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明蓮花

Born in Argentina

Lives and works in Taiwan 

​Marina Burana is a painter and puppeteer. She is also a writer, a barkcloth maker and a facilitator of participatory art projects for different types of communities.

 

Often inspired by literature, memories and the natural world, Marina explores painting as a narrative of longing and remembrance, conjuring an intimate storytelling that extends to the universality of being humans and being intrinsically connected with one another as part of nature. She usually depicts the transient, elderly people and flowers in a desperate attempt at recovering something that she feels has been lost or is being lost forever. Memory, fragile and delusive, plays a big part in her process. Its fragility and capriciousness is somehow mirrored in the use of breakable, weak surfaces such as cardboard or paper to paint on.

 

She has exhibited in public and commercial galleries in the US, UK, Taiwan, Spain, Argentina, Mexico and Italy and in museums such as Tamsui Historical Museum in Taipei and in the Museum of the City of Móstoles, in Madrid. As a writer, Marina mainly focuses on writing fiction in English and in Spanish. She has published three books of short stories and her poems, works of fiction and nonfiction appear in various anthologies, journals and magazines. Her plays have had stage readings and full productions in the US, UK, Argentina, Uruguay, Canada, Peru, Portugal and Taiwan. 

​EDUCATION

2014-2018 B.F.A. (focus on painting) - Taipei National University of the Arts

2013 Drawing & Painting - The Art Students League of New York 

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SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2021 A drop of Water, Tamsui Historical Museum 淡水古蹟博物館. Taipei, TAIWAN.

2019 Walk Toucheng, Have a seat 找地方坐, August. Taipei, TAIWAN. 

2018 Rhapsody on a Windy Night, SLY art space 新樂園藝術空間. Taipei, TAIWAN. 

2018 African Tales, NOW art Space 鬧空間. Taipei, TAIWAN. 

2017 Narratives: Painting's Encounter with Literature, TNUA, Taipei, TAIWAN. 

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GROUP EXHIBITIONS (selected)​

2022 The Painting Center: Benefit 2022-2023, New York, USA. 

2022 緩緩的生活 Slow Life, Ming Shan Art Gallery, Hsinchu, TAIWAN.

2022 Global Women’s Art Festival, National Taitung Living Art Museum, Taitung TAIWAN. 

2022 Toucheng Art Festival, Goldfish Studio. Yilan, TAIWAN.

2022 Women's day, Menduiña Schneider Art Gallery. Los Angeles, USA. 

2021 The Painting Center: Benefit 2021, New York, USA. 

2021 Huellas de la Pandemia, Museum of the City of Mostoles, Madrid, SPAIN.

2021 International Salon of Painting, Menduiña Schneider Art Gallery. L.A., USA.

2021 Como raíces las manos, two-person show, Goldfish Studio. Yilan, TAIWAN.

2021 Women's day, Menduiña Schneider Art Gallery. Los Angeles, USA.

2021 Natural Way Six Arts Culture Center 道禾六藝文化館. Taichung, TAIWAN.

2020 Configured Personas, Alfa Art Gallery. New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA.

2020 Multidisciplinary Salon, Menduiña Schneider Art Gallery. Los Angeles, USA.

2020 Toucheng Art Festival, Goldfish Studio. Yilan, TAIWAN.

2020 Ensemble: Together Again, The Painting Center. New York, USA.

2020 Bold night, In Oasis. Tainan, TAIWAN.

2019 September Art Walk, Menduiña Schneider Art Gallery. Los Angeles, USA.

2019 August Art Walk, Menduiña Schneider Art Gallery. Los Angeles, USA. 

2019 International Salon of Painting, Menduiña Schneider Art Gallery. L.A., USA. 

2018 Another White Moon, MAJI 集食行樂. Taipei, TAIWAN. 

2018 Graduation Exhibition, TNUA. Taipei, TAIWAN.

2016 Undergraduate group show, TNUA. Taipei, TAIWAN. 

2016 International Salon of Painting, Menduiña Schneider Art Gallery. L.A., USA. 

2016 Art for Non Violence, Cirque Gallery. Mérida, Yucatán, MEXICO. 

2015 Art for Non Violence, Hellada Art Center. Los Angeles, California. USA.

2015 Art for Non Violence, Pop Secret Gallery. Los Angeles, USA.

2015 Punto Diablos Project, Juming Museum 朱銘美術館. Taipei, TAIWAN.

2014 Human Rights, Guildhall, Launceston, Cornwall. UK.

2014 Human Rights, San Valentino Torio, Palazzo Formosa/Castello Doria. ITALY.

2014 Human Rights. Viedma, Villa Regina, General Roca, Rio Negro, ARGENTINA.

2014 Human Rights at Aguafuerte Gallery. Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA.

​AFFILIATIONS​

The Painting Center, New York

https://www.thepaintingcenter.org/marina-burana

PUBLICATIONS (visual arts)

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2022 October Hill Magazine, Winter Issue, USA. 

2022 The museum of americana, Issue 26, USA. 

2022 Spry Literary Journal, issue 13. USA.  

2019 APÉRO Art Catalogue, August Issue. California, USA.

2014 Poetry book ''I said love'' (cover) by Dominican poet Cristino Alberto Gómez.

2014 Indiana University Northwest's magazine "Spirits". September issue. USA.

2014 ESTO NO ES UNA REVISTA magazine, issue 31. Buenos Aires, Argentina.

2014 Similar Peaks journal. January. USA.

2014 ESTO NO ES UNA REVISTA. January. Buenos Aires, Argentina.

2014 The Studio Project. LINEA magazine. January. New York, USA.

2014 Straylight Literary Arts Magazine. Winsconsin, USA.

2014 Drafthorse journal. Harrogate, Tennessee, USA.

2013 The Brooklyn Voice. August issue. USA.

2013 Pretzelmouse Magazine. August issue. USA.

​AWARDS 

2022 Bronze Award, Still Life International Juried Painting Exhibition, Camelback Gallery, USA.

2022 Menduiña Schneider Art Gallery, Los Angeles (Finalist)

2021 Villa de Móstoles Painting Award, Madrid, Spain (Finalist)

2021 "A drop of Water", solo show selected to be part of Tamsui Historical Museum annual exhibition program, Taiwan.

2021 Museum of Contemporary Art in Buenos Aires, Galicia Online Banking (Winner) 

2019 International Salon, Menduiña Schneider Art Gallery, Los Angeles (Finalist)  

2018 Emerging Artist Award, Alvarado Art Gallery, Argentina (Winner)

COLLECTIONS 

Museum of the City of Mostoles, Madrid, Spain. 

Private collections in Taiwan, Australia, Argentina, USA and Italy.