Swirling plants, a rainbow tiger, well-dressed jesters and kittens reaching towards the moon—the fluorescently colored artwork of SylviAnn Murray certainly gives viewers a lot to look at! Her gorgeous pieces are as trippy and surreal as they are well executed and masterfully hued. They convey an instant feeling of cheerfulness in the beautiful colors followed by a sense of deeper meanings hiding in plain sight.
SylviAnn Murray is an Austin, Texas, based artist who leads art groups. SylviAnn describes her psychedelic variety of work as “Surreal-Expressive.” Prior to the emergence of this style—which began in 1990—SylviAnn primarily created realistic drawings and paintings of animals and people. “I started experimenting with universal symbols and using art to express emotions in the summer of 1990,” SylviAnn states in her biography. “I realized that I could use my art to heal myself in a way that ‘talk therapy’ could not. I became immersed in the creative process as memories surfaced and conflicts emerged in my art.”
SylviAnn strongly believes in the healing power of art and feels happiest when she is creating. A prolific artist, SylviAnn prides herself on the ability to create unique worlds and have fun via creating. Currently, SylviAnn’s mission is to share her art and inspire others to “get their ART out.” A teacher of private art classes, SylviAnn hopes to one day open a free art school for youths. Additionally, SylviAnn is the author of a book titled “The Diagnosis Should Have Been ARTIST” about her experiences as a creative person with bipolar disorder. The book contains 20 color artworks along with original poetry.
To learn more about SylviAnn Murray visit her official website, Twitter and Facebook. Additionally, an interview with her can be found on Youtube.