Born in Buenos Aires and raised in South America by an adventurous mother and father (from Barcelona and Seattle), Ariana’s art was influenced at an early age by the colorful cultures of Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, and Brazil. Her desire to make a difference led her to take on the role of Project Manager for Overseas Missions. She actively participated in programs ranging from laughter therapy in the children’s cancer and severe burn-trauma hospital rooms, to developing awareness and group activities for the visually impaired. She also designed and coordinated innovative and educational interactive platforms for young girls who had suffered abuse.
Ariana took her passion for contributing on a journey to San Diego, where she worked for the non-profit Family Care Foundation and became involved with tsunami relief and rebuilding. She also volunteered in Puerto Rico for a year, where she worked in low-income communities. Ariana currently resides in Naperville, IL, working as a freelance artist, writer, and Off-Site Exhibit Coordinator for the Naperville Art League. Her vast travels and experiences have shaped her artistic expression, and she now utilizes art as a medium to create awareness and inspire change.
Ariana is a Certified Strategic Intervention Coach and will be graduating in 2020 from Benedictine University with a Bachelor of Arts – Double Major in Media Communications & Writing and Publishing.