People I / III: Mixed Media

Artist Statement:

Narrative is the main idea behind my artwork. I like to work in series, exploring stories, poems, and/or brief sentences to understand what can be seen that has not been said, what is behind the stories, and to try and find out who owns these words.

My work has been driven by a desire to reveal an image with strong poetic content, where the body is not only physical, but representative of personal speech. My work is a record of a precise moment that alludes to the poetry of the mind and the connotations that it makes on the body.

Two elements play an important role in my work: line and gesture. I have been working with etching for many years and lines are always present in the printing. In painting, lines are there to provide structure that determines space. Expressive gesture builds strong lines that give movement and emotion to the composition.

Silvana Soriano is a visual artist based in Miami. She was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she graduated with a BFA in art history and art education from Bennett University. She furthered her studies at the esteemed School of Visual Arts, in Rio de Janeiro. Soriano started her teaching career at Bennett University and has been an educator for over two decades, at public schools in Rio de Janeiro and Miami and with the non-profit Arts4Learning. Soriano expanded her career by working as an illustrator in Brazil, working with different authors and poets. She has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Brazil, Spain, France, USA, and Cuba since 1984. Soriano continues to work with printmaking, illustration, and teaching in Miami today.