veritable Girl from Ipanema who emigrated to the
Santos De Castro, also known by the name Dayana on the beaches of
Rio De Janeiro
an evangelist touching the hearts of all whom she encounters.
Naturally exuding the warmth, charm and affection of the Brazilians,
is an inspirational tour de force whose timeless, borderless
artistic expressions are ripe for a world seeking the deeper
interpretations, celebrations and meanings of life - a world ready, it
would seem, for her … “Factory of Dreams”.
experiencing her creations of art, almost all agree that, from beneath
the surface of this beautiful and cultured Brazilian – a tropical
songbird and accomplished singer who immerses herself in classical
music as well - emerges a surprising genius, strangely mirroring her
fanatical appreciation of Beethoven … an artist whose bold and novel
uses of creative media has elicited from an award winning doctorate
level veteran of the fine arts to such commentary as “very
excellent”, “gifted and visionary”, and “reminiscent of
Chagall, Picasso, and Klee”.
than this, and the growing number of followers that assert her to be a
very certain new talent in the art world, is the story of
for she has truly journeyed much farther than the 7,000 miles that
separate her from the U.S. and her native Brazil– as she is a
recovering victim of domestic violence … facing and conquering, with
a relentless dedication to art, the problems she faced during her
brave journey over the past three decades.
November 26, 1965
, into a simple family that lived amongst the orange groves outside of
Rio De Janeiro
, from early childhood,
Adriana exhibited the
energy and creative talents that her mother and father advanced in the
areas of music. And as destiny would have it, she was encouraged to
seek a true direction for her heart to follow; a passion that was the
of voice. This dedication eventually led her to Sony Music
Brasil as a
singer and composer.
it was in 1999, at the birthing point of the millennium, and under
circumstances best told in her own words, that she was deeply inspired
to extend her personal creativity into the ageless and universal medium
of art. She discovered an extraordinary new set of feelings of
creativity within; she felt she had to put them into a visual extension
of her spirituality – giving permanency to her most raw, real and
compelling feelings as could never be expressed in any other way. She
was, in fact, willing to cease her music ambitions and go to the visual
Americans began seeing her work, validating this premise by the
consistent surprise in their reactions to learning that the gifted
artist was a top singer from
Adriana was encouraged to the point where all
she did, day and night, was produce artwork. As had been the case with
her voice, her artistic skills rapidly developed and she soon found
herself captivated by a particular style that grew out of a remarkable
technique she discovered.
the world’s finest quality soft pastels (Schmincke, Rembrandt), she
invented a unique approach to suit her objectives in uses of color – a
process of grinding the pastel sticks into powders, and literally
hand-painting the largest portions of her works, using detailed fingers
movements, and blending colors and patterns in a bold, yet choreographed
symphony of mysterious forms – reminiscent, in degree, to powdered
sands used in mandalas.
But, perhaps even more radical, oftentimes, from
a serene and multi-hued backdrop, she will draft an entire family of
exotic life-forms, seemingly extraterrestrial or otherworldly … a
psychedelic adventure unfolding before the eyes.
collector - Roosevelt (Montagne)