Born and raised in San Diego, CA, Lana grew up among paints and pencils. Once she realized this was her passion, she obtained a bachelors degree in the Fine Arts with an emphasis in painting and printmaking from Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA.
Having always been fascinated by the human form, she is constantly exploring the figure in her work. Primarily using in oil paints, she often works in black and white to emphasize light and shadow within the human body. In her series, "Muse", she simplifies the body to line work while still capturing the gesture of the form.
Her latest work delves into a much more conceptual or experimental style. "The Bone Series" began as an exploration of anatomical drawings which then evolved into actual bones being used as the primary medium. Each piece combines elements of geometric shapes, forms and color palettes found in nature in order to illustrate concepts of life and death simultaneously. The series aims to serve as a reminder of the density of life we are constantly surrounded by as well as its cyclical nature on both macro and micro levels. By reconstructing the bones within a frame, Lana asks the viewer to explore the figure's relationship to bones that create it and the universe it which it resides.
In her most current works, she reinterprets the traditional technique of olinala - a style of Mexican lacquerware painting known for its bright colors and decorative floral patterns. She combines literal “translations” of this floral imagery as realistic renderings of flora native to Central and South America with her own motifs of the olinala style.
While working in many facets of the creative world, she continues to explore within her own artwork through painting, printmaking, photography, modeling and creative design.
Academy of Art University, Bachelor of Fine Arts
Intro to Oils, Little Paper Planes
Botanical Watercolors, WorkshopSF
Cyanotype Printing, WorkshopSF
"Delicious", Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2018
"10 Years in Wonderland", 111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2018
"Entre Suenos", Wonderland Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2018
100 by 100 Group Art Show, Fleetwood SF Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2017
Chillin' Productions Art Show, 111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2017
Solo Show, Contraband, San Francisco, CA 2017
"Lucha Libre", Wonderland Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2016
"Frida Tribute", Wonderland Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2016
"Vinyl Record", Wonderland Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2015
“BODIES” Art Exhibition, Wonderland Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2015
“Light and Shadows” SubLevel Art Show, SugarCafe Bar and Lounge, San Francisco, CA 2014
“Bio Collective”, 518 Valencia Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2014
“SKIN”, Studio17 Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2014
Academy of Art University Spring Show, San Francisco, CA 2014
Academy of Art University Spring Show, Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA 2013