Artist of surreal and visionary themes, Patricia Ariel was born in 1970 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she lived and worked until moving to the United States. Although part self-taught, she has had some formal training in visual arts that included academic drawing classes and a degree in Fashion Design. 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 geometric and expressionistic abstracts. Working primarily with pencils, her inspiration and aesthetic references come from several sources, from the theater and ballet to Eastern Art, from the Art Nouveau and Jugendstil to the contemporary Pop Art, including occult symbolism, Tarot, Astrology and metaphysics.
“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 art as a celebration of the human experience in what they have of sacred and profane. To me, there is nothing more fascinating than the mystery; this is the basic source of all my reflections and explorations. In my work I constantly investigate the point of contact between the physical and the reality of dreams, spirituality, and abstract concepts. 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 female experience according to my own vision of the feminine: power, creation, energy, witchcraft, life. The characters I create embody forces of nature. They are sorceresses, ethereal beings, bearers of darkness and light.”