The connections between psychology and art have always 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. Some Freudian concepts, ideas from the 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 make people creatively question what they are seeing, and to make contact 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, which allows for better conditions to facilitate the communication between the person and his or her deeper self.

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 and mixed media pieces I reflect on the concept of memory and am particularly interested in the qualities of these 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. 

Thus, in 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, images are a psychological experience of pleasure, culturally determined and socially legitimated.

 

 

PBS-TV Art Show segment aired in 2010 feauturing the work of artist Silvana LaCreta Ravena 

 

                     Silvana LaCreta Ravena: Embodiments of Art and Psychology / by Adam Eisenstat

                                                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                 

Silvana LaCreta Ravena is a versatile painter who works in oils, acrylics, watercolors, and encaustic (she also creates wearable art). Her non-encaustic work is both abstract and figurative while the encaustic work is completely abstract. Their paintings, meticulous in their use of color and line, seem at first glimpse to be heavily influenced by Kandinsky and abstract expressionism, especially color field painting. But further acquaintance with Silvana’s unique biography and the sources/inspirations behind her oeuvre reveal an artist who has deftly marshaled passion, intellectual rigor, and solid technique to create a genuinely original body of work.

 

Originally from Brazil, she was born in a family in which psychology and art are blended. Her work as a clinical psychologist and her background as an artist inspired her to explore in more depth those areas where art and academia, theory and practice converge. She was educated as a psychologist and also hold degrees in art therapy, art history and a master’s degree in fine arts. 

 

She has explored a variety of art forms during her life. The work as a production designer in film and, later, video art, led to her being offered a fellowship to study art and design at New York University (which she had to decline in order to finish her psychology degree in Brazil). Her favorite art form, though, has always been painting. When she was four years old her parents gave her a set of watercolors and an easel. Little did they realize the career they had set in motion, for with that easel she officially began her life as artist!

 

From a young age, she went to museums and galleries with her family, and according to her, one of the most important memories of that time was the day her mother showed her a book feauturing a work by Italian Renaissance master Raphael Sanzio: "The image struck me immediately", says Silvana , "so I asked my mother what that was and she told me: "This is painting, my dear". From that moment on I fell totally in love with painting". At the age of eight, she took her first art class with Bernardo Cid, a well-known Brazilian painter , a seminal experience that undoubtely laid the groundwork for her future artistic endeavors. She continued with art workshops and courses throughout her youth. 

 

 With art already such a big part of her life, by the time she was ready for college she pursued a degree in psychology. This choice grew out of her interest in the connections between fine art and behavior, especially the psychological dynamics behind memory and self-expression. After earning her degree in psychology she worked in a clinical setting for many years while pursuing degrees in art therapy and art history. At the time, in addition to showing her art works in art centers, she also taught art and art history.

 

Since moving to the USA she has established her studio in Minnesota, focusing all her energy on painting. She is represented by galleries in multiple states including Minnesota, has exhibited regularly in various venues throughout the country, and has received prestigious art awards in the US and Europe. Her work has also been featured in national and international art publications, in television art shows and her pieces are owned by collectors both in the US and Brazil.

 

Silvana’s nontraditional techniques bring further variety to her paintings through the use of carefully orchestrated colors and additional manipulations of materials. With different wax mixtures, for example, she can give the raw matter varying degrees of opacity and translucency. The layers she creates in her paintings are intended to bring the layers of the psyche to life; the paintings’ textures are not merely symbolized, but are present on the canvass. The work is decidedly three-dimensional and demands a live experience—it is impossible to perceive the paintings’ rich textures by seeing them online or in print.

 

The unique combination of elements Silvana LaCreta Ravena brings to her work—artistic, personal, and professional—gives her the credibility of an original. While each individual piece of hers certainly “speaks for itself,” when seen in the context of the artist’s background, ideas, and singular technique, it clearly gains a degree of vitality and significance that indicates the true measure of the work. From her first watercolor at age of four to the thesis she wrote for her last degree, her education, life experiences and her professional endeavors have been synthesized with her art practice, serving as its natural background.

 

 

(Adam Eisenstat is a journalist and art writer from PA, USA.)

 

 

 

                                                                           

 

 

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Art Representation

Artwork Network, Denver, CO, USA

Veronique Wantz Gallery, Twin Cities, MN, USA

Wendy Frieze Gallerist

Xanadu Gallery Online Studios, Scottsdale, AZ, USA

 

Upcoming :

    August 2017 -  Solo Show, Colorida Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal

November 2017 - Solo Show,  Wendy Frieze Gallerist at Nash, Minneapolis, USA

 

Education

2004-2006     Master of Fine Arts, Santa  Marcelina College,  SP, Brazil.

1997-1999     Post Graduate degree: Art History Specialist, Armando Alvares Penteado College, SP, Brazil

1993-1996     Post Graduate degree: Art Therapist Specialist – Sedes Sapientiae Institute, SP, Brazil             

1980-1985     Bachelor of Science – Psychology, Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, SP, Brazil        

                             

Selected Solo and Two Person Art Exhibits

2017        "Wanderlust", Artwork Network Gallery, Denver, CO, USA

2016        "Art Plus One: Silvana Ravena", Veronique Wantz Gallery, MN, USA

2015        "SLR: Works on Paper",  Collection WM, Minneapolis, USA

2015        "Silvana LaCreta Ravena", Owatonna Art Center, Owatonna, MN, USA

2015        “Vivid Visions: Pristas, Ravena, Botero”, Artwork Network Gallery, Denver, CO, USA

2014        “Silvana LaCreta Ravena 2014”, (Blake Brown curator), Artwork Network Gallery, CO, USA                  

2013       “Silvana LaCreta Ravena”, (Blake Brown curator), Artwork Network Gallery,  Denver, CO, USA                 

2013       “Summer Show: Aldo Moroni and Silvana LaCreta Ravena”, Mill City Clinic, Minneapolis, MN, USA     

2013        “Textured Translations, Abstractions by Silvana LaCreta Ravena”, The Phipps, Hudson, WI, USA

2013        “An Archeology of Color: Shawn McNulty - Silvana LaCreta Ravena”, Bloomington Art Center, MN, USA                                                

2011        “In Search of Beauty: Brazilian Abstractions by Silvana LaCreta Ravena", Nina Bliese Gallery, MN, USA                  

2011        “Artwork Network Gallery Features Silvana Ravena”, AN Gallery, Denver, CO, USA

2011        “Off The Wall”, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Hopkins, MN, USA

2009        ”Showcase: Encaustics by Silvana LaCreta Ravena”, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Hopkins, MN, USA                  

2009        “Memory Moves: Encaustics by Silvana LaCreta Ravena, Bohlander Gallery, MN, USA                

2008        “Silvana LaCreta Ravena and Betsy Dollar”, The Minnesota Women’s  Building , St Paul, MN, USA                                              

2005        “Women Sitting on a Bench In a Piazza”, Carmen Perrone Gallery, SP, Brazil

1998        “Daily Scenes”, Bank of Brasil,  Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brazil

1997        “Transparency  and Light,” Municipal Theatre of Bebedouro,  SP,  Brazil

1997        “Interior”, Caixa Econômica Federal Bank of  Bebedouro City, SP ,Brazil

 

Selected Group  Art Exhibits

2017     " Here's to Summer", Wendy Frieze Gallerist at Nash Frame, Minneapolis, MN

2016      " Mind Your Beeswax", Minnesota Ladscape Arboretum, Minneapolis, MN

2015       “Summer Show, Veronique Wantz Gallery, Minneapolis, USA”

2015       “Vanguard Visionaires”, Art Platform NYC booth, ARTE EXPO New York 2015, NYC, USA                

2015       “International Exposure”, NT Gallery, Miami, FL, USA

2014       “Healing with Arts”, Hudson Hospital, WI, USA

2014       “ArtExpo New York City”, (Arblend Gallery booth), NYC, USA

2013       “Arts and Healing”, Westfileds Hospital, New Richmond, WI

2013        “Above and Beyond”, Veronique Wantz Gallery, Minneapolis, MN,  USA                      

2013       “Gallery Group Show”, Veronique Wantz Gallery,Minneapolis, MN, USA

2013       “Eight International Artists”, Artists Haven Gallery, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA

2013       “Earth”,  440 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, USA

2012       “Eight International Artists”, Artist Haven Gallery, FL, USA

  2012       “Woman and Water Rights III: Concerning Water”, The Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson, WI, USA                

  2012      “International Contemporary Masters 2012”, Southern Nevada Museum   of Fine Arts, Las Vegas, NV, USA                 

  2012      “ 13 International”, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL , US

  2011       “Eight Artists”, Artists Haven Gallery, Ft Lauderdale, FL , USA  

  2011      “Consequential Fusion : Messages in Wax”, Morro Bay Art Center, Morro Bay, CA, US

  2011      “Abstractions”, Woman Made Gallery , Chicago, IL, US

  2011      “International Contemporary Artists IV”, Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Arts, Las Vegas, NE, US               

   2011      “Woman Made Gallery Gala Fundraise Event – Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA                  

 2011      “Temporality - 2011 WARM Members Exhibit”, Grain Bell Bottle House, Minneapolis, , MN, USA                   

 2011      “Arizona  Aqueous”, Tubac Center of the Arts, Tubac , AZ, USA  

 2010       “Women and Water Rights: Rivers of Regenerations - II”, Rochester, MN, USA                  

 2010      “The Art of Mentorship", Ines Greenberg Gallery, Bloomington Art Center, Bloomington, MN, USA                  

 2010        “A World of Artists“, Artist Haven Gallery, (Michael Joseph curator), AH Gallery, Ft Lauderdale, FL, USA                   

 2010        “Minnetonka Center for the Arts 2010 Biennial”,  (Bob Bowman curator),  MCA, Minneapolis, MN, USA                 

 2010        “Eight International Artists”,(Michael Josephcurator), AH Gallery, Ft Lauderdale, FL, USA                   

 2010        “International Contemporar Masters III”, Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Arts, Las Vegas,NE, US                              

 2010        “WARM Currents”, (Beate  Minkovsky curator), NK Building, Minneapolis, MN, USA                 

 2010         “Women and Water Rights”, (Lucy Lippard curator), Nash Gallery, U of M, Minneapolis, 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, Minneapolis, MN, USA

 2009         “WARM Chronicles “, Minneapolis, MN, USA

 2009         “Sketch it out “,APW Gallery , NY, USA

 2009         “World of Imagination Vol.02”, APW Gallery , NY, USA             

 2009         “Rejected!”, Altered Esthetics Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, USA

 2008         “Arts of the Holidays”, Minnetonka Center for the Arts, MN, USA

 2008        “ ART ATTACK 2008 , Northrup King Building, Minneapolis, MN, USA,

 2008         “MCA Annual Juried Exhibition, Minnetonka Center for the Art, -USA                   

 2008         “Art  Spring  Collection 2008 ”, Belfry Center, Minneapolis, MN , USA

 2008         “Bitter Fruits, Anxiety Dreams”, Althered Esthetics, Minneapolis, MN, USA

 2008         “Midwest Sanctuary”, Althered Esthetics, Minneapolis, MN, USA    

 2006         “Visual Art Masters Degree Show, Eugene Villon Gallery, SP, Brazil                      

 2001         “Art  Salon of Barueri,” , City Hall Theatre of Barueri, SP, Brazil

 1998         “II Architecture Design Exhibition”, Bebedouro, SP, Brazil     

 1997         “Bebedouro Art Salon , City Hall  of   Bebedouro, SP, Brazil 

 1996         “Colors Transparencies II, Mokiti Okada Foundation, SP, Brazil

 

Private Art Collections (partial list)

Mr. Y. Salon, Denver, USA

Ms. L. Vincent, Minnesota, USA

Mrs. K. Scully, Virginia, USA 

Mr. K. Kirvida,   Minnesota, USA

 Ms. M. Kunz,   Minnesota, USA

 Ms. W. Frieze,  Minnesota, USA

 Mrs. H. Dawe, Minnesota, USA

 Mrs. and Mr.S. Lattu, Minnesota, USA

 Mrs. T. Guedes, Colorado, USA

 Mr and Mrs. J. Horejs, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

 Mr. and Mrs. P. Angelone, Massachussetts, USA

 Mr. and Mrs. J. Peppel, Minnestoa, USA

 Ms. K. Huertas , São Paulo, Brazil

 Ms. M. R.  Manile , São Paulo, Brazil

 Mr. H. Lacreta Jr., São Paulo, Brazil

 Mr. and Mrs E. Ravena, São Paulo, Brazil

 Ms. Marta Ravena, São Paulo, Brazil

 Mr. J. P. Correia, São Paulo, Brazil

 Ms. C. Campanelli, Bebedouro, Brazil

 Ms. V. Godoy, Bebedouro, ,Brazil

 Ms. R. La Creta, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 Mr. and Mrs. M.  Manile, São  Paulo,  Brazil,

 M. Vergueiro, Bebedouro, Brazil

 Mr. and Ms. H.  Bule  Arruda,  Sao Paulo,  Brazil

 

Commissioned Art Works, Grants and Art Awards

Award of Excellance 2015, 16th Artavita Art Contest, CA, USA

1st Prize, 2014, Palm Art Award, Leipzig, Germany

Award of Merit, 2013, Palm Award, Leipzig, Germany

3rd Prize, 2013 Artists Haven Gallery International Fine Arts Competition, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA

Artist of the Year, 2011, TOSCA magazine, Minneapolis, MN, USA

Award of Excellence, Palm-Art Award 2010, Art Domain Gallery, Leipzig, Germany, 2010 

Showcase Winner Award - 3rd Artslant 2010 Showcase contest,  NC, US, 2010

Featured Artist Contest Winner - 2009, Altered Esthetics Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, USA, 2009

2004 CAPES The Art Research Council of São Paulo- scholarship (2004-2006)

Commissioned work,  Ms. H Dawe., Mn, USA.

Commissioned work to Mr.and Mrs. Angelone. ,Middleton, MA, USA, 2009

Commissioned work to Ms. R. Manile. , Sao Paulo, Brazil

Commissioned work to Mr. and Mrs. M. Manile , Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil, 2005

Commissioned work to Cargill  Brazil, SP , Brazil, 1997.

Commissioned works to Art Bis Stores,  SP, Brazil,  (1993 through 1997)

Commissioned works to Cultural Department of Bebedouro  City,  SP, Brazil, 1995.

 

Press, Art Publications and TV Art Shows  

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

The Owatonna People Press, "Bright Works at OAC", by Kimberly Hyatt, MN, USA, 2015

Who is Who in Visual Arts 2014-15,Ulrich Goette Himmelblau, Art Domain Whois, Leipzig, Germany, 2014

Studio Visit Magazin”e # 23– Art Catalogue,The Open Studio, Press, Boston, MA, 2014

Artblend Vol 1,Michael Joseph, Michael and Elaine Joseph Pbls, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA, 2014

Important World Artists Vol 1, Thomas & Myrina Tunberg, WWAB, Santa Barbara, CA, 2013

Who is Who in Visual Arts, 2012-213, Ulrich Himmelblau, Art Domain Whois, Leipzig,Germany, 2013

International Contemporary Artists Vol. 7, Curator, WWAB Pbls, SantaBarbara, CA, 2013

Featured Artists Vol. IV, (Cover page), Peter Doughty curator, Meadiaplan pbls,Winchester, MA,USA, 2012

TPT-Public Television Broadcast: “MN Original”, featured artist, Minneapolis, MN, USA, April 2012  

Local Artists Interviews, Featured Artist interview, Minneapolis, MN, USA, July 2012

Who is Who in Visual Arts 2011-12, (cover page) Art Domain Verlag Pbls. Lepzig, Germany, 2012 

International Contemporary Artists, Vol.5, Despina Tunber curator, WWA Pbls, CA, 2011

International Dictionary of Art,  cover page,  WWAB, St. Barbara, CA, 2011

PRLog press online, “Julie Ann Segal comments on Silvana Ravena’s Artwork “Red Sight”, 2011

“ Studio Visit Magazin”e # 14– Art Catalogue, The Open Studio Press, Boston, MA, 2011

“TOSCA” Magazine, Featured Artist , 2011, TOSCA Art Guide editors, Twin Cities, USA, 2010

“International Contemporary Masters- IV” 2011 edition, 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, CA, USA, 2010  

“ International Contemporary Masters III” 2010, 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 Abee, Star Tribune newspaper,  2010

”Friendship and Facebook”, by Rosana Almeida, in the news paper, “Nossa Gente”, Orlando, FL, US, 2010

Solo show “ Memory Moves” featured in news paper “The Messanger”, Minneapolis, MN, US,  2009

Blogged at Marge Bohlander Art Gallery blog, 2009

Artist statement published in the book “From Starving to Succesfull”, by Jason Horejs, 2009

“Red Dot, News from Xanadu Gallery - July", featured artist, Xanadu Gallery, AZ, US, 2009

Featured artist at Myspace.com, Feb. 2009

“We Come from Everywhere: Midwest Sanctuary at Esthetics”, by Matt Conrad, Mnartists, 2008

Radio Bebedouro, Interview, City of Bebedouro, SP, Brazil, 2005

"Women Chatting on a Piazza”, Gazeta de Bebedouro, Bebedouro, SP, Brazil, 2005

 

Art Research Essays and Articles About Art:

 “ Boxed Memories: An  Aerial View of Painting”, 2006,  thesis, Santa Marcelina  College ,  SP,  Brasil                    

“Art History Brought to Life”,  (author) in :  S. Ciornai (ed), Percursos  em Arte  Terapia, vol. II, Ed. Summus, SP, Brazil, 2005 

“In Search of Beauty – Reflections on the Mature Women”, (author), in: S.Ciornai (ed), Percursos em Arte Terapia, vol. I, Ed. Summus, SP,  Brazil, 2004

Art History Brought to Life”, ( co-author) , The Art Therapy Magazine,  Sedes Sapientiae Institute, n. VII , SP, Brazil, 2000

“Brazilian  Art : A Gender Approach  ”, monography, Armando Alvarez  Penteado College,  SP, Brazil, 1999                                      

 “In  Search of Beuty: A  Look ", monography,  Sedes   Sapientiae    Institute,   SP,   Brazil, 1997  

Curtocircuito”, visual poem published in  AGRAFICA Magazine, Ed. Entretempo, SPBrazil, 1987.  

 

Art Affiliations and Membership:

ArtPlatform NYC, NY, USA

International Encaustic Artists – San Francisco, CA, USA

WARM – Women Registry of Minnesota, MN, USA

Minneapolis Institute of Art – Minneapolis, MN, USA

Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Wayzata, MN, USA

Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA

Walker Art Center,  Minneapolis, MN, USA

 

Art Lectures and Talks

  2016        Art Demo and Talk, Veronique Wantz Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

  2014       “My Art and Psychology”, Veronique Wantz Gallery, MN, USA

  2013       “The Pompeii Series,” Pompeii City Hall, Pompeii, Italy

  2013       “Psychology and Art”: The Space Beyond and Within Us”, Chanhassen High School,, MN, USA.                   

  2013       “An Archeology of Color”, Bloomington, Theater and Art Center Bloomington, MN, USA                  

  2011        Nina Bliese Gallery, MN,  one person exhibit, Minneapolis, MN

  2006        Lecture : “ Ut  Pictura Poiesis ”, Santa Marcelina College – SP,  Brazil                         

  2000        Lecture : “Meeting  African Art “– Arte Vida Alphaville – SP,  Brazil   

  2000        Lecture and Workshop : “Post Modern Experience” , 4th National Congress of Art Therapy, GO, Brazil                   

  1999        Lecture : “Connections  Between Beauty  and  Menopause ”, 3rd National  Congress of Art Therapy, SP, Brazil

  1997        Lecture : “Art History Brought to Life”, 3National Congress of Art Therapy, SP,  Brazil

1993        Lecture: “Painting  Fabrics for Personal Growth”, 1st Art Therapy Congress of  São  Paulo , SP, Brazil  

                

Other Professional Activities:

 2012              “The Pompeii Series", Art video created for the NGO "AbbracciamociPompeii", Pompeii, Italy  

 2012              Juror at the 4th Annual 6th District Art for Highschool Contest,  Keith Ellison Congressman, MN, US                        

2002-2005      Art History teacher at the Art Therapy Department of Sedes  Sapientiae  Institute,  SP, Brazil

                       Member of the Review Board for the Art Therapy Magazine of Sedes  Sapientiae  Institute,  SP,  Brazil                            

 1999-2005     Author of the curriculum and teacher of the course “Art History  Brought  to  Life”,

                       Sedes  Sapientiae Institute Sao Paulo and Villa Garoud  Nursery Home, Alphaville,   SP, Brazil                                                

 1985-1998     Clinical psychotherapy and art therapy for adults and seniors,  SP, Brazil

 

Selected Endorsements:

I've been cherishing Silvana's art for a couple of years now, and I highly recommend her as a professional artist/painter standing out of the crowd!. This lasting impressive experience of her works even induced me to feature her art in a number of my book publications of Who's Who in Visual Art.

Ulrich, Goette Himmelblau, CEO, Art Domain Publishers Group

“Silvana is a joy to work with. Not only does her work generate constant interest from clients, but she is extremely organized, reliable and responsive. Silvana is the consummate professional, a rarity among artists”

Jason Horejs, Owner, Xanadu Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ, USA

“My wife and I had been searching for a painting to anchor our collection displayed in our family living room.  As a recent purchaser of the Xanadu Gallery, we are privy to new artist’s works from time to time. One Sunday morning I received an e-mail from Xanadu featuring Silvana LaCreta’s work. Needless to say, it was absolutely spectacular. My wife and I were drawn to it immediately. After a short discussion, we decided to call Silvana and see whether we could commission her to paint us a painting to anchor our collection.This began one of the most rewarding relationships we have experienced. From the first email we sent to all the collaboration we had throughout the process, Silvana listened to our vision and she provided the inspiration and incredible talent to create a wonderful painting that we will enjoy for years to come. I was amazed ar how easy the process worked and I was actually commenting to Silvana how we are going to miss our periodical updates about the painting. It just may be that we have to have her paint us another original painting!  If you are thinking of commissioning an artist as talented and dedicated as Silvana to create a work of art that is timeless and this, I would say that it is a very rewarding and satisfying experience, one that I would do again in a heat beat.”

Phillip A., Art collector, Middleton, MA, USA

“It was an honor to show your encaustics at Bohlander Arts Gallery. I am quite impressed with the uniqueness of your work, its maturity and rich expressiveness. The show looks great.I was also impressed to see the publicity that you personally generate for your artwork. Not only does this promotion keep your work in the minds of your followers, but it also helps to inform people that might not know about a gallery show or other event that you are part in. Anyone who works with you will appreciate your professionalism. You are very easy to work with. I wish you great success with your artistic career and I hope that we can work together in the future. “

Marjorie J. Bohlander, Owner, Bohlander Arts Gallery

“The waxen encaustic surfaces of Silvana Ravena’s paintings dance with a myriad of warm tones. The Brazilian-born artist’s work seems abstract but bear its origins in the landscape or figure studies. “ The Ball”, for instance, is a Kandinsky-like study of figures on a ball court, whereas the fish in two paintings almost disappear in a welter of color. Her “Rocky Mountains” landscape is an explosion of tropical colors hinting the scene that inspired them.”

Mary Abbe, Art critic , Star Tribune Newspaper, Minneapolis, MN, USA

“Silvana LaCreta Ravena grew up in Sao Paulo, Brazil, a city known as a prominent cultural and intellectual center. It is not surprising then that this remarkable woman earned degrees in psychology, art therapy and art history, and most recently a master’s degree in fine arts. She has worked as a production designer in film, as a professional artist and was also a practicing psychotherapist in Brazil. Ms. Ravena has numerous art shows and exhibits throughout the United States. You can view more of her incredible work at silvanaravena.com”

Gail Weber, Editor, Twin Cities TOSCA Art Magazine, MN, USA

“You deserve all the good wishes and presentations that you are experiencing.  Your pieces are wonderful.  As I am typing this I am facing your piece in our lobby.  So glad you are a part of the ICM Shows.”

Lynn Jones, Art assistant,  Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Arts, Las Vegas, NE, USA, 2011

“Thanks Silvana! That show was a very gratifying experience for me. I always like showing your beautiful work!”

 Robert Bowman, Exhibits Director, Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Minneapolis, MN, USA, Jully 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

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