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ART LILIANa


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 show them ways to connect back to their unique being and self-love.

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 Maui Language Institute (MLI) to improve my English. From 2016 until 2019 I studied at University of Hawaii Maui College, focusing on 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 continue to educate myself with Hawaiian Kumus (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 into my abstract art. The old Hawaiian tradition of making Kapa is the basic of my paintings. It begins with the harvest of the bark and continues through the whole process of beating to get a fine kappa; then I go one step further, expand it and change the form of the bark 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 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.

 

Exhibitions

Solo exhibitions

  • 2018/2019: Open Studio, Maui, Hawaii

  • 2012/2013: Gallery "ArtRachana", Zurich, Switzerland

  • 2011: Kronen Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland

  • 2010: Gallery „Atelier 497“, Zurich, Switzerland

Group exhibitions

  • 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

 

Art Education

  • 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