A talented landscape painter born in New Zealand in 1873, he moved to Australia to study at The RAS in Sydney. He also was taught at Frank Calderon’s Art School in London.
Salvana worked as a theatre artist in Brisbane, that lead he to be appointed an Hon. Secretary of the Queensland Art Society.
A collection of his early paintings were exhibited in 1919 in Tamworth.
He won many awards for his work, including the Reeves Prize (1936) and the Albury Prize (1949)
His works are held in many Australian regional and state collections.