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Meet Dania Sierra

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dania Sierra.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
My art adventure started at an early age. I recall being in the 3rd grade, and our yearly school book was asking for cartoon submissions from all grades. My submission was a Charlie Brown and Linus cartoon depicting them planting a seed to watch their beautiful tree grow. Weeks went by and nothing grew. Last panel depicted both Charlie and Linus discussing why their tree would not grow and figured out that it was not growing because they planted the seed upside down. Obviously, it was chosen for the year book. From then my creativity has been full blown.
I also come from a creative family, my grandfather and grandmother poets in their own rights.

Please tell us about your art.
Most of my work consist of oil on canvas. I would categorize it as expressionist with a modern cubist style. I love to create dreamlike worlds full of color and style. My inspiration comes from nature, animals and colors. Color is the most important visual element in my pieces. Born in the island of Cuba, the foliage and color of Cuba was ingrained in me as a small child. Working with color for me fuels my creative juices. I like my viewers to walk away from pieces thinking they were transported into magical, spiritual dreamlike worlds that they have never experienced.

The message I would LIKE for people to take away from my pieces is for them to realize that the beauty of nature and animals that surround us is the greatest gift they may have. To see it at its purity to take the time and realize how important it is to embrace it as part of life. However, the message the viewer takes away from my pieces is such a personalized message, that my paintings just become a vehicle to tap into these feelings. This in its self is the beauty of art. Endless languages, endless emotions, endless brushstrokes.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing artists today?
I think the biggest challenge for artist today is that their local communities do not have enough programs or cultural events supporting them. There are too many vanity galleries, asking artist to pay a fee just to be exhibited in their gallery. The big ticketed art events are untouchable for many extremely talented artists. Only the top tier gets in.

On the flip side the internet as given an artist a huge opportunity to showcase their work to the world. Artist need to get computer savvy and start promoting themselves, something that does not come easily to artist which would rather be in the studio painting.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I exhibit in various collective exhibitions around town and at Carnaval On the Mile Art & Music Festival, CubaNostalgia Event (which I am also art director for these 2 local events). You can view my art on my website at www.sierrafineart.com. Check out up–coming exhibitions tab.

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Dania Sierra

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