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Ilona's work has been exhibited, sold and featured throughout the United States over the years as well as many private collections and commissions.

Ilona's formal Art studies over the past 20 years have taken her on a journey through Drawing, Painting, Lithography, Stained Glass Design and Construction, Woodworking, Creative Design, 3D Design, Mosaic and Collage, Her unique ability to self-teach, have ALL influenced her art today.

But it was after taking a stone sculpting class while living in San Diego, California, that she knew she had found her passion. The challenge of working with stone has been a profoundly spiritual experience, both personally, and as an artist. Her sculptural subjects range from representational abstract forms, influenced by the human body itself, to the sensuality of organic shapes in nature - forms that just flow from within ...throughout.Her paintings also reflect a love of nature both on land and in the ocean. Visionary art is much like the process of life. It takes first the vision, then patience, trust, love and acceptance of what is, or the TAO to finally complete the art.

"My goal as an artist, is to create art that is not only pleasing to look at, and touch, but that also fills the observer with a sense of the healing energy permeating and surrounding the work, whether it be a painting, a mosaic or a stone sculpture. I have always believed that there is a profound connection between the healing arts and art itself. From the beginning seeds of conception of a work of art, there is a connection to the soul of the artist, his or her pain, love of life and process of healing is conveyed in the final outcome. The process of creating is a process of letting go, and allowing the work to evolve. As we heal, so we create, and through the creation of new life (or art) we also heal."

My mosaics are inspired both by my passion for sculpture and my love of stained glass. Glass is the perfect canvas for light, it increases both the visual and the emotional interpretation of the work. I also enjoy creating stories with my mosaics. I am currently working on a series of mosaic sculptures, both two and three-dimensional representations, on the self.

Mirrored Images, Self Reflection, and Contemplation.

Recent public venues and publications include:

October 1 – January 10, 2009: Artist’s by the Sea Gallery, Cardiff, CA. Exhibition and new gallery opening

November 1, 2008 – January 30, 2009: Art at Bistango Gallery Restaurant, 19100 Von Karman Avenue, Irvine, CA http://www.sparkoc.com/event/detail/440174625

August 1, 2008 – October, 2008: San Diego Fine Arts Society “Outdoor Art Exhibit at Quail Botannical Gardens” Encinitas, CA http://www.sdfas.org/events.html

November 5, 2007 – April 5, 2008: Downtown Mesa Association, Mesa, Arizona. “Sculptures in the Streets” Exhibition of large sculptures. A juried outdoor art exhibition featuring one of a kind art, placed in the historic district of Mesa. www.DowntownMesa.com

November 9-18, 2007: San Diego Sculptor’s Guild Annual Juried exhibit and show. Spanish Village Art Center, Balboa Park, San Diego

May 31-July 29, 2007: “Abstract Dimensions” Juried show featuring artists Ilona Passino and Christopher Britain, at the Palm Desert Community Gallery. Palm Desert, CA

July 14 – August 4th, 2007: “Noah’s Art 2007” Animal-themed Juried Show to benefit the Escondido Humane Society. Escondido Art Association, Escondido, CA

March 26- April 15, 2007: LaJolla Art Association 28th Annual Juried County Awards Show. A show in all media by 63 San Diego Artists. LaJolla Art Association, 7932 Ivanhoe Ave., La Jolla, California.

February 25, 2007: The Outdoor Art Foundation in Association with the Museum Artist Foundation Second Annual Invitational Sculpture Art Show and Sale. Grand Pacific Palisades Resort & Hotel, Carlsbad, Ca.

January 26 - February 27, 2007: 32nd Annual Small Image Juried Show. Spanish Village Art Center, Balboa Park, San Diego. Purchase AwardFor submitted sculpture “Circle of Love”

December 9, 2006: San Diego Sculptors Guild Annual Juried Members Show & Sale. Spanish Village Art Center, Balboa Park, San Diego,CA

November 11 – Dec. 6, 2006 “The Art of War” Juried show to honor our Veterans, presented by the Escondido Art Association. Escondido, CA

April 1-2, 2006: Juried Sculpture Exhibition at “Two Babes in the Woods” Gallery in Idyllwild, Ca. 1st Place Frank D. Vrabel Memorial 3-D Award for Sculpture. Art Alliance of Idyllwild.

Feb. 17-27, 2006: Palm Springs, Indio Date Festival and Fine Arts Exhibition: Awards: First and Second Place, Advanced Sculpture.

Jan. 17-Feb. 28, 2006: Palm Springs “Art and Soul” Juried Exhibition, City of Palm Springs, Public Arts Commission. Awards:  Second Place and Honorable Mention for Sculptured Mosaics.

January – June, 2006: Riverside County, Cultural Arts Council “Artscape.” Juried Exhibition in Riverside, Ca. – Four paintings on exhibit.

September 2005 – June-2006: Part-time instructor of Sculpture at the Desert Academy of Fine Arts Institute, Palm Springs, California. www.desertfinearts. com

Public Art Projects:

August 2008 – October 2008: Juried outdoor exhibition of sculpture at Quail Botanical Gardens, Encinitas, California

November 2, 2007 – April 2008: “Sculptures in the Sreets” in Mesa, Arizona. Large sculptured mosaic, placed in the streets of downtown Mesa, AZ. Project juried and sponsored by Downtown Mesa Association.

March 2004: Lighthouse project: “Whirl Around Irondequoit” Rochester, New York. Completed a 10 foot tall Lighthouse with the depiction of an antique Merry-Go-Round. Sponsored by R-House Realty. .http://seathelights.com/ilt/ilt11.html

March 2003: “Animal Scramble” in Rochester, NY. Sponsored by Flanders Corporation to create a marble and glass mosaic lion sculpture.


October, 2007: “Best of America Sculpture Artists & Artisans” Vol 1; Page 79. Kennedy Publishing, 5251 John Tyler Highway #311, Williamsburg, VA 23185 http://www.bestofartistsgallery.ifp3.com/

“Animal Scramble” by Outfront Productions: www.TheBigParade.com ISBN:09711459-6-2

“Sculptural Pursuit”; Vol.2 No.3; July 2003 Issue: Featured Article “TheWinter of the Lion” by Ilona J. Passino. An illustrated story detailing the project and the artistic process of creating a large outdoor art project, the Mosaic Lion.

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