About Zhana Viel
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Many of her subjects include whimsical faces, their expressions portraying the simplest of emotions. Yet they have an edge to them as if they know something, something deep, Jungian... archetypal. We are fooled into believing that this person is merely happy or angry or sad until we learn that there is so much more. There are slight nuances, a simple stroke of the brush that unfolds secrets, little plans, the recipe of the stars.
Music is a favored subject of Zhana's art and here we see her creating some of her most brilliant work. The musical instruments are extensions of the people playing them, extremities transporting life's energy from the subject to the viewer. Listening to music is one of the most personal experiences and it is no surprise that it is a dominant aspect of Zhana's work.
When one looks at this artist's vast array of creations, thoughts of classic B&W movies from Bergman, Antonioni, Fellini and many other iconic filmmakers come to mind. It is art like this that lifts transforms and breaks those barriers between the solid, structural world and the ethereal mystical realm of soul-thought. Like Plato's shadow figures on the cave wall, we look at the art of Zhana Viel and grasp something bigger, greater than this finite world reveals to us, we see the unlimited.''
by John Sciarrino
Tell us a little bit about yourself: What got you interested in art? Have you taken any art classes?
I have been into art ever since I can remember. I've never taken art classes, I believe every artist should be his own teacher.You mentioned on your profile that your art is inspired mainly by classical music. Has this always been the case?
I like watching classical music concerts. I am fascinated by the unique facial expressions musicians have while they are performing. Before classical music and painting, I was into art photography.What has been your most touching or amazing moment you've experienced as an artist?
Every time people buy my art is an amazing and touching moment for me.What other artists have been inspirational to you in your work?
Rembrandt. For his time he was a genius!Which creative medium would you love to pursue but haven’t yet?
Bronze. I have always been interested in sculpting.How do you know when a work is finished?
I don't know. I like to leave my artworks unfinished.Zhana Viel is an artist who spent her youth exploring in nature
and freely discovering the great outdoors. As a teenager, she studied photography
and design with the American photographer Giovanni who catalyzed her outgoing
passion for art making. She has numerous private collections in Europe, the United States and Australia. Viel's artworks have been used on the covers of books, CD albums and
Vernon Proms Classical music festival visuals. At the present moment, she lives and works
in London, UK.