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Artist Interview Series: Rae Vena and live painting


Rae Vena is a visual artist and live performance painter of visionary pop surrealism. Self-taught, Rae knew art was her calling in life and decided just to get out there and start creating live paintings in public.


Rae Vena painting a colourful painting outdoors in her mint green outfit.
Rae Vena live painting one of her pieces outdoors.

“It was a feeling,” Rae says. “This is what you’re supposed to do. It just kicked in and so I followed my own needs.”


Rae uses both acrylic and oil paints and shares a radiant paint palette across each canvas, ranging from pastel neon to dark metallic rainbow.



Rae Vena holding up her two pieces "Angle" and "Balance" outdoors
"Angle" and "Balance" live prints after a living painting.

Inspiration

Rae’s art is an expression of her healing journey through life.


“Self care is a part of my art form, taking care of my mind, body and soul to reach a space of clarity. So when I'm painting, creating my work, it comes straight from my source of energy, unobstructed.”


“I focus on positive themes,” she adds. “That's how I heal myself, and possibly reach others who can relate. I believe my story is relevant to others, and to hear other peoples’ stories is humbling, that we all share a soul journey.”





Themes

Rae Vena holding up her piece "Soul Song" outdoors in her orange top and green skirt.
Presenting "Soul Song".

Each year, Rae works with a new theme, branching out into new destinations. This year's theme is titled ‘Together Again’, focusing on the reunion of society coming back together and experiencing each other after the pandemic.


Last year's theme, ’Rainbow Renaissance’, celebrated the joy of life through colour. It features vivid colours in intricate and playful paintings.


“I feel my art gives an opportunity to experience each moment as it is. I want people to have some kind of renaissance, whether it's in their heart or their mind or with who they are or how they relate with others.”



Rae Vena smiling at the camera in her red top while painting one of her pieces outdoors
Always time for photos during her live painting sessions.