ARTIST FOR THE AMAZON
“It’s a critical piece of the Earth, like an arm or a leg is to a human. If you damage or take that piece away, you disable the person—you disable the Earth. So we all need to do all we can to take care of our planet before it’s too late and we can’t fix what we broke. Also the Amazon has animals that live only there, so if we destroy the rainforest they will go extinct. And we won’t be able to have the fruits, plants, herbs, and chocolate that come from the rainforest.”
About Aria Luna
Aria Luna is one of the world’s youngest exhibiting artists and a changemaker who uses the power of her art to raise public awareness of and support for issues impacting local and global communities. Her work has been exhibited internationally, sold to private collectors in the United States, and has raised funds for such causes as art programs, ocean conservation, ecotourism, and wildfire relief.
Aria Luna‘s first public exhibit was Dragon Storm, a modular 8 x 9-foot mural depicting an epic dragon battle that helped raise funds for Latino communities impacted by the October 2017 wildfires in Santa Rosa, California. Her debut solo exhibit was Fusion Tide, an interactive 7-piece installation that addresses plastic pollution of the oceans. It opened at Google headquarters in July 2018, moved on to YouTube, the International Ocean Film Festival, the City of Mountain View’s 2019 Earth Day event, the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, and finally to the Consulate of Colombia in San Francisco. She is currently working on AMAZONAS, an exhibit celebrating the rich biodiversity of the Amazon.
Most recently, Aria Luna was featured on ABC 7 News, Telemundo, NBC’s “California Live” and in the Cartoon Network’s “Drawn to… Action” segment in the Hispanic Heritage Month series. In June 2020, she participated in two World Oceans Day events (co-sponsored by Ko Olina in Hawai’i and Ocean Future Fund in Australia). Aquarium of the Bay (San Francisco) selected her as one of 30 artists to paint a 6-ft fiberglass sea lion statue for the 2020 “Sea Lions in San Francisco” public art exhibit; it is currently on display at Pier 39. In 2019, she was among the artists selected by the Sierra Club for its national “Art and the Green New Deal” initiative. She has been exhibited at galleries and studios in California, New York, France, and Colombia. Her work has also garnered other honors, including First Place (5th grade category) in the Wyland National Art Challenge 2020; First Place in the 2020 IMMP x Klean Kanteen Orca Art Challenge hosted by the International Marine Mammal Project (youth category); First Place in a 2018 youth art competition sponsored by the California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife; and Sixth Place in her age category in a 2020 art contest sponsored by the Centre pour l’UNESCO Louis François in France.
Aria Luna is a member of the International Association of Art / USA, Circle Foundation for the Arts, and the International Association of Visual Artists (IAVA). In 2020, she was invited to serve as the youngest “Artist for Air” for Tomorrow’s Air, an international collective for carbon removal with permanent storage.
When she’s not drawing or painting, Aria Luna loves to practice archery, rollerblade, swim, and play the piano. She also enjoys bird watching and saving bees in swimming pools. She lives in Northern California with her family. Visit her online at www.arialuna.com or on Instagram at @aria.luna.art.