Artist of surrealist and visionary themes, Patricia was born in 1970 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she lived and worked until moving to the United States. Since she was a little child, she has been enjoying to give life to her private world through her drawings and writings. She has been drawing since the age of three, never remembering a single time of her life when she was not exploring some type of creative language. She has been also a performing artist, acting, dancing, and singing since her late teens. Although in part self-taught, she has had some formal training in visual arts that included academic drawing classes and a background in Fashion Design. Her love for teaching took her to a bachelors degree in Art Education with a specialization in History of Art from the Rio de Janeiro State University. But it was just after leaving her homeland that she considered the possibility of becoming a fine artist more seriously. Currently she has been consistently working as a fine artist, illustrator, and designer, basing her images on her passion for the figurative art combined with ornamental abstracts. Her inspiration and aesthetic references come from several sources, from the theater and ballet to Eastern Art, from the Art Nouveau and Jugendstil to contemporary Pop Art, including occult symbolism, Tarot, Astrology and metaphysics. Patricia is currently a member of the Energy Art Movement.
“Whenever I wanted answers or inspiration for life and art, it was not in the mundane or in the ordinary life that I looked for them, but in the unlimited world of my inner reality. This world, inhabited by mysterious places and people, has its own stories, its own rules, its own wisdom. I am only the storyteller.
I think of my work as a celebration of the human experience in what they have of sacred and profane. My language is the one of beauty and emotion, composed upon a hybrid of drawing/painting. Graphite drawing of classically constructed bodies, rendered with oil, acrylic washes and abstract embellishment, reflect the point of contact between the physical and the reality of dreams, spirituality, and abstract perceptions. I create my own mythology; characters, stories, fables, worlds that speak and connect with the viewer through the language of symbols and archetypes. Themes like transformation and transitions, the human duality, spiritual and emotional experiences, and the ties of man with nature and the raw forces of life are often explored. Since I focus primarily on the female figure, I can say that my work is also about the the female experience according to my own vision of the feminine: power, creation, energy, witchcraft, life. My women are forces of nature, sorceresses, bearers of darkness and light.”
Patricia Ariel, March 2012