Born in Kazakhstan (Aktau) in 1980, Yuliya Martynova spent the best years of her childhood studying art. She was noted amongst most promising graduates of the city art school. However, pursuing artistic direction in the broken post soviet state was seen as an unpractical career prospect. Back then law seemed as the most desirable degree amongst families. So the bright teen worked hard towards a prestigious law scholarship and had to put her artistic aspirations on hold.