My name is Lena and I'm a self-taught artist. I grew up in an artist family and my mother had the greatest influence on me during my childhood. She creates extraordinary embroideries, sings, writes and takes pictures, which has always fascinated me. We've been through alot and in art I found something that's always given me strength and the possibility to express myself and to communicate even in times I couldn't speak.
Art is my anchor so to say, I love drawing portraits, comics and asian Manga inspired characters, creating collages and abstract, colorful, bohemian aquarelle and water color paintings. Taking and editing pictures also became a big passion of mine. To find the perfect scenes and subjects for my photographs, I just walk through the city, visit exhibitions, graveyards and parks or experiment around with makeup for example. Writing down thoughts and poems is some kind of self reflection and letting go to me. I focus on self and socio-critical thoughts and my personal experiences and turn them into poems, quotes, short stories or songs. Any kind of authenticity, whether I find it in a piece of art, a person or a place, is what inspires me the most and creating art is my way to show gratitude and to give back all the inspiration and motivation I've recieved through it. You can find me on Instagram and Facebook:
Almost invisible she grows in the shade.
Nobody knows her but everyone knows her name.
Like a shadow, silently flashing from brick to brick,
she adorns the walls patiently hoping to finally get picked.
by Aliena Anima
All art and photos below by Aliena Anima
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How did you begin your journey in to music?
My interest in being a musician came on pretty early when I bought an electric guitar around the age of 10, but it never really grabbed me so I kind of fell out of the idea for a few years. Then around 13 I bought a cheap karaoke mic at a Radio Shack and began singing along to my favorite songs at the time, and I just fell in love with singing and the prospect of being a front man. From there I started my own band, and I’ve been involved in numerous bands, solo projects, and writing and production projects ever since.
Where are you from?
I was born in North Jersey, but we moved around a lot. Largely back and forth between New Jersey and South Florida. Finally planted some roots in Toms River where I attended Toms River High School East for all 4 years. After that I was back in FL, then back to NJ, then NYC for a few years, and I live in Hollywood, CA now. So I guess I’m a bit of a mutt, but New York City and the Jersey Shore were always constants for me no matter where we lived, so I consider them both a home of sorts.
Who have you worked with?
I’ve been fortunate enough and proud to have worked with numerous talented artists in music and film on stage, on set, and in the studio. In music I’ve performed with Motley Crue, Papa Roach, Buckcherry, Machine Gun Kelly, Redman, and tons of other amazing acts. In the studio I’ve written and produced for Melissa Gorga (Real Housewives of NJ) and Deena Cortese (Jersey Shore). In Television and in my first acting gig I’ve worked with our close family friend Jenni “JWoww” Farley (Jersey Shore). And most recently I directed my first feature film “Bully”, which was written by my father Joe Campanelli, with the very talented cast including some very seasoned and wonderful characters in Danny Trejo, Vincent Pastore, Ron Canada, and the youngest on set who held down the entire film like the pro that he is, Tucker Albrizzi. Behind the scenes though, none of these accomplishments would have been possible without awesome and talented bandmates, crew, and staff involved in many of the facets of each project.
What inspires you?
Life. Everything. The high of completing a project you’re proud of, that you poured everything in to. I often draw inspiration from other artists too. Pulling from Film, TV, music, artwork, design, architecture, etc. I love it all.
What are my other endeavors?
Well, beyond the obvious of singing and performing music as a solo artist. I’m currently in two other bands, Crash the Night (think Maroon 5 meets Linkin Park) and Rogue Star (dirty vintage rock with some modern elements). I’ve also dabbled in promotion, club management, production, and marketing. In film… I love directing, from a few music videos and the feature, I can’t wait to do more. I also do editing and post production, sort of a necessity for tight budgets. I also recently launched a clothing and accessories line called Mainstream Misfits, which also sells my music related merch. Acting and modeling are also something I enjoy doing, I’ve shot with some great photographers over the years, and played alongside JWoww in my first feature a couple years back… definitely aiming to work in both of those fields more. But before all of these wonderful creative projects were ever lucrative, graphic and web designer since I was 10 years old. Built my first paid website for a gentleman in South Florida who sharpened scissors and razors for local salons and barbers, and that ability had helped fund most of what I did musically for many years. I’m active as a designer today, but in a much more selective capacity.
Most of my work can be found at www.SantinoNoir.com. You can also follow me at