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Silvana Ravena

Plymouth, Minnesota, United States



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August 2019 - Solo Show, Galeria VerArte São Paulo, Brazil Fall Salon - Veronique Wantz Gallery, MN, USA November- Solo Show, Metro and Galeria VerArte, Brazil December- Spectrum Miami, Miami, USA


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About the Artist

I come from a family in which psychology and art are blended. My experience as a clinical psychologist and my background as an artist inspired me to explore in more depth those areas where art and academia, theory and practice converge. For me, that meant further study, leading to additional graduate degrees in art history, art therapy and a Masters degree in fine arts. I have exhibited widely in the US, Brazil and Europe and my art is represented by galleries in Minneapolis, Denver, Scottsdale and São Paulo (Brazil) . My works have been featured in multiple art publications in the US and Europe, as well as TV art shows such as PBS TV Mn Original.

The connections between art and psychology are the central subject of my art. I usually create series of artworks in which I explore multiple subjects relates to these connections. Over the past years, I have worked in multiple techniques in painting such as oil, resin and encaustic, and have create wearable art jewelry collections that are an extension of my artworks.

Drawing upon my training as a psychologist and academic, I incorporate into my work a variety of theoretical ideas, thus infusing it with another range of textures, beyond the pictorial. Freudian concepts, ideas from the Gestalt, form the Phenomenology and from Jungian psychology are particularly important to my work. This range serves to broaden my work, giving it a more fluid, open-ended character that invites the viewer to dig into my layers of colors and appreciate my pieces in their unique way. For me art is a type of embodiment in which experience creates matter that creates experience. As a psychologist I am interested in the relationship between the viewer and the act of seeing. As an artist, I am interested in continuous feedback between matter and sensation. Images, for me, are a psychological experience of pleasure, culturally determined and socially legitimated.


Artist Statement

The human soul is my greatest source of inspiration. Thus, the connections between psychology and art have been my passion and the constant subject of my paintings. I became fascinated with this theme during my practice as a clinical psychologist, an experience that helped me to infuse my art with principles based on different lines of thought in psychology (Freudian concepts, ideas from phenomenology, concepts of the psychology of Gestalt and some Jungian concepts are particularly important to my artworks).

Since I moved to Minnesota, instead of continuing my clinical practice, I have centered my focus exclusively on painting, making it my way of stimulating people’s psychological dynamics. The intention of my work is to motivate people to creatively question what they are seeing, and to get in touch with their innermost being. For me, art is a type of embodiment in which experience creates matter that creates experience. It is a sensitive phenomenology that awakens perception by addressing the senses directly.

I usually create series of artworks in which I explore topics related to the connections between art and psychology. In several of my oil, encaustic, mixed media and wearable artworks, for instance, I reflect on the concept of memory. My series of abstract landscapes, are a collection of memories, feelings and impressions gathered during my travels. Every landscape I create is a way to pay homage to special places I have been to, transforming them into a journey of storytelling and memoir.

I am also particularly interested in the qualities of matter and media that make the passage of time more visible. From my perspective, the passage of time is intimately associated with a multitude of psychological dynamics and highlights the idea that the act of seeing is actually an act of comprehending. We see things not only with our brain, but also through our experience, and this experience is part of an array of psychological processes that go beyond our awareness.

I am an unsettled artist and have explored a variety of art forms during my life. In addition to painting, I have worked intensely with wearable art. My jewelry collection is a group of wearable artworks in which I encase fragments of my large sculptural encaustic reliefs to create necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings that express my vision of a confidence-inspiring beauty.

Thus, in all my pieces, I seek to play with elements pertaining to the act of producing and beholding art to reflect on the connections between images and the mind. As a psychologist, I am interested in the complex relationship between the viewer and the act of seeing. As an artist, I am deeply interested in the continuous feedback between matter and sensation that opens up perception. Images, for me, are a psychological experience of pleasure, culturally determined and socially legitimated.


Exhibitions

Selected Art Exhibits:
2019 – Solo Show, Galeria VerArte, SP, Brazil
2019 - Coletiva, Galeria Verarte, São Paulo, Brazil
2018 - Fall Salon, Veronique Wantz Gallery, MN, USA
2018 - Past as Future, Wendy Frieze Gallerist
2018 - Coletiva, Galeria Verarte, São Paulo, Brazil
2018 The Locals, Veronique Wantz Gallery, MN, USA
2017 Travel Embodiments: Silvana L Ravena”, solo show, Wendy Frieze & Nash, MN, US
2017 Silvana Ravena, solo show, Colorida Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal
2107 Wanderlust, solo show, Artwork Network Gallery, CO, USA
2017 Summer Show, Wendy Frieze at Nash, MN, USA
2016 The Interdimensionals, solo show, Veronique Wantz Gallery, MN, USA
2016 Mind Your Beeswax, Arboretum, MN, USA
2015 SLR: Works on Paper, solo show, collection WM, MN, USA
2015 Silvana L Ravena, solos show, Owatonna Art Center, MN, USA
2015 Vivid Visions: Pristas, Ravena, Botero, AN Gallery, CO, USA
2015 Summer Show, Veronique Wantz Gallery, MN, USA
2015 Vanguard Visionaires, ARTEXPO New York 2015, NYC, USA
2015 International Exposure, NT Gallery, Miami, FL, USA
2014 Silvana LaCreta Ravena 2014, solos show, AN Gallery, CO, USA
2014 Healing with Arts”, Hudson Hospital, WI, USA
2014 ARTEXPO New York City, Arblend Gallery, NYC, NY, USA
2013 Silvana LaCreta Ravena, solos show, AN Gallery, CO, USA
2013 Aldo Moroni and Silvana LaCreta Ravena, Uof M, Medical, MN, USA
2013 Textured Translations, solo show, The Phipps Center for The Arts, WI, USA
2013 Shawn McNulty and Silvana LaCreta Ravena, BCA, MN, USA
2013 Arts and Healing, Westfileds Hospital, WI, USA
2013 Above and Beyond, Veronique Wantz Gallery, MN, USA
2013 Gallery Group Show, Veronique Wantz Gallery, MN, USA
2013 International Artists, Artists Haven Gallery, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA
2013 Earth, 440 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, USA
2012 International Artists, Artist Haven Gallery, Ft Lauderdale, FL, USA
2012 Woman and Water Rights III, The Phipps Center for the Arts, WI, USA
2012 I C M 2012”, Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Arts, NE, USA
2012 13 International, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA
2011 In Search of Beauty: by SLR, solos show, Nina Bliese Gallery, MN, USA
2011 AN Gallery Features Silvana Ravena, solo show, AN Gallery, CO, USA
2011 Off The Wall, solo show, Hopkins Center for the Arts, MN, USA
2011 Eight Artists, Artists Haven Gallery, Ft Lauderdale, FL , USA
2011 Consequential Fusion, Morro Bay Art Center, CA, USA
2011 Abstractions, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA
2011 ICM IV, Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Arts, NE, USA
2011 Temporality, Grain Bell Bottle House, MN, USA
2011 Arizona Aqueous, Tubac Center of the Arts, AZ, USA
2010 Women and Water Rights, Cascade Meadow Science Center, MN, USA
2010 The Art of Mentorship, Ines Greenberg Gallery, MN, USA
2010 A World of Artists“, AH Gallery, Ft Lauderdale, FL, USA
2010 Minnetonka Center for the Arts 2010 Biennial, MCA, MN, USA
2010 Eight International, AH Gallery, Ft Lauderdale, FL, USA
2010 ICM III, Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Arts, NE, USA
2010 WARM Currents, NK Building, MN, USA
2010 Women and Water Rights, Lucy Lippard curator, Nash Gallery, Uof M, MN, USA
2009 Encaustics, solo show, Hopkins Center for the Arts, MN, USA
2009 Memory Moves, solos show, Bohlander Gallery, MN, USA
2009 Mirando al Sur, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA
2009 Travel Stories, Altered Esthetics Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, USA
2009 The Struggle Within, Altered Esthetics Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, USA
2009 Sketch it Out, APW Gallery, NYC, USA
2009 World of Imagination Vol.02”, APW Gallery, NYC, USA
2009 Rejected!, Altered Esthetics Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, USA
2008 Silvana LaCreta Ravena and Betsy Dollar, WARM Gallery, St Paul, MN, USA
2008 ART ATTACK 2008, Northrup King Building, Minneapolis, MN, USA,
2008 Bitter Fruits, Althered Esthetics Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, USA
2008 Midwest Sanctuary,Althered Esthetics Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, USA
2006 Masters Degree Art Exhibit, Sta Marcelina Colledge, SP, Brazil
2005 Women Sitting on a Bench In a Piazza,Carmen Perrone Gallery, SP, Brazil
2001 Art Salon of Barueri, City Hall Theatre of Barueri, SP, Brazil
1998 II Architecture Design Exhibition” Bebedouro, SP, Brazil
1998 Daily Scenes, Bank of Brasil, solos show, Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brazil
1997 Transparency and Light, solo show, Municipal Theatre of Bebedouro, SP, Brazil
1997 Interior, solo show, Caixa Econômica Federal Bank of Bebedouro City, SP ,Brazil
1997 Bebedouro Art Salon , City Hall of Bebedouro, SP, Brazil
1996 Colors Transparencies II, Mokiti Okada Foundation, SP, Brazil


Education

Master of Fine Arts - Santa Marcelina College, SP, Brazil, 2006;
Certified Art History Specialist - FAAP, SP, Brazil, 1999;
Certified Art Therapist Specialist - Sedes Sapientiae Institute,SP, Brazil, 1996;
Bachelor of Science – Psychology – PUC-SP, Brazil, 1985


Awards

Certificate of Excellence, WWB, CA, USA 2019
Honorable Mention Award, Le Circle, Paris, France 2017
1st Prize, Palm Art Award, Leipzig, Germany, 2014
Award of Merit, Palm Award, Leipzig, Germany, 2013
3rd Place Award, Artists Haven Gallery International Fine Arts Competition, Artist Haven Gallery, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA, 2013
Artist of the Year, TOSCA magazine, Minneapolis, MN, USA, 2011
Award of Excellence, Palm-Art Award Art Domain Gallery, Leipzig, Germany, 2010
3rd Artslant 2010 Showcase contest – Showcase Winner Award, NC, US, 2010
2009 Featured Artist Contest Winner, Altered Esthetics Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, USA, 2009
CAPES The Art Research Council of São Paulo- scholarship (2004-2006)


Press

Podcast interview for the Fit for Joy website, 2019/ Interview Interview for Veronique Wantz Gallery’s Lunch Time Reading, 2017 / Art Compass 2016, Ulrich Himmelblau curator, Whois publishers, Leipzig, Germany, 2016,/ Internationale Kunst Heute 2016, Martina Koelle, IKH publishing, Munchen, Germany, 2016 / Who is Who in Visual Arts 2014-15, Ulrich Goette Himmelblau, Art Domain Whois, Leipzig, Germany, 2015, / “Bright Works on Display at the Owatonna Art Center in October”, article by Kim Hyatt, Owatonna People’s Press and Owatonna.com, Owatonna, MN, USA, 2015/ Studio Visit Magazine # 23 , The Open Studio Press, Boston, MA, 2015 / Artblend Vol 1, Michael Joseph, Michael and Elaine Joseph Pbls, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA, 2014, / Featured Artists Vol. IV, (Cover page), Peter Doughty curator, Meadiaplan Pbls, Winchester, MA, USA and N. Faliro, Athens, Greece, 2014 / Important World Artists Vol 1, Thomas & Myrina Tunberg, WWAB, Santa Barbara, CA, 2013 / Who is Who in Visual Arts, 2012-213, Ulrich Goette Himmelblau, Art Domain Whois, Leipzig, Germany, 2013 / International Contemporary Artists Vol. 7, Despina Tumberg, Curator, WWAB Pbls, Santa Barbara, CA, 2013, / Local Artists Interviews, Featured Artist interview July 2012 – LAI, Minneapolis, MN, USA, 2013, / TPT PBSTV - MN Original Segment , 2018-2, Who is Who in Visual Arts 2011-12, (cover) Art Domain Verlag Pblsh. Lepzig, Germany, 2012 / International Contemporary Artists, Vol.5, Despina Tunber curator, WWA Pbls, CA, 2012, / International Dictionary of Art, (cover), Despina Tunberg curator, WWAB, St, Barbara, CA, 2011, PRLogpress online,/ “Julie Ann Segal comments on Silvana Ravena’s Sight”, http://www.prlog.org/11534090-interior-designer-julie-ann-segal-comments-on silvana-lacreta-ravena-artwork-red-sight.html, June, 2011/ “Studio Visit Magazine” # 14– Art Catalogue, art works and artistic profile- The Open Studio Press, Boston, MA, May 2011, / “TOSCA” Magazine, Featured Artist of the Spring Issue, 2011 / TOSCA Art Guide editors, Twin Cities, USA, 2010/ `“International Contemporary Masters- IV”, WWAB Publishers Santa Barbara, CA, USA, 2010 , / TOSCA Magazine, Winter Issue, 2011, / TOSCA Art Guide editors, Twin Cities, USA, 2010, / “Who is Who in Visual Art, Vol.2010-2011”, Art Domain Verlag, Leipzig, Germany, 2010 , “Dictionary of Art Vol. III”, by Despina Tunberg, WWAB Publisher, Santa Barbara, CA, USA, 2010 ,/ “ International Contemporary Masters – III” WWAB Publishers, Santa Barbara, CA, USA, 2010, Blogged at Chris Madsen’s Everyday Friends Art blog, September, 2010, / Featured artworks in the article : “Meditation on Light and Form” by Mary Abbe, Star Tribune , newspaper, June, 2010, / Featured artist in the article: ”Friendship and Facebook”, by Rosana Almeida, “Nossa Gente” newspaper, Orlando, FL, US, June 2010, / Solo show “ Memory Moves” featured in news paper “The Messenger”, Minneapolis, MN, US,
August 2009, Blogged at Marge Bohlander Art Gallery blog, June 2009/ Artist statement published in the book “From Starving to Successful”, by Jason Horejs, Sep.2009,/ Featured artist at “Red Dot, News from Xanadu Gallery”, July 2009, monthly news letter by , Xanadu Gallery, AZ, US ,/ Featured artist at Myspace.com, Feb. 2009, Featured works in “We Come from Everywhere: Midwest Sanctuary at Esthetics”, by Matt Conrad, January 2008, at Mnartists online publication, / Interviewed artists at Radio Bebedouro, City of Bebedouro, SP, Brazil, 2005, Article about the show” Women chatting on a Piazza”, in the newspaper “ Gazeta de , Bebedouro”, City of Bebedouro, SP, Brazil, 2005
Articles about art:
Author of the article “Art History Brought to Life”, chapter in the book: S. Ciornai (ed), Percursos
em Arte Terapia, vol. II, Ed. Summus, SP, Brazil, 2005 –
Author of the article“In Search of Beauty – Reflections on the Mature Women”, monograph, in the
book: S.Ciornai (ed), Percursos em Arte Terapia, vol. I, Ed. Summus, SP, Brazil, 2004
Author of the essay “Art History Brought to Life”, published in The Art Therapy Magazine of Sedes Sapientiae Institute, n. VII , SP, Brazil, 1999
“Curtocircuito”, visual poem published in AGRAFICA Magazine, Ed. Entretempo, SP, Brazil, 1987.


Gallery Representation

Artwork Network, CO, USA
Veronique Watz Gallery, MN, USA
Wendy Frieze Gallerist, MN, USA
Galeria VerArte, SP, Brazil

Affiliations:
International Encaustic Artists San Francisco, CA, USA
Xanadu Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ, USA
Artist Haven Gallery, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA
Altered Esthetics Gallery Minneapolis, MN, USA
WARM Women Registry of Minnesota, MN, USA
WARM Mentor/Protege Program, 2008-10, MN, USA
Minneapolis Institute of Art Minneapolis, MN, USA
Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Wayzata, MN, USA
Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA
Woman Art Museum, Washington DC, USA