Bio


Charlene Lanzel is a world-renowned performance artist from New York City who uses her hands in the sand to create living sand animations. This is an amazing live performance using just sand, a light box and a projector. Charlene creates these fluid story illustrations for large audiences, with an overhead camera instantaneously projecting onto a large screen for the audience to see.

As a life-long artist, feeling limited by one image painted on canvas, Charlene Lanzel became fascinated with live sand animation when she saw it for the first time in 2004. It wasn’t until 2010 though, that Charlene embraced the idea of becoming a performance artist herself. A spark of an idea suddenly raced through her mind. Charlene then lost no time in building her first sand box, and started to experiment with this new found art form on her own. Although difficult, she was able to master sand animation techniques, due to the artistic inclination she was born with, and her very successful career as a working muralist and fine artist.

In February of 2011, Charlene released her first sand animation video on YouTube, and within weeks she was scouted to perform for Cirque Du Soleil at the opening night party for Zarkana at Roseland in New York City. Soon after, Charlene began traveling around the World, fascinating audiences with her magical sand animation performances. Charlene’s sand art combines her passion for artistic expression with her love of music, storytelling and performance art into one unique and mesmerizing art form.

Contact Charlene today to book her for your next project or event!