Svetoslav Stoyanov was born in Gabrovo, Bulgaria. Under the influence of his artist uncle, he started painting from an early age. Initially, his art was inspired by nature and the warmth of the old Bulgarian houses. Later, as any young man, he felt rebellious and developed a passion for rock music and surrealism. He started painting professionally in 1992 and for the next 15 years was dividing his time between playing keyboards in a rock band and painting.