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"Artistic talent is a gift from God and whoever discovers it in himself has a certain obligation: to know that he cannot waste this talent, but must develop it."

Saint John Paul II

Where The WORD Becomes Image


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 Ad maiorem Dei gloriam

 "For the greater glory of God"

Vivian Imbruglia is an iconographer from Rancho Cucamonga, CA. She has been writing icons since 2005, having completed nearly one hundred works ranging is size from something you could hold in your hand to large images nearly five feet tall. Her original icons can be found in homes, churches, convents, and monasteries, as well as even the Vatican. She also has prints made of all the originals so individuals can come to know iconography even with a simple print.


Iconography started for her as simply another form or art, as she had tried many types of artwork throughout her life. But she discovered iconography had a profound impact on her faith walk, both in her practice of prayer but also in her learning. Each image begins with research, reading biographies and studying devotions. Prayer is a necessary part of every work, as each session begins with prayer, and prayerful music is often played in the background while she works. As a “cradle Catholic” Vivian had been exposed to Church teachings her whole life, but as an iconographer she has truly begun to understand it.


Vivian’s ministry is now to spread of the “word” through iconography. Icons are said to be “written” rather than painted, because it is the purpose of the icon to convey the word of God. Vivian’s mission, therefore, is to help others on their faith walks by giving them sacred images to meditate on, so through the symbolism contained in the icon they might understand their faith better. She hopes to encourage families to use icons and other forms of sacred art to make their homes domestic churches.


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