Silvana LaCreta Ravena

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Silvana Ravena
Minneapolis, Minnesota - United States




I am an artist originally from Brazil, who believes that art is a meditation on life.  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.

Over the past fifteen years, I have worked in oil, acrylics, watercolors and encaustic, approaching different aspects of the concept of memory. My non-encaustic pieces are both abstract and figurative, while the encaustic paintings are completely abstract. In my pieces I abstract the usual conventions of image to reflect on the connections between meanings and images. I create a sense of ambiguity between the object and its intelligibility to convey my concern with the ways in which we formulate the meanings and the values that structure our visual perception. Therefore, 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 such as the unconscious, repression, and latent/manifest content are particularly important to my paintings.  Such a range serves to broaden my work, giving it a more fluid, open-ended character that invites the viewer to appreciate it in  his/her unique way.

As a psychologist I consider the expression of texture as a tool to reach profound levels of the psyche. As an artist, I am deeply interested in continuous feedback between matter and sensation, exploring the boundaries of two and three dimensions.  Images, for me, are a psychological experience of pleasure, culturally determined and socially legitimated. Ultimately, my overall intention is to give the viewer an opportunity to experience the presence of the painting as a critical response to the ongoing de-materialization of the reality of our contemporary world.


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


Brazilian Artist and Art History teacher.
Psychotherapist and Art Therapist .
Languages  spoken: Portuguese, English and Italian  


Ongoing     Art and Wearable art studio - encaustics, paintings and batiks, 
                      Minneapolis, MN

2006          Art  History  teacher  at Santa Marcelina  College -  SP - Brazi
2002-2005  Art History teacher at the Art Therapy Department of Sedes
                      Sapientiae Institute, SP, Brazil 

                  Member of 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  SP and
Nursery Home Villa Garoud,
                      Alphaville, SP, Brazil

1986-2001  Clinical psychotherapy and art therapy work SP, Brazil


2011  Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Arts, "International Contemporary
             Artists IV", Las Vegas, NE

2010  International Dictionary of Painting 2010,WWA Publishers, St Barbara, CA
         Water Maters, Rochester Art Center,  Rochester, MN 
         Bloomington Center for The Arts WARM Exhibit,
BAC, Minneapolis, MN
         Summer Annual Show  - Artist Haven Gallery, (Michael Joseph
              AH Gallery, Ft Lauderdale, FL, June

         Minnetonka Center for the Arts 2010 Biennial , (Bob Bowman curator), 
              MCA, Minneapolis, MN, July 
         Artist Haven Gallery, Eight International Artists, ( Michael Joseph
              curator)AH Gallery, Ft Lauderdale, FL, June
         Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Arts, International Comtemporary
              Masters III ( Despina Taumberg curator), Las Vegas, NE, April- June
         NKBuilding, WARM Currents ( Beate  Minkovsky curator)
              Minneapolis, MN , March- April
         Nash Gallery, University of Minnesota, "Women and Water Rights",
              (Lucy Lippard, curator), Minneapolis, MN, Feb- March                          
2009  Woman Made Gallery  "Mirando al Sur", Chicago, IL, October
         Altered Esthetics Gallery "Travel Stories"  - Minneapolis, MN, October
         Altered Esthetics The Struggle Within- Minneapolis, MN, September
         WARM Chronicles Encaustic  Minneapolis, MN, March through July
         Xanadu Gallery  - Encaustics Scottsdale, AZ, May
         Minnetonka Center for the Arts , Wayzata, MN, May
         Hopkins Center for the Arts Hopkins, MN, April
         APW Gallery Sketch it out Watercolors, New York City, NY, April   
         APW Gallery World of Imagination Vol.02 Encaustics, New York City, Mar
         Altered Esthetics Gallery "Rejected!" Encaustics,Minneapolis, MN, Feb
2008  Minnetonka Center for the Arts 2008 Arts of the Holidays
         Juried show - Wearable art Minneapolis, MN, USA, November - Dec
         The Northrup King Building ART ATTACK 2008, Minneapolis, MN, Nov
         Minnetonka Center for The Arts "Minnetonka Center for the Arts Annual 
         Juried Exhibition "encaustics" - MN -USA, May - June
         Northrup King Building - Thursdays in the Arts District, Encaustic,
              Minneapolis, MN, monthly
         Belfry Center, "Art Spring Collection 2008", Encaustics, Minneapolis, April
         Altered Aesthetics Gallery,  "Bitter Fruits and Anxiety Dreams" drawings,
              Minneapolis, MN,  Feb 
         Altered  Esthetics  Gallery, "Midwest Sanctuary", Encaustics, Minneapolis
2007  Roberto Shapiro Art Gallery, Aerial photography, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,          Space Eugene Villon Gallery, "Visual Arts Masters Degree Exhibit",
              Encaustic, Santa Marcelina College, SP, Brazil
2001  Municipal Theatre of Barueri City, "Art Salon of Barueri", Acrylics, 

Paulo, SP, Brazil  
2000  Bebedouro Art Gallery,"II Architecture Design Exhibition City of
             Bebedouro", Temperas, Bebedouro, SP, Brazil  
1997  City Hall of Bebedouro City, "I Bebedouro  Art  Salon", watercolor,
              Bebedouro, SP, Brazil
1996  Mokiti Okada Foundation of S Paulo City, "Colors Transparencies II,  
              Wearable art, S Paulo, SP, Brazil  
         Mokiti Okada Foundation of S Paulo City, "Colors and Transparencies  I",
              Wearable art, S Paulo, SP, Brazil


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


Artist Julie Ann Segal comments on Silvana Ravena's Red Sight
International Dictionary of Artist
Who is Who in Visual Art, Vol 2010-2011 Art Domain Verlag Leipzig, Germany
     Artworks and artistic profile

Dictionary of Art,Vol. III by Despina Tunberg, WWAB Publisher,
     Santa Barbara, CA, Artworks featured along with artistic profile
International Contemporary Masters, by Despina Tunberg, WWAB
     Publishers, Santa Barbara, CA,  Artworks featured along with artistic profile
Featured artist in the article: Friendship and Facebook by Rosana Almeida,
     Nossa Gente Orlando, FL, US, June

Solo show Memory Moves featured in news paper The Messenger,
     Minneapolis, MN, US, August
Blogged at Marge Bohlander Art Gallery blog, June
Artist statement published in the book From Starving to Successful by
     Jason Horejs, September
Featured artist  at Red Dot, News from Xanadu Gallery, July monthly
     newsletter by Xanadu Gallery, AZ, US
Featured artist at, February

Featured works in We Come from Everywhere: Midwest Sanctuary at
Esthetics, by Matt Conrad, January, at Mnartists online publication

Interviewed artists at Radio Bebedouro, City of Bebedouro, SP, Brazil
Article about show "Women Chatting on a Piazza" Gazeta de Newspaper
     Bebedouro City of Bebedouro, SP, Brazil


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,  

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,

Author of the essay Art History Brought to Life, published in The Art
Therapy Magazine of Sedes Sapientiae Institute, n. VII , SP, Brazil

Curtocircuito, visual poem published in  AGRAFICA Magazine, Ed.
Entretempo, SP, Brazil


2004  Lecture: Ut  Pictura Poiesis, Santa Marcelina College SP, Brazil 
         Lecture:  Meeting  African Art  Arte Vida Alphaville SP,  Brazil   
2000  Lecture and Workshop: Post Modern Experience 4th National
              Congress of Art Therapy Goiania GO, Brazil
1999  Lecture: Connections  Between Beauty and Menopause 3rd  
               National  Congress  of Art Therapy SP, Brazil
         Lecture: Art History Brought to Life 3rd  National Congress of
               Art Therapy SP, Brazil
1993  Lecture: Painting  Fabrics for Personal Growth 1st Art Therapy
               Congress of  S Paulo SP, Brazil

Xanadu Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ, USA 
Artists Haven Gallery, Ft Lauderdale, FL,  USA
Artwork Network Gallery, Denver, CO, USA