ALOHA - My name is Liliana R. Morell. I was born and raised in Switzerland, and I have traveled worldwide. I have been living and creating artwork in Switzerland, near Lucerne and on the Island of Maui, Hawai’i. Maui feels home ever since I took my first breath on this island.
Throughout my whole life being creative and coaching people are my biggest passion. I became interested in art and interior design at an early age, but was also always connected to psychology and spirituality. I have worked as a Holistic Life Coach, Sports psychologist, and have coached and managed athletes. I have taught in seminars and healing workshops for many years. With my high sensitivity and empathy, my long-term coaching experience and even through art I support people in their personal growth and make one remember their unique being.
For more than 30 years, I have been doing visual art. In 2008, I started my career as an independent full-time artist with my own studio and a gallery in Zurich, Switzerland: I was invited to show for several single exhibitions. Working as an Art Therapist and independent Interior Decorator completes my curriculum in the art field.
In 2015, I moved to Maui, enrolled at UH Maui College’s Language Institute (MLI) to improve my English. From 2016 until 2019 I studied at University of Hawaii Maui College, focusing on Art (Degree in Visual Art) and Hawaiian Studies. For many years, the Hawaiian Culture has deeply touched my heart. Therefore, I studied Hawaiian Culture in all aspects at the Unversity on Maui, and still continue to educate myself with Hawaiian Kumu’s (such as Aloha Spirit with Lei’Ohu Ryder, Ho’oponopono with Keala Ching). I am involved in different cultural activities with my Ohana and teacher Lei’Ohu Ryder. During my time on Maui, my artwork was selected and shown at several juried exhibitions.
My art is a symbiosis of modern abstract art and the nature and culture of Hawai’i
Doing art for me is meditation. With a connection to the “here and now” my work comes into being very intuitively. The ideas and forms come through me. The beauty and nature of the islands of Hawai’i and spirituality are my main inspiration for my creativity. I express my inside…….moment by moment in color, texture and shapes. I like organic forms which are not perfect, but nurture harmony and balance in each of us.
All my paintings have many layers, and all include the colors of the four elements. After I was introduced to Hawaiian Fiber Art, my paintings have changed. I started to include the bark of the Wauke tree and other natural Hawaiian fibres into my abstract art. Many of my paintings are based on the old Hawaiian tradition of Kapa making. which begins with the harvest of the bark and continues through the whole process of beating the bark to get a fine kappa. For my use, I go one step further, expand the bark and change the form very intuitively until I feel a harmony in myself and a connection to the colors on the canvas. It is my desire to be a bridge between the modern abstract art and the old tradition of the Hawaiian culture.
For sculptures, objects and even for my functional ceramics, I work directly with clay, wood, or other materials without a model.
When my work can touch the core of people’s heart and make them connect to the beauty of their own soul, it is a beautiful way to communicate with someone and share my inner experiences.
Former Education and Work experience
After multiple educational paths, such as Business School, Sports Coach, Holistic Coach and Teacher (Humanistic Psychology; Sports Psychology; Mental Training; Communication; Breathing-, Body- and Relaxation work; Meditation; Art Therapy; Spiritual Healing etc.) I have worked as a Holistic Life Coach for over 30 years. All the while I have worked as a visual artist.
2018/2019: Open Studio, Maui, Hawaii
2012/2013: Gallery "ArtRachana", Zurich, Switzerland
2011: Kronen Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
2010: Gallery „Atelier 497“, Zurich, Switzerland
2019: Maui Open Stuido Event, Sacred Garden, Maui, Hawaii
2019: Hui No’eau Visual Art Center, Annual Juried Exhibition, Maui, Hawaii
2018: ART MAUI 2018, Schaefer International Gallery, MACC, Juried Exhibition, Maui, Hawaii
2018: Open Studio Event, Maui, Hawaii
2017/18: University of Hawaii, Student Art Exhibition, Maui, Hawaii
2015: ArteVita, Kulturhaus Rosengarten, Gruesch, Switzerland
2014: Seminarhotel Kientalerhof, Kiental, Switzerland
2014: "Die Jurierte 14", Hoechhuus Kusnacht ZH, Switzerland
2014: 25 Jahre Artischock, HesliHalle Kusnacht ZH, Switzerland
2013: "Lange Paare", Villa Meier, Dufourplatz, Zollikon ZH, Switzerland
2013: Spirituelle Kunst, Landhaussaal, Solothurn, Switzerland
2013: Power of Earth, Olma Halle, St.Gallen, Switzerland
2012: California Sculptors Symposium, Gambria, USA
2011: Oxyd Kunstraeume, Winterthur, Switzerland
2010: Kulturschuer Zurich, Switzerland
2009: Kunstsalon Zurich, Switzerland
2008: Malwerkstadt Chur, Switzerland
2007: Grube Louise, Westerwald, Germany
Private exhibitions Switzerland
2017/2018: University of Hawaii, Maui, Hawaii (Ceramics – J.Owen, R.Willcox)
2017: Fiber Art (L.Raymond-Schattenburg)
2016: University of Hawaii, Maui, Hawaii (Ceramics - John Gill)
2016: Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center, Maui, Hawaii (Handbuilding Stoneware Clay – J.Froberg/B. Flint)
2016: University of Hawaii, Maui (Bamboo crafts)
2012-2014: Margrit Leuthold, Wegenstetten, Switzerland (wooden sculptures)
2012: California Sculptors Symposium, Gambria, USA (1st prize wooden sculptures)
2011: Ada Hauser-Koller, Steg, Switzerland (wooden sculptures)
2011: Alexander Jeanmaire, Zürich, Switzerland (complementary painting)
2010-2012: Judith Schröter, Oetwil, Switzerland (stone sculptures, modeling)
2010: Sabine Herrmann, Berlin, Germany (acrylic/gouache painting)
1999: Linda Graedel, Flims, Switzerland (people drawing)
1999: Ulrich Lipp, Westerwald, Germany (meditative acrylic painting)
1998: Meera, Pune, India (experimental painting)
1988: Color dialog API, Zurich, Switzerland (Art Therapy)
1983: Emily Carr University of Art, Vancouver, Canada (painting)
Self-taught artist since my youth in painting, sculpture, interior design
Study visits in USA, Canada, India, South Africa, Morocco, Lanzarote, Hawaii