About Dreja


Dreja (pronounced Dreya) Novak, born in Slovenia, had her heart set on becoming an artist at a very early age. After high school, she started studying landscape architecture, but an awful car accident interrupted her studies. After a long rehabilitation, she moved to Florence to study interior design and decoration. After graduation, she continued her fine art studies at the private school of Joze Ciuha, where she perfected her painting skills under his guidance.

Dreja’s works can be found in private collections all over the world. Her deep passion for painting is rewarded by many happy people owning her works. She has been the selected artist for Saatchi gallery, Talenthouse, Art Limited many times and has also won worldwide art competitions for the 2016 Campo Viejo harvest event.

For more than 15 years, Dreja and her inventor and entrepreneur husband Uros Platise have been traveling and living worldwide. During all the years of living abroad, they gathered a lot of knowledge about a healthy lifestyle, personal development and personality theories. Dreja has written two books: the first book about cooking and nutrition The Beauty of Food (Lepota hrane) was published in 2007 and the second book about enneagram theory Knowing Yourself and Understanding Others (Spoznati sebe in razumeti druge) was published by Mladinska knjiga Publishing House in 2008. In their free time, Dreja and Uros dance the tango and organize tango events in beautiful locations worldwide.

Personal growth often begins with healing from trauma. For Dreja, the car accident was a powerful force for her to seek positive change. In her latest book, she wants to show you that suffering doesn’t have to be the one and only teacher and that there is another way for self-improvement, contentment and happiness.