Visual artist Liana Acuña Bozzo, or Lili, moved to Burleigh Heads from Chile with her husband with few expectations, only to find her local art movement more inspiring than she could have hoped.

Lili says she connected with Burleigh on a deeper level, more so than the other places she had visited in her travels. “After being immersed in a journey in different parts of the world, which lasted eight years, we decided to stay in Burleigh and connect with everything that this place has to offer us. I really marvel at the flora and fauna of the place, walking through the national park and watching the sea from above with the dolphins jumping, swimming in the canal or playing in the sea, watching the birds fly. Simply put, it connects me with the wonder of creation.”

Lili’s passion for the arts grew slowly as a child, fostering a like for drawing and painting into a fully-fledged love for discovery. “I discovered that the arts are a powerful tool that plants seeds in our inner self, seeds that reconnect us with our essence, with a magical language that does not use words (like the language of love).”

Lili believes in the transforming power of art, recently showing at popular events Woodford Folk Festival and The Planting Festival. Studying fine arts at home in Chile, she has dedicated herself to the art form since 2003, participating in classes, painting canvases, walls, clothes, and even human bodies. She describes painting as a way to connect with herself on a deeper level, a moment to listen to her inner dialogue. “At the same time it is a bridge to the other person, a powerful tool to dialogue with society, and connect with what is important, with what needs to be said, with what needs to be shared. It is my way of delivering love to the world, of remembering that we are children of the Earth and to create a better place to live.”

Born and raised in Chile, Lili is still connected to her roots in Latin America, feeling the heart beat of the land. She quotes Aboriginal cultures Selk’nam people of Tierra del Fuego (Patagonia) the Mapuche people from what is today Chile and Argentina, and the Ashaninka people from the Peruvian Amazon as inspirations for her work. She recently studied the traditional medicine of the Amazon, connecting with a new inspiration and appreciation of expression. She says the learnings offered her “an integral understanding of the human body and how to restore our delicate balance. This path has influenced my work, my vision, my way of dealing with colour and the messages I bring as a gift”.

Looking to the future, Lili says “the future of my art is a key to the mystery, a key that will continue to open all the hearts of the world”.

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