My art is reflection of my own journey in life. I was born in the former Yugoslavia (Sibenik, Croatia). In 1992, I escaped the war in my homeland (Sarajevo, Bosnia) and was granted political asylum in the United States for my family and me. En route to our exile in America, we stopped in Philadelphia, where we found our new place in the Sun. This city, where we made our new home and where my sonâ€™s life has been saved so many times, has become a theme and inspiration for my paintings. My life, which has been full of surprises and is very difficult to describe in words, is visible in the colors I use for my art-brave, dynamic, vibrant and unpredictable. It is one of the new escapes from the life I previously had. Done in acrylic, on canvas or black drawing paper, my paintings show a celebration of life and existence. I am spreading that celebration all over the world, with my art included in private collections in Europe, Australia, South America, Israel, and Hong-Kong, China and throughout United States.
Lilliana and her paintings
Lillianaâ€™s art work and the colors she applies on her art are very unique. Lilliana enriches the American abstract expressionism by the unique way she uses to illustrate the cityscape of Philadelphia. Looming with blocks of colors and lines she shows streets of Philadelphia, its buildings, charming stars, houses and flowers with fantastic colors. She goes out to different places to find glass, porcelain, crystal and embed them into her paintings that fully develop into detail of beauty. Under the light one can reveal her unique and bizarre expression of color.
Looking at Lillianaâ€™s work we can see and feel her quest of beauty in art. Her art with abstract expressionistic technique have revealed a sincere pop art, her passion about life and love, her desire for spirituality of both, artistic love and family life. She uses the unique language of art to interact with others; she is genuine and true friend. China has an old proverb that says â€œArt is as a personâ€, for me that is exactly Lillianaâ€™s portrayal.
Professor of Painting
Director of Oil Painting Section at Department of the Fine Arts Academy Hunan Normal University, Changsha, Hunan, China
Living in Philadelphia, Pa, USA
03/2012 - Love and Loss - Lantern Theater - Philadelphia, Pa
02/2012 - Her Stories - Riverfront Renaissance Center-North Gallery - Millville, NJ
02/2012 - Warholized - DaVinci Art Alliance - Philadelphia, PA
01/2012 - Emergence - Riverfront Renaissance Center-North Gallery - Millville, NJ