Born in Romania in 1967, Simona Dan originally pursued a brilliant career as a contemporary dance choreographer. Graduate of the Romanian University of Science and Arts (Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts, major in Choreography and minor in Scenography), Simona run for over a decade workshops on self-awareness, self-exploration, and recovery of inner potential through movement. In 2010, Simona developed the "Inside-Outside" Movement and Dance Awareness Technique, which she presented at the Non-Formal Education Laboratory, under Aegis of the Romanian Agency for Community Programs in the field of Education and Vocational Training. Simona used techniques and elements of self-awareness, introspection through dance, defining the space in which bodily forms become words, generating authentic and deep messages from the inside to the outside...
Settled in the UK, Simona started painting in 2018, upon a "call received in her heart" - as she likes to say - this, "Syona" being born...
Simona's passion for choreography was thus beautifully transposed by Syona in colour, texture, and fluidity.
Today, with confidence, Syona discovers the world of abstract art and positions herself in a natural way. She is particularly fond of textures and the superposition of layers of colors. The large-format inspires her. Syona mainly uses acrylic as a medium, known for its versatility, its composition making possible both almost solid 3-D structures, and fluid forms, almost aquatic. The quick-drying allows faster color superposition. Syona uses both brush and spatula as tools of choice for her paintings. She likes to use paint and gold leaf, to bring vibrancy to her paintings, since the mixture of the two mediums creates magnificent and original effects.
In 2019, Syona was invited by the Society of Women Artists (SWA) to participate with 6 of her artworks at the Mall Galleries collective exhibition, in London, while 4 other artworks were selected to participate in the annual exhibition of the Pinacotheca of Luxemburg, as part of the 2020 edition of the Emerging Artist of the Year International Award "Luxemburg Art Prize".
Between 3rd and 9th February 2020, Syona will have her first solo exhibition at the “Au Fond Du Bois” Gallery in Tervuren, Blegium.