Born in 1948 in Tbilisi, Georgia, Svetozarov studied in a public school in Leningrad and served in the Soviet Army (1966-69). In 1974 he graduated from the Leningrad State Institute of Theater, Music and Film (LGITMiK) as a theater production designer and was hired by Lenfilm Studios. As an art director he has worked on over forty films with such top directors as Dinara Asanova, Ilya Averbakh, Aleksei German, Sergei Rogozhkin, Vladimir Bortko. He is a member of the Filmmakers Union of Russia, and has received the top Russian national film and TV awards.

(as production designer)
2006 Master i Margarita (The Master and Margarita)
TV miniseries
2005 Italianets (The Italian)
2005 Turetskyi Gambit (Turkish Gambit)
2003 Idiot (The Idiot)
TV miniseries
2003 Dnevnik Kamikadze (Diary of a Kamikaze)
2002 Kukushka (The Cuckoo)
2000 Banditskyi Peterburg (Banditsí Petersburg)
TV miniseries
1999 Vostok ≠ Zapad (Est ≠ Ouest)
1998 Khrustalyov, Mashinu! (Khrustalyov, My Car!)
1988 Sobachye Serdtse (Heart of a Dog)
1983 Blondinka za Uglom (Blonde Around the Corner)
1983 Patsany (Teenagers, aka Tough Kids)
1975 Chuzhiye Pisíma (Other Peopleís Letters)