Born and raised in St. Petersburg (former Leningrad), Russia, Luyba began her art instruction at the age of five. She went on to received both her B.A. and her M.F.A. at St. Petersburg State University College of Fine Art. She then spent four years working as an Art History Instructor at the University and as a Stage and Costume Designer at the theater, Mask, in St. Petersburg. In 1992 Lyuba moved with her family to the United States.
Since moving to the United States, she has received many awards and honors including: Best of Show 2000, Sun Bowl International Art Competition and 1996 Best of Show at The Sierra Medical and El Paso Art Association International Competition, Creative Art Award at the Oil Painters of America Annual National Competition 2000, First Place in the International Miniature Fine Art Exhibit in Florida; an invitation to Westminster Abby in England as one of America’s miniature artist and invitations to “ Great American Artists” Exhibitions 1998-2006 in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 2005 her work from this exhibit become part of the largest private collection of Western Art in the United States. In 2008 her work represented the USA in the exhibit “Women Without Borders” that traveled throughout consulates on US/Mexico border. Most recently she was part of the exhibition “Inquisitive Eyes” at the El Paso Museum of Art. Her paintings have been part of the “Art in US Embassies ” Program, representing art from the United States in Kirgiz Republic from 2009 thru 2011. Reproductions of her work can be seen in the Women's Museum in Dallas, Texas and her name is in the National Archive “Women in the Arts” in Washington, D.C.