Lionia was born in Portugal and spent her early childhood growing up amongst the orchards and vines of her family’s property not far from Lisbon. After migrating to Australia, Lionia found that her artistic expression was invaluable in building new friendships and adapting to a new landscape and language.
Lionia graduated from Australia’s premier fashion school, RMIT University and went on to establish her own clothing label (Steflion) with a design partner and close friend. Their range sold in boutiques across Australia and featured in shows including Mercedes Fashion week and L’Oreal Fashion launch as well as private parades.
In 2000 Lionia took an opportunity to move to London where she was able to further develop her artistic eye and draw from the rich experiences and influences of Europe. She worked with the house of Chanel before joining Net-A-Porter not long after the company was launched as a new online luxury fashion retailer as fashion and style adviser.
On her return to Australia in 2005 Lionia focused her artistic energy on creating fantasy feature walls for families in homes in Melbourne and Sydney. Businesses recognised the opportunity to bring corporate spaces to life with ‘oversized’ and customised wall art. Her work has featured in fashion boutiques, hairdressing salons, hospital waiting rooms as well as display homes for leading builders including Porter Davis and Hermitage Homes.
As an artist Lionia's primary work now is in statement portrait art on a grand scale. Her passion for cultural diversity is a clear influence. 'Faces of the World' Art Events are an annual fixture on the Melbourne Calendar.
Her art has been shown on TV programs including "Grand Designs Australia" and The “Housewives of Melbourne” and is also on display at the Monash Children's Hospital and some of Melbourne's hippest cafe's and bar's.
Her work 'Dreamtime Child" was a big hit with Lori, the interior designer and owner of the home featured on the Lifestyle Channel's 'Grand Designs, Australia - Elsternwick Project'.
Lionia supports charities including World Vision Australia, Cancer Council Australia and Dandelions - Make a Wish foundation.