Ivana was born in North Africa and in 1970 migrated to Australia with her parents. Prior to their move they lived in Malta where Ivana studied English. These three countries have collided to represent her unique talent on canvas.
Ivana’s motivations are influenced by her youth living on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea and the many journeys to Italy, Malta, Europe and parts of Australia.
Ivana developed a love of drawing and painting as a child. Her pocket money was spent on art supplies and the encouragement received by her family was great. In 1992, she decided to take up folk art lessons and the many hours spent practicing the brush strokes have paid off.
Recognising that you never stop learning and still, to this day, continues to experiment new techniques in order to broaden her artistic knowledge.
By using bright colours, broad brush strokes and thickened textures, Ivana explores the canvas. She uses basic primary colours to create 3D imagery that pushes the opportunity of textures to its boundaries.
Ivana expresses her emotions, thoughts and sentiments through her paintings. Working mainly in acrylics, she also uses oils, mixed media and pastels.
Painting for Ivana is an ongoing journey of self-discovery and expanding boundaries. Once the desired effect is achieved, the viewer is invited to explore and experience a labour of love and dedication.
CAGE – SOLO EXHIBITION
EPIPHANY ANGLICAN CHURCH ART EXHIBITION – 2008, 2009, 2010
WYNDHAM COUNCIL EXHIBITION – CITY COUNTRY COAST – 2011
ART IN PUBLIC PLACES, WILLIAMSTOWN – 2007, 2008, 2010
HOBSONS BAY ART SHOW – 2012, 2014, 2015
BACCHUS MARSH ART SHOW – 2000 to 2019
MERCY HOSPITAL ART EXHIBITION, WERRIBEE – 2008 to 2012
BAYSIDE ART SHOW – 2012, 2014 to 2019
LITTLE TREASURES EXHIBITION, BOLOGNA ITALY – 2013
MORNINGTON ART EXHIBITION – 2014, 2016 to 2019
CAMBERWELL ART SHOW – 2014 to 2016, 2019
MOUNT VIEW ART SHOW – 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018
WERRIBEE ROTARY ART SHOW – 2014 to 2016
APEX CLUB OF BALLARAT ART SHOW – 2014
MOONEE VALLEY ART SHOW – 2016
VICTOR HARBOUR ART SHOW – 2017
ART IN TUNE – 2017