My name is Juna Biagioni, I’m a mixed media artist & online art teacher, and I live in the beautiful heart of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Art is my biggest passion! I love to help people discover their own creativity and become more confident in making art. As a little girl I loved being creative, making music, drawing and writing stories.
Later my focus shifted towards my education. I studied at university and received a master’s degree in Translation Studies (cum laude) and a master’s degree in Dutch Private Law. I set up my private translation business and worked as a translator for ten years.
However, when I was coming to the end of my thirties, I really began to miss a creative aspect in my life. I felt so much creative energy bubbling inside me, but I didn’t know how to express it. So I started to take online art classes, make art, and rediscovered my creative source. It was the beginning of a new and exciting journey into creating and teaching art.
In my art I use mixed media techniques and materials such as acrylic paint, soft pastel, charcoal, oil paint sticks, oil pastels, colored pencil, collage and much more. Sometimes my work is quite abstract, other times it’s more figurative and surrealistic.
My main focuses are mixed media, art journaling and monoprinting, but currently I mostly paint and draw faces. I try to capture some kind of ‘soul’ in my work – in an unpolished way. Soul can be soft, tender, and beautiful, but also difficult or raw. I hear from people that they are touched by my work, that they sometimes find peace in it, or that they read all kinds of stories in it. That’s what makes me happy.
Making art is an exciting journey. Not knowing what the next move will be and where it will take me. It teaches me to trust, to dare to let go and make bold moves, and to step out of my own way and just follow the process.
Making art is very important in my life. I practice self-inquiry as a spiritual path, focusing on learning to be present in the moment, to discern and be able to stay with anything I am experiencing, because it’s the only truth there really is.
And making art is a great way to bring this in practice. It’s wonderful to just be in the creative flow, totally focused on the art that’s being created and nothing else, feeling sometimes very serene and meditative, other times frustrated and with a lot of inner criticism, or very bubbly and alive. It’s always an exciting journey, not knowing what the next move will be and where it will take me. It teaches me to trust, to dare to let go and make bold moves, and to step out of my own way and just follow the process.
Connecting through art
It’s also wonderful to connect with others through my work, to share the stories behind it and to receive people’s comments and reactions. It gives me an opportunity to express parts of myself that otherwise I wouldn’t show as easily. But I also like to leave enough open space in my work to encourage the viewer to create their own story around it.
The most amazing thing that can happen is when I hear from people that my art has touched them in one way or another, because it means that the artwork has a strength of its own, separate from me, which is able to move something in another person. That’s just pure magic.
I want to point to a deeper, mystical reality, raising questions without giving any answers. I like to tickle curiosity and hope that people are touched and see their own deeper meaning into the artwork. The most amazing thing that can happen is when I hear from people that my art has touched them in one way or another, because it means that the artwork has a strength of its own, separate from me, which is able to move something in another person. That’s just pure magic.