A journey of a flamenco dancer turned visual artist....

Liana Vargas (BVA)

Painting at her home studio

Painting at her home studio

Liana started her creative career as a Flamenco dancer performing, as a soloist, throughout Europe and Central America on some of the worlds most illustrious stages.  After moving back to Australia she moved into the area of visual art, in particular ‘Drawing & Painting’ and enrolled full-time in a Visual Arts Degree.

Not long after graduating from the Adelaide Central school of Art in 2012 Liana was awarded a Winter Artists Residency at the Scuola Internazionale de Grafica in Venice 2014 which she followed up with a sell-out exhibition of her ink works that explored ideas around Elegant Decay.

2015 was a busy year where Liana presented her first solo exhibition at the Hahndorf Academy for SALA on the moving body and human proportions through large scale action drawing. This was accompanied by a series of ink works - accidental paintings inspired by Rorschachs Personality Tests.

During 2016 Liana dedicated her time to establishing her popular workshop series based on techniques and methods of major artists of the Historical Avant-garde which she presents at Duthy Street Art Room.

Currently Liana is preparing for her next solo SALA exhibition which will be at Birtsos Legal, Kensington. Opening 6.30 Friday 11th August 2017.



2017              Painting Instructor at Duthy Street Art Supplies, Unley

2016              Founder Liana Vargas Art Tuition in visual art (drawing and painting), Littlehampton

2016 - 2017   One-Day Painting Workshops on Artists and Art of the Avant-Garde at Duthy Street Art Supplies, Unley

2015              Founding Director Starving Artist Studio/Gallery, Hahndorf

Visual Art Education

2009-2012     Bachelor Visual Art, Adelaide Central School of Art

Artist Residency / 'Research and Development'

2014-15         Resident Artist at the Gallery at The Barn, Aldgate

2014              Art Residency Award Scuola Internationale di Grafica, Venice, Jan - Feb.

2013              New York City, April


2015               Hahndorf Academy, Solo Exhibition "Line of Enquiry", August, SALA

2014               The Venetians, Red Opus Art Space, SALA (group exhibition)

2014               Venice - Elegant Decay; Invited to 'replenish and extend exhibition, June, July

2014               VENICE - Elegant Decay, Rising Sun, Kensington, May

2014               Artists Voice Group Exhibition, Hahndorf Academy, Adelaide Fringe

2013               Loreto Spring Art Fair

2013               Artists Voice Group Exhibition, Hahndorf Academy, SALA

2012               In Good Company, Graduate Exhibition Adelaide Central School of Art

2011               Art After Sala, Red Cross Gallery, Rundle St

2011               Espiritu 2, Rising Sun Inn, Kensington/Norwood

2011               Espiritu, Adelaide Fringe, Bakehouse Theatre, Adelaide

2010               Heysen Festival, demonstration

2009              SALA, Open Artist Studio, Aldgate

2008              Flamenco Collection, Willunga Homestead


2016               Instructor and guest workshop presenter with Splashout Art Studio, Brighton

2015               Founding Director/Instructor at the Starving Artist Studio, Hahndorf

2014               Resident Art Instructor at The Barn Gallery and Studios, Aldgate

2013-15         Youth Art Program, Hahndorf Academy 

2012               Stirling Art on the Green, Youth Art Tuition, Stirling

2011               Delight of Being, Community Art Barn, Aldgate

2009-12         Home Studio, private and group classes, Aldgate

2008-10         Weaverworks Art Emporium, Mount Barker