Ivana Panizzi was born in Poços de Caldas, Minas Gerais State, Brazil. She graduated in Plastic Arts at the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana, Cuba, where she also studied Cinema and Television. She participated in the “New York Project 1995,” organized by the Parque Lage Foundation (Rio de Janeiro). Her artworks can be found in private collections, galleries and museums in Brazil and in private collections in Argentina, Belgium, Bolivia, Cuba, United States, Ireland, Italy, Mozambique, South Africa, and Japan. Her work is characterized by researching and recycling of non-conventional materials, either on her paintings or on her objects and installations. She taught 3-D Design at the Maryland College of Art and Design in 2001. The artist has been residing in Southern Africa (South Africa and Mozambique) for more than five years now, where she is doing recycling projects in public schools and less-favored communities. Her recent photographic work is focused on environmental affairs.