Riana van Staden
South African born artist and photographer earned in 2018 the IN3 Art Worldwide International Master Artist® designation.
Why did you decide to pursue a career in the Visual Arts?
Since I can remember I was always busy drawing or painting something. After school I studied photography, another passion I have and from photography I started taking art courses to help me to better express myself. Art is for me a way of expressing myself, things that happens around me as well things affecting we as humans in general.
When did you decide to pursue a career in the Visual Arts?
I think it was around 2010 that I made the decision to only focus on my art. I went to the USA for art training and since then I only focus on my art. This was the best decision I made because now I can do what I love
What inspires you the most?
There are many things that gives me inspiration.
I love color. Especially purple. I love to listen to people and their stories. There is so much pain in this world that sometimes I will start with something to end up with something more emotional.
Abstract art, portraits, digital art. At the moment I work a lot with alcohol inks and I really love the flow of the inks to create abstract pieces.
Another favorite is to create whimsical portraits of girls/women in mixed media.
She uses a method of “Painting with Photography” through photo-editing software where she stack, layer and blend different photos together to create a final image that looks much more like a painting than a photograph. Her art varies from bright spring and summer colors to the dark browns, gold’s, ochre, yellow and the beauty of rust and marble.
Never spare a beautiful face. She creates her art that the face of the women become part of nature. You will always see flaws or marks on the face but the beauty will always be in every women’s eyes… the window of the soul.
She creates portraits of women making their beauty part of the beauty in nature, flowing into each other, women and nature become one. Her art varies from bright spring and summer colors to the dark browns, gold’s, ochre, yellow and the beauty of rust and marble.
Riana van Staden