Lanna Ariel was born in Brazil and graduated in Visual Arts from the University of Brasilia - UNB in 2018. She then worked for many years as Gallerist Manager and exhibition curator at Caixa Cultural Brasilia. From this period she particularly remembers the exhibition "Artistas no Acervo da Caixa", dedicated to women artists from 1920 to 2006, which will be important for the development of her own language. She then moved to Ireland and currently lives in Galway, where she began to devote herself to her art. This change has a great impact on her work. Lanna's artistic research explores surrealism, nature, symbolism, fairy tales and witchcraft, where she encourages the viewer to see the world with a spark of magic. She draws inspiration not only from artists further back in time, such as Leonora Carrington, Remedios Varo and Artemisia Gentileschi, but also from contemporary artists such as Isabelle Prado, Ruth Speer, Natalie Rukavishnikova, Nom Kinnear King and Elea-nor Johnson. Lanna exhibits her work in Ireland and also internationally.
My artistic research is intensely linked to the exploration of the self. I find interesting how the constant change of things affects Life and therefore, the creation of my paintings is deeply connected to spiritual awakening, insight, acceptance and growth. Leonora Carrington is one of the artists I respect the most; the symbolism and surrealism associated with her work are truly stimulating for my creativity. As a woman from the periphery of Brazil, moving to Ireland has changed my view of reality in many ways. In fact, my paintings are usually composed of figurative elements mixed with abstract and fluid forms. Nature is undoubtedly my main source of inspiration, while the exploration of symbolism al-lows me to connect spirituality with intuition. My works are meant to be containers of elements that tell of transformation, wrapped in scenarios rich in symbolism to be deciphered.