2019, Acrylic, hand made papers, mix media on canvas, 20 x 24 in.
Hollyana Melear is a native born Austinite raised by a family of artists, sculptors, and musicians. Her professional career has included art and artifact restoration and volunteer conservation support with the University of Texas, Visual Art Instruction, gallery management, and her own artistic pursuits. Hollyana's surrealistic and expressionistic style, blended with ancient and modern symbolism, has appealed to audiences for commission works, solo and group exhibitions. Her series have included serious commentaries on political topics, modern iconic imagery, and whimsical illustrative works.
Hollyana has explored a wide variety of media ranging from watercolor and pastel to acrylic and collage. She received her Master's Degree at St. Edward's University, finalizing her thesis on ancient art and texts, in Cairo at the Egyptian Museum. Her studies have enabled her to explore the world of iconography and the creation of ancient images in modern form. By using art as a universal language and as a vehicle to blend culture, spirituality, time and imagery, Hollyana creates a dialogue about the connection of humanity across the globe.
Her current series, The Great Divide, stresses the political landscape in the United States, including issues on the #METOO movement and immigration policy on the border of Mexico.