The Heroine’s Journey of Viviana Puello-Grimandi

What is the best thing that I love about my work? The freedom to travel and meet people of different cultures.

What is my idea of perfect happiness? Being at peace with myself.

What is my greatest fear? Not being able to live long enough to help my children in their journey.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?  None. God created me; there’s nothing to deplore.

Which living persons in my profession do I most admire? Too many to list but I respect every artist.  Art is a challenging profession, and it takes courage, passion and commitment to pursue.

What is my greatest extravagance? Gold.

On what occasion would I lie? If needed to protect someone’s feelings.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? I love everything about it; I wish I had more hours in the day to do more.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work? Now.

If I could, what would I change about myself? I would not change anything, being grateful for all that I am is part of my daily practice, I tried as much as possible to keep my ego under control and keep opening my eyes to real miracle that lives in me.

What is my greatest achievement in work? Being able to inspire people around me and help other artists bring joy to their lives by assisting them to fulfil their purpose and dreams.

Where would I most like to live? I dream of living in front of the ocean to hear the sound of the waves while I sleep so I hope I can manifest that soon.  Right now I split my time between New York City where I work and live most of the year and the countryside of Italy where my husband and I have our home.  I prefer places where I’m directly in touch with nature.  Nature has a mysterious power of keeping us in touch with the universe and all that matters in life.

What is my most treasured possession? Material possessions, I would say a shirt that my grandmother made for me with her own hands when I was a teenager and my grandfather’s winter hat.  They both passed away already when I wear them I feel them close to me, and it is a soothing experience.

What is my most marked characteristic? My happy and loving heart

What is my most inspirational location, in my city? My gallery when I’m alone to meditate and paint.

What is my favorite place to eat and drink, in my city? Any cozy and authentic Mexican, Moroccan or Indian restaurant. No preference.

What books influenced my life and how? The Power of Now.  Helped me focus on what is real. A course in Miracles, The Bible and the Tao Te Ching, there’s immense wisdom in all of them.

Who are my favorite writers?  They vary in style, time and space: Paolo Coelho, Wayne Dyer, Victor Hugo, Dante Alighieri, Patanjali.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? Shout To The Lord, favorite Christian him.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? I love Wonder Woman.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? My grandparents and my son and daughter, they are all people of incredible courage, discipline, perseverance and compassion.

Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime?  The Power of the Heart.

What role plays art in my life and work? It is the center of my career and universe. Everything I do revolves around it.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, a partner in crime? My husband.

Whom would I like to work with in 2019?  Eckhard Tolle and Oprah (It’s a dream).

What project, in 2019, am I looking forward to work on? Artists For A Green Planet, coming up in November.

Where can you see me or my work in 2019?  I move fast; catch me if you can.

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?  Passion keeps you going.

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? One of my favorite young writers is Yadira Roman, who works with me daily.  In spite of a difficult early life, she has risen to an impressive creative career as a fiction writer and a very inspiring artist.

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