Mariana Amaral Moreira, a fine artist with focus on visual and illustrative art, was born in Santos, Brazil, in 1988, and is currently residing in Berlin. After living in Michigan, USA, for 2 years, where she graduated with an Associate Degree in Graphic Design and a certificate of proficiency in Illustration, she decided to travel and learn from other universities in order to develop a higher standard of technical skill. Because of her double-degree, Mariana has been working in the field of Graphic Design for 5 years, while being active as a freelance Illustration/Fine Arts works.
She is inspired by the great artists of Neue Sachlichkeit (New Objectivity), such as Käthe Kollwitz, and the Social Realism of her own country, such as the art of Cândido Portinari. Her she concerns herself with the questioning of one’s identity in constant clash with globalized nationality borders, prejudice, and social expectations. Mariana strives to evoke a sense of discomfort and embarrassment on the viewer, which can lead to a later reflection on sensitive subjects. She studies portraits and the human body, placing the figures as isolated objects from any contextual relationship, in order to question, once more, their identity and their meaning to the viewer.
Her work has been exhibited in the United States and in Germany.
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