Jana Ireijo was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. After receiving a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, she moved to NYC to obtain an MFA in Painting from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York (where she won the Outstanding Graduate Student award in 1999). Jana is the founder of the artist collective, Mural Ethos: Vanishing Murals. Mural Ethos creates ephemeral â€œvanishingâ€ murals that illustrate the effects of the environment due to climate change. The primary medium used is charcoal (picked up and sent by close friends hiking to the sites) from the Australia and California bushfires. The murals are temporary and return to earth with the elements.
Jana’s mission with these temporary murals is to raise awareness, and also to create links to funds for endangered species and the environment. She hopes they inspire in the viewer a sense of urgency to take action, the knowledge that one person can make a difference, and the conviction that we are all in this together.
Jana’s murals and paintings have been exhibited throughout the United States, Europe, and Australia. One of the highlights of her career was recently being curated by Judy Chicago into the Turner Carroll Gallery’s â€œSolstice: Create Art for Earthâ€ exhibition in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Jana currently lives and works in Westport, Connecticut with her two teenage sons.