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Vivian Lipman-Denis was born and raised in the Lower East Side of New York City. After graduating from LaGuardia's High School of Music and Art, she spent the better part of the 80's and 90's living in various towns in Puerto Rico. However, the southeastern town of Yauco; El Pueblo del Cafe was, and still remains, the town closest to her heart. Those years in Puerto Rico formed the basis of much of Vivian's future artistic vision.
After discovering her love for painting while vacationing in Vermont, she enrolled in art studies at Brooklyn College. Her love of oil on canvas was further reinforced while continuing her studies at the Student Art League and the Educational Alliance.
Sara Morales is a New York City born artist of Puerto Rican heritage. Her life experiences from her time in El Barrio, the Bronx, and La Isla del Encanto has shaped much of her work. Her life-long love affair with art began at a very early age; winning an art scholarship while still in grade school.
She would later graduate from the High School of Art & Design. She expanded her palate with additional art training at Hostos Community College, the 92nd Street Y, and the Bronx River Art Center.
In 2009, Sara and Vivian joined forces and founded Saviana Arts, where they put to canvass the culture of their beloved Puerto Rican and Nuyorican heritage. Much of their work chronicles the humanity of their families' traditions. They continue to apply their medium as their respective journeys into their cultural selves take them to different times, places and experiences.
Vivian Lipman-Denis and Sara Morales are members of The Puerto Rican Institute for the Development of the Arts (PRIDA).