Briahna Wenke \ Biography
Raised on the Connecticut coastline, Briahna Wenke began painting murals for local businesses by age 16, although she's been filling sketchbooks since her earliest memories. After graduating in 2009 from the University of Connecticut with a bachelors degree in history and anthropology, she spent her early twenties painting murals, landscaping, and embarking on international travels to Australia, Europe, Asia, North Africa, and Central America. In 2014, Wenke moved from Manhattan and the fashion industry to Charleston to pursue life as a full time painter. Her work is collected both locally and nationally, and has been featured on the cover of Natural Awakenings Magazine, as well as digital publications in the UK and Italy.
STATEMENT “I'm searching for a form of integrity. A synchronicity between color, truth in form, and unapologetic confidence behind the strokes of my palette knife. I've been teaching myself to paint. Most diligently since I took the full-time creative plunge in 2015, with full respect to the universal guideline that you must learn the rules first before you can effectively break them. In our modern society, immediacy rules. Visuals that get information to the viewer most efficiently run our technological world. Certain cultural aspects of our modern world feel redundant, like we’ve been here before, because we have. I hope we can grasp our roots, and look to our history to remind ourselves what we are capable of. I believe the visual power of art can remind us what we cannot afford to forget: just how human we really are. Whatever I need to say, I don't wish to be delicate. I aim to be bold and deliberate, unwavering in my approach.”
Hawaii, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Florida, Montana, California, Oregon, Arizona, England, France, Queensland, Australia
Wenke’s paintings have been publicly exhibited in South Carolina and Hawaii.