Emerging Melbourne artist Lionia is showing a series of captivating oversized portraits based on cultures from around the globe in her forthcoming Faces of the World charity art exhibition at The Trust on Saturday 7 November 2015.
The Faces of the World collection has been inspired by the diversity and character of different cultures from around the world. Lionia has done well in capturing colour, drama and mood in these impressive works.
When asked about the inspiration for putting together this event, Lionia becomes visibly animated. “I love experiencing new cultures and visiting different places. The richness in colours, traditions and stories fascinate, amaze and move me. At the core of it, there is humanity. The person.”
“Regardless of our skin colour, facepaint or backgrounds, we are all individuals with desires, hopes, and needs. I try to portray that in their eyes and expressions. Some of us are incredibly fortunate that we don’t have to think about satisfying our basic needs… while many have a daily struggle just to find clean water or a safe place to sleep.”
Lionia plans to expand her Faces of the World collection and continue to contribute to help those in need whilst doing what she loves. “Multicultural Melbourne seems the perfect place to celebrate our differences,” adds Lionia.
Lionia was born in Portugal and migrated to Australia with her family when she was just 7 years old. After graduating with an Arts degree in fashion design from RMIT University, she established her own fashion label which was stocked in stores around Australia.
She now focusses her artistic energy on painting. Her work includes creating fantasy feature walls in homes and enlivening corporate spaces with ‘oversized’ and customised wall art and murals, and have featured in fashion boutiques, hairdressing salons, hospital waiting rooms, as well as display homes for leading builders and private homes in Melbourne and Sydney.
For one night only, the Faces of the World charity art exhibition has partnered with World Vision Australia. CEO Tim Costello will launch the exhibition, and the evening will feature a performance by renowned Japanese Taiko drum group, Wadaiko Rindo.
“Through my art, I wanted to celebrate the fascinating colours and amazing diversity of people of the world, and in partnering with World Vision I hope to play my small part in improving life for some who are less fortunate,” says Lionia. “My hope is that this event will create some conversations and awareness as well as help raise some much needed funds for charitable work.”
Faces of the World
The Trust, 405 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Exhibition and Launch: Saturday 7 November 2015 – 8.00pm
Entry fee: $15.00 (proceeds to World Vision Australia)
For more information, visit: www.lionia.com.au for details.
Image: Lionia Singh, Amazon Child 2015