Silvana
LaCreta Ravena

www.silvanaravena.com


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About the Artist

“Silvana LaCreta Ravena is a versatile painter who works in oils, acrylics, watercolors, and encaustic. Originally from Brazil, she was educated as a psychologist and also holds degrees in art therapy, art history and a master’s degree in fine arts.

The connections between psychology and art have been the constant subject of her paintings. She became fascinated with this theme during her practice as a clinical psychologist, an experience that helped her to infuse her art with principles based on different lines of thought in psychology. Some Freudian concepts, ideas from the Phenomenology, concepts of the Gestalt and some Jungian concepts are particularly important to her artworks.

In several of her oil, encaustic and mixed media pieces she reflects on the concept of memory and is particularly interested in the qualities of these media that make the passage of time more visible. From her 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. For Silvana, we see things not only with our brain, but also with our experience, and this experience is part of an array of psychological processes that go beyond our awareness.

Thus, in her pieces, she seeks to play with elements pertaining to the act of producing and beholding art to reflect on the connections between images and the mind. According to Silvana, “art is a type of embodiment in which experience creates matter that creates experience.”

Since moving Minnesota in 2006, Ms. Ravena has centered her focus exclusively on painting, making it her way of stimulating people’s psychological dynamics.

Silvana is represented by galleries in multiple states, has exhibited regularly in various venues throughout the country and has received prestigious art awards in the US and Europe. Her work has been featured in national and international art publications as well as in television art shows, belonging to private collections in both the US and Brazil.”

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