Liliana Payne was raised in rural western Minnesota, in the small town of Morris. Her father was a professor of Theatre at the University of Minnesota Morris, and it was when she was eight years old that he first put a paint brush in her hand and told her to get busy. She painted identical kidney bean-shaped rocks onto a piece of scenery, and she was hooked.
She left for Gustavus Adolphus College in 2000, graduating with honors in 2003. Immediately after she moved to Minneapolis where she began her career as a scenic artist. In almost ten years she has built a business as a scenic artist and muralist, her most notable clients being the Guthrie Theatre, the Loews Hotel Minneapolis, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, the Children’s Theatre, and Macy’s Special Events in downtown Minneapolis. Her murals are installed in businesses and organizations all over the state stretching from Thief River falls to St. Peter, including many in the Twin Cities.
Highlights of her career:
- She spent five months in Italy in 2005, living and working on a small farm in Tuscany. She painted a copy of Mignard’s Virgin of the Grapes that hangs today in the chapel of the Villa Terreno in Rufina, Italy.
- In 2008 she was invited back to Gustvaus to paint a mural of the Parthenon in the Classics offices in Old Main.
- She was a guest lecturer at the University of MN Morris, teaching her skills to the newest crop of scenic artists.