Born in Romania, Syona (a.k.a. Simona Dan) originally pursued a brilliant career as a contemporary dance choreographer. Graduate of the Romanian University of Science and Arts (Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts, major in Choreography and minor in Scenography), Simona run for over a decade workshops on self-awareness, self-exploration and recovery of inner potential through movement. In 2010, Simona developed the "Inside-Outside" Movement and Dance Awareness Technique, which she presented at the Non-Formal Education Laboratory, under Aegis of the Romanian Agency for Community Programs in the field of Education and Vocational Training. Simona used techniques and elements of self-awareness, introspection through dance, defining the space in which bodily forms become words, generating authentic and deep messages from the inside to the outside...
Settled in the UK, Simona started painting in 2018, upon a "call received in her heart" - as she likes to say - thus, "Syona" being born...
Therefore, Simona's passion for choreography was beautifully and organically transposed by Syona in colour, texture and flow.
As a multi-disciplinary artist, with a background in scenography and choreography, I position myself in the world of abstract expressionist art and work mainly with acrylic as a medium. Its versatility makes possible both solid 3-D layers and fluid aquatic forms. I am particularly fond of textures and the superposition of layers. In order to bring vibrance to my paintings, I like to mix acrylic with other mediums, such as gold leaf, maché or even gravel, since the mixture of those elements creates magnificent and original effects.
Through my abstract art, I explore the boundaries between the known and unknown, tending to dissolve the gap between observers and the object observed, in a space where useless questions leave us with the search for truth, in a moment of stillness.
Every time my brush touches the canvas, I am making a mark. It is a fundamental element in making any type of art and it’s how I begin to express emotion, movement, and other concepts I wish to convey in an artwork. It becomes possible, then, not simply to paint something, but to create something. To create and re-create myself. That is the miracle. That is the very reason I paint.