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Diana Solís

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Retorno de las almas, 2008 Ink And Color Pencil On Paper 24" X 19" © Diana Solis
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Alicia en el país de las maravillas, 2008 Ink And Color Pencil On Paper 24" X 19" © Diana Solis
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Árbol de la vida, 2007 Acrylic On Watercolor Paper 35" X 58" © Diana Solís
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Esto no es un cuento de hadas, 2006 Acrylic On Watercolor Paper 171/4" X 251/4" © Diana Solís
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Center of Attention, 2007 Acrylic On Watercolor Paper 13" X 10" © Diana Solís
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Jugando a las guerritas, 2008 Ink And Color Pencil On Paper 24" X 19" © Diana Solís
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Heros, 2005 Acrylic On Watercolor Paper 41/2" X 41/2" © Diana Solís
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Street Cats, Detail, 2009 Acrylic On Printmaking Paper 10" X 13" © Diana Solís
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El comienzo del reino animal, 2009 Acrylic On Printmaking Paper 10" X 13" © Diana Solís
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Little Works on Paper Series: So What if its not a Vespa, 2009 Acrylic On Watercolor Paper 51/4" X 5" © Diana Solis
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Little Works on paper Series: Alternative Mode of Transportation, 2009 Acrylic On Watercolor Paper 51/4" X 5" © Diana Solis
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Little Works on Paper Series: Comino Rides Again, 2009 Acrylic On Bristol Vellum 51/4" X 5" © Diana Solís
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Monterrey, N.L. Mexico
Birth year
1956
Lives in
Chicago
Works in
Chicago
Tags
pop, mixed-media, arts-education, exhibition/performance
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Artist Biography

Diana Solis was born in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico.  She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1997.  Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States, Including Mexico, Spain and Germany.  Ms. Solís lives in Chicago and works as an artist-in-residence in Chicago Public Schools, and in community-based after school programs inconjunction with Pros Arts Studio a non-profit arts organization where she holds a position as a visual artist.

Artist Statement

I work primarily on paper using acrylic medium and drawing.  I find an immediacy with drawing that is unparallel to that of other media. Yet, I am drawn to the process.  The unseen within the obvious, where it takes me is always an adventure.  The crossing over and blurring of the lines; animals with human features, and humans with animal characteristics surrounded by or being enveloped by nature and trees with a malevolent sense of humor.  They are imaginary hybrids in a constant state of change that often have a whimsical and childlike appearance, but like fairy tales and myths they hold a darker and more challenging story than meets the eye.

 

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Diana Solís
Chicago, IL U.S.A.
E-mails: diana210@hotmail.com
210diana@gmail.com
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www.flatironproject.com

EDUCATION:
1997 Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:
2006 – Present: Artist-in-Residence, Painting and Drawing Instructor, After School and
Community Arts Programs, Pros Arts Studios, Chicago, IL
2001 Artist-in-Residence, Community Art Workshops, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
1997 Adjunct Professor of Art, Humanities Department, San Agustine College, Chicago

SOLO AND TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS:
2008 “A TODA MADRE”, Esperanza Gama and Diana Solís, La Llorona Gallery,
Chicago, IL
2007 “CENTRO DE ATRACCIÓN”, New Work by Diana Solís, Dubhe Carreño Gallery, Chicago, IL
2006 “HARD AND SOFT” New works by Carmen Perez and Diana Solís, Chicago State University, Chicago, IL
2005 DIANA SOLíS, “BETWEEN MYTH AND REALITY”, Dubhe Carreño Gallery,
Chicago, IL
DIANA SOLIS AND ESPERANZA GAMA, Las Manos Gallery, Chicago, IL

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITS:
2009 PILSEN ARTISTS, Walkers Point Center for the Arts, Milwaukee, WI
“ARTE AHORA”, Chicago’s 2nd Annual Latin American Art Fair, Chicago, IL
2008 “MADE IN THE USA” University of Carbondale, Carbondale, IL
18th STREET PILSEN OPEN STUDIOS, “MADE IN PILSEN III”, Prospectus Gallery, Chicago, IL
“LA VIDA SIN FIN”, 22 Annual Day of the Dead Exhibit 2008, National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL
“ARTE AHORA”, Chicago’s First Latin American Art Fair, River East Center,
Chicago, IL
2007 MATCH, Dubhe Carreno Gallery, Chicago, IL
2005 DIVERSITY AND SPIRIT, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL
SOFA CHICAGO, Dubhe Carreno Gallery, Chicago, IL
2004 ZALCE TIEMPO Y TESTIMONIO: PROYECTO COLECTIVO BINACIONAL, Palacio de Gobierno, Morelia, Michoacán, México
2003 AROUND THE COYOTE FALL ARTS FESTIVAL, The Flat Iron Arts Building, Chicago, IL
2002 ELEMENTS EXP-36 AIGUA, Centre Civic Barceloneta, Barcelona, Spain
2000 COINCIDENCIAS, Museo de Culturas Populares, Toluca, Mexico

AWARDS, GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS
2009 Recipient Sor Juana Women of Achievement Award, National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL
2005 Illinois Arts council Technical Assistance Grant, Chicago, IL
2001 Illinois Arts council Governor’s International Arts exchange Program, Chicago, IL
1997 Faculty Prize in Photography, Film and Electronic Media, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
1991 Illnois Arts Council Completion Grant, Illinois Arts Council, Chicago, IL
1987 Graduate College Research fellowship in Photography, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
1986 Neighborhood Arts Portfolio Development Grant, Chicago Arts Council, Chicago, IL

SELECTED PRIVATE COLLECTIONS:
National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL
Françoise de Brugada, Paris, France
Bertha Ruiz de la Concha, Mexico City, Mexico
Fred Hanson, New York, NY
Sandra Cisneros, San Antonio, Texas
Beatriz and David Gartler, Chicago, IL
Ruth Horowitz, New York, NY
Mary Kay Vaughan, Oaxaca, Mexico
Carlos Schaffer, Mexico City, Mexico
Laura Munt and Ferran Kali Kelonen, Barcelona, Spain

BIBLIOGRAPHY AND PUBLICATIONS:
Edelman, Maciel, Olivia “Vanguardia en Latinoamérica, Revista Iberoamericana, Vol. LXXIV No. 224 University of Pittsburg, Pittsburg, PA Cover Illustration (July – September 2008)
Lynderson, Kari “Diana Solís y Patricia Acosta: La oscuridad y la luz de sus mundos de fantasia,” Contratiempo Magazine, Issue No. 59 Chicago, IL (September – October 2008)
Aparecio, R. Frances and Sandoval-Sánchez, Alberto “Hybridismos Culturales: la literatura y cultura de los latinos en los Estados unidos, “ Revista Iberoamericana, Vol. LXXI, No.212
University of Pittsburg, Pittsburg, PA Cover Illustration (July – September 2005)
Negro, Delia “Diana Solís y su Exploración Creativa,” Contratiempo Magazine, Issue No. 15
Chicago, IL (July 2004)
Gaweki, E. Marsha “Diana Solís: Painting Mountains in Wicker Park,” La Raza, Arena Cultural Supplement Chicago, IL (July 9, 2000)
Garza, Marie, Melita “Showing her Colors,” Latina Magazine (September 1998)
Mendieta, Ana “Report, Wicker Park Gentrify,” Chicago Sun-Times (December 26, 1999)
Badikian, Beatriz “Mapmaker Revisited,” Gladsome Books Cover Illustration (1999)