Iva Viana was born in Viana do Castelo, in 1980. She graduated in Fine Arts – sculpture, from the Faculty of Fine Arts, in Porto.
Between 2003 and 2004 she also spent some time in Akademia Sztuk Pieknych (Academy of Fine Arts), in Cracow, Poland, where she attended ceramics, stone and multimedia technology classes. In 2007, she initiated her activity as a sculpture technician at an international company, specialized in ornamental plasterwork, and, in 2009, made a traineeship with the sculptor Pierre Merlin, in Nimes, France.
She has also been to Mozambique and Brazil, as a part of an artistic exchange programme. Her portfolio includes, among others, plasterwork panels, created for the hotels Four Seasons, in London, and Shangri-La, in Paris.
Since the beginning of 2013, she manages to continue working on her previous works, alongside personal projects, which are developed in her own atelier.