Svyatoslav N. Roerich was born on October 23, 1904, in St.Petersburg.
In 1914-1916 he studied at the school of K. May. At that school Svyatoslav received his first lessons of drawing.
His father often took him to the archeological trips around ancient Russian cities. There Svyatoslav studied history and culture of Russia.
He continued his painting lessons and also participated in creation of decorations for operas "Snow-Maiden", "Sadko", "Prince Igor" together with his father.
Since 1920 he lived in the United States. Svyatoslav Roerich entered the Columbia University, the department of architecture, which he graduated with a bachelor's degree. At that time Svyatoslav painted many pictures, book illustrations and drawings.
Since 1923 S. Roerich was a director of the International Center of Art "Korona Mundi" in New York, which was founded by his father Nicholas K. Roerich.
In 1928 Svyatoslav moved from the USA to India (Darjeeling) to his family.
Having perceived creatively many art ideas and convictions of his father, Svyatoslav Roerich became a distinctive and original artist. Studying the culture, art and philosophy of India he created many wonderful paintings.
Together with landscapes he painted many portraits. The portraits of N. Roerich, prime-minister of India J. Neru and Devika Rani — Svyatoslav Roerich's wife, must be specially marked. One of the most beautiful ones is a portrait of his mother Helen I. Roerich, the woman of exceptional spiritual and physical beauty.
Svyatoslav Roerich headed the department of folk art and pharmacopoeia at the Institute "Urusvati".
He did a lot of enlightening work, directed the Art School in Bangalore, held his personal exhibitions.
In 1989 upon the initiative of Svyatoslav Roerich in the USSR there was established the Soviet Foundation of the Roerichs, at the base of which there were laid studies and spreading of the ideas of the Roerichs family.
In 1991 Svyatoslav Roerich granted the Soviet Foundation of the Roerichs with the archives of his parents and his brother, which were kept in India before.
On January 30, 1993, Svyatoslav Roerich finished his earthly path in Bangalore (South India).