several exhibitions in the United States and Canada.