Juliana Naufel

Juliana Naufel contemporary embroidery art

Juliana Naufel Bio

Juliana Naufel is a Brazilian-based artist who uses affection as her primary subject. Her artworks are strongly influenced by the healing aspect of embroidering photographs as a way of making amends with the past. Naufel’s artworks are in a number of private collections around the world, including The Wonders of Women Museum, USA, and The Kanyer Art Collection, USA. She has participated in artist residencies in Brazil and exhibited in Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom, and United States. Most often the themes were related to art & feminism or concepts of time & memory. Her work is featured in All SHE Makes Magazine, CandyFloss Magazine, Art + Type Magazine, ArtPremium, as well as in several art magazines from all over the world. Naufel is one of the longlisted artists of Women United Art Prize 2021, and has received 3rd Place at the SeeingWomen 2020 Awards, by Photos de Femmes, France. Naufel earned her MA Degree in Art Therapy from Universidade Cândido Mendes and her BA in Visual Arts from São Paulo’s State University. In February of 2020, Naufel Co-Founded Photo Trouvée Magazine - a digital art publication that showcases contemporary artists who use found photographs as a medium in their works.

Artist Statement

Naufel’s work invites us to become aware of different realities and support each other as women. She uses her passion for life to inspire powerful messages that she exposes through her vibrant embroidered photographs. The compositions are visual healing poems, created sometimes with a simplified color palette, that aim to show as much as possible with as little as possible, and other times with a bolder color scheme, creating a new version of the world — one sprinkled in color, spontaneity, and joy. Her work reminds us to prioritize the things in life that bring us hope and peace and with every stitch that she makes, Juliana wants to share her experience with us and encourage our cognizance of the little things in life that make us unique. Her work truly comes to life with intimacy and care, as we can all reflect on the themes of nostalgia, identity, and connection. Juliana’s passion for witty storytelling allows her to transform long-forgotten moments into a whimsical art piece. The magic behind Naufel’s artistic practice is that the artworks are irreversible small gestures of love. They have the ability to make amends with the past and free us, bringing love to our deepest core.

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