San Francisco VA Health Care System
Veteran's Oil Paintings Displayed in Paris
Two oil paintings by San Francisco artist and Air Force Veteran, Uriél Dana, will soon be featured in a group show in the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris.
Uriél is a patient at the San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC) and also happens to be diagnosed with service-connected PTSD.
“I’ve been painting for 30 years,” says Uriél. “So many Veterans are traumatized right now, and art is very healing. Creativity can help Veterans with PTSD get through the hard times. Creating art can help Veterans stay grounded.”
“I’ve been impressed with how the San Francisco VA Health Care System has stayed on the cutting edge of treatment to provide excellent health care to Veterans. I especially appreciate the Women’s Health Center at the SFVAMC,” says Uriél.
Uriél works in her 3,000 square foot art studio in Oakland. Her paintings take 4 – 6 weeks to create and complete.
Uriél used her GI Bill to study color and design at the Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design for two years in San Francisco. After years as Head of the Interior Architecture Division of a multinational firm, she decided to use the remainder of her GI Bill to study Museum Management and Sculpture at the College of Marin in San Anselmo.
Uriél met many well-known Bay Area artists while curating monthly exhibits; studied sculpture with the man who became head of the Lucas Film Sculptural Effects Department; began a 5 year painting apprenticeship with legendary oil painter Gage Taylor; and established gallery representation in Marin County, Beverly Hills, and in the Hawaiian Islands.
The international art fair, which will be held on October 24 and 25 in Paris, will feature two of Uriél’s oil paintings, Birds of a Feather and The Corpse Revivor. She will also be featured in the Louvre’s catalogue of Modern Art Masters. “My husband and I have traveled to Paris 18 times, and I am excited to have two of my works selected to be included in the Carrousel du Louvre,” says Uriél.
Uriél has been honored for her work as a fine artist, writer, and lecturer for more than three decades. Her oils, gouache, and lost wax bronze work have been shown in 12 countries on 4 continents.
“Good art is about being authentic to who you are,” says Uriél. Her oil paintings and drawings are included in dozens of private, corporate, and celebrity art collections. She is a former U.S. State Department Ambassador to the Arts under the former Arts America Program. She is a member of the Portrait Painters of America and her current work is inspired by San Francisco’s nouveau cirque culture.
Check out her website here.