‘You are never given a dream without also being given the power to make it true’

Ioana is a visual artist and independent curator living and working in The Netherlands. She has been exposed to art and culture early in life, aiming at first to pursue a career in classical music. Nevertheless she became a scientist, but art has always been a passion and she started to photograph in her twenties. She developed an own view on the world and enrolled later at the Photo Academy in Amsterdam

In her photographic practice she focuses on fine art, still lives with a twist and from time to time on experimental photography and mixing photography with other graphic art styles. She is fascinated by the Dutch Old Masters, early 20th century art movements (Dadaism, Surrealism) and Japanese photography. The artist is working with natural light in a studio which is not far from the Rembrandt House in Amsterdam, with the same light incidence and the rich northern light as the atelier of the beloved Dutch Master…

Other projects that take more and more her time and attention are documentary series about the interaction between Humankind and the rest of Nature. She aims to raise awareness around the questionable belief of having achieved a higher level of civilization in the current world compared to the rich indigenous cultures and to promote more humbleness and less superficiality. The artist also believes that art should touch more upon speciesism and the way we humans have reduced the other beings on Earth to a life of slaves instead of living in harmony with each other

Alongside her photography practice Ioana is also an independent curator, combining the experience from different curatorial projects over the past years with the strong organizational skills that she developed during an (international) career in a non-artistic field. She graduated from an International Curatorial Program in Berlin, aiming to finetune her vision on a progressive way of curating and connecting the dots between art and the strong message that the visual material can convey.