Started participating in after school art program in the Middle School. Studied for 4 years at the School of Art and Design in Bratislava, Slovakia. After graduating high school, continued studies at the University PJS, majoring in Fine Art and Slavic languages. Events in Czechoslovakia during the years 1968-69 forced him leave the country and immigrate to Israel. In Israel graduated from Bezalel School of Art with the degree BFA in 1974.
During the years 1975-81 worked in the field of textile design as an art director. From 1981-1986 owned and operated The Art Lovers Gallery in New York City, specializing in custom framing and sale of fine art. In 1987 moved to Tucson Arizona, where continued in business of custom framing and gallery by operating and owning Famous French Gallery.
All through the years continued to draw and from the year 2000 participated in Open Studio sessions in The Tucson Drawing Studio. During the years 2002-4 participated in the juried shows of the TDS. Today the work of Juraj Skalina can be seen at Famous French Gallery.