Aria Luna is one of the world’s youngest exhibiting artists (age 9) and a changemaker who uses the power of her art to raise public awareness of and support for issues impacting local and global communities. Her work has been exhibited internationally, sold to private collectors in the United States, and has raised funds for such causes as art programs, ocean conservation, and wildfire relief. Bold, whimsical, and unencumbered by traditional expectations of style or technique, Aria Luna’s artistic expression runs the spectrum of color palette and media. Her works blend watercolor, acrylics and oil pastels with india inks and mixed materials; her art evokes the rich, colorful world that children see, imbued with fantasy—the impossible and dreamed made real.
Aria Luna has studied masters such as Picasso, Matisse, Modigliani, and Van Gogh, whose styles naturally mesh with her own innate expression. Her first public exhibit was Dragon Storm, a modular mural depicting an epic dragon battle. The eight-by-nine-foot installation was launched at a group exhibit at the Cubberley Community Center in Palo Alto and raised funds for Latino communities impacted by the October 2017 wildfires in Santa Rosa, California. Her debut solo exhibit is Fusion Tide, an interactive 7-piece installation that addresses plastic pollution of the oceans. It was first displayed at Google headquarters in Mountain View, California (July 2018 – February 2019), and subsequently moved to the 2019 International Ocean Film Festival in San Francisco, the City of Mountain View’s inaugural Earth Day event, the Consulate of Colombia, and the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. One of the characters in Fusion Tide, Fynn the Sea Dragon, participated in the first March for the Oceans in Washington, DC in 2018, then the Rise for Climate march in San Francisco later that fall, and a number of school climate strikes in 2019.
Most recently, Aria Luna was selected by the Aquarium of the Bay as one of 30 artists to paint a 6-ft fiberglass sea lion statue as part of the “Sea Lions in San Francisco” public art exhibit, scheduled to run throughout 2020. Her work has also garnered other honors, including First Place in her age category in the 2018 California Invasive Species Action Week youth art competition, sponsored by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. She is a member of the International Association of Visual Artists and the International Association of Art / USA. She is currently working on her first gallery exhibit, titled AMAZONAS, celebrating and raising awareness for the rich biodiversity of the Amazon. The exhibit is scheduled for Spring 2020.
When she’s not drawing or painting, Aria Luna loves to rollerblade, swim, and play the piano. She also enjoys bird watching and saving bees in swimming pools. She lives in Northern California with her family. Visit her online at www.arialuna.com or on Instagram at @aria.luna.art.
Artist Statement I don't think it's right that people suffer or can't get the right kinds of opportunities based on the color of their skin, or where they come from,...