Diana de Avila creates cosmic digital art rooted in fractal geometry, hovering at the intersection of technology and the natural world, where quantum physics, chaos theory, and divine order converge. Fueling the precise yet sprawling, other-worldly images she creates—using a palette that comprises multiple software programs, algorithms, and artificial intelligence—is a visionary power that reflects her unique personal history and the circumstances that literally skewed her perception.
Several years ago, a relapse of MS combined with the worsening of a traumatic brain injury she had suffered in a 1984 motorcycle accident led to Acquired Savant Syndrome and synesthesia. Suddenly her vision and cognition were drastically affected; and a part of her brain was essentially rewired, giving her artistic abilities she had never before possessed.
“I guess you might call it an ‘awakening’; it was strange—to say the least— but at the same time wonderful,” says Diana.
The synesthesia—a condition in which one sense modality occurs when another modality is stimulated (for example, tasting sounds or hearing scents)—allows her to see colors as distinct shapes, and to see images in 3D or in layers. Diana, as one of just over 300 people in the world with Acquired Savant Syndrome, as well as a synesthete, simply doesn’t perceive the world as most people do; and her work is a response to the uniquely inspiring (and often jarring) reality—or hyper-reality—she inhabits.
The fractal—which is considered the fourth dimension—is the ideal vehicle for Diana to represent the distorted (or hyperreal, as the case may be) state of her visual perception. A fractal, in short, is a detailed pattern that repeats ad infinitum. Such self-similar patterns occur throughout nature, as in trees, seashells, crystals, etc.(Romanesco broccoli, for example, is a natural approximation of a fractal because a single floret resembles every other floret and the entire head of broccoli per se.)
In her work, Diana doesn’t merely reproduce fractals mechanically, but actually deconstructs and reconstructs them, reworking them into basic primitive shapes and radiantly colored patterns—twisting the mechanics of geometry and the natural order. Her final creations she prints on acrylic sheets and sometimes metal.
Diana’s traumatic brain injury and years of medical problems have led to untold personal agonies and major challenges in almost every facet of her life. On the other hand, they have also led to a wondrously creative world and allowed her to tap into a fantastical realm of perception that is simply inaccessible to “normal” artists. In a sense, her work functions as an ongoing series of dispatches from this strange subjective world; but is still closely connected to a universal, shared reality for which her relatively new gifts as an artist have made her an ideal emissary.
Diana also states ,"To date, I have little understanding about where my work and inspiration come from and where it will lead next. I do know that my art continues to advance in technical complexity." Diana counts approximately 645 created works since 2017. This website represents a small subset of her work.
May 2020 - Co-Founder of the Savant Artist Collective with David John Marchi and Alder Crocker.
May 2020 - “Sedition Art Artist” - creating motion art for Sedition Art
2020 - “Off the Wall” - Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL.
2019 - “Star Spangled Art Exhibit” St Petersburg College, Tarpon Springs, FL.
2019-2020 - “Inaugural Exhibit” Veterans Art Gallery at the Virginia War Memorial
2019 - MSAA (Multiple Sclerosis Association of America) Four Seasons Art Showcase
August 2019 - “ParkBeats” at Central Park - Osseo, WI.
May 2020 - “Antibodies" (Special Recognition) - "Art and Vision" - Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL.
January 2020 - “Third Eye" (Honorable Mention) - "Eye Candy" - Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL.
January 2020 - “A Wandering Soul” - "Untamed" - Venice Art Center, Venice, FL.
December 2019 - “Hanging by a Thread” (Second Place) - "Flashes of Brilliance" - Venice Art Center, Venice, FL.
December 2019 - “13 Thousand Bezier Curves" (Honorable Mention) & “Spectra”- "Open Season: National Juried Competition" - Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL.
November 2019 - “Majestic" - "Giving Thanks" - Art Center Manatee, Bradenton, FL.
October 2019 - “Glitter Bomb” - “In Gold We Trust” - Ashton Gallery at Art on 30th, San Diego, CA.
September 2019 - “Spectra” (Merit Award) and “Majestic" - "Welcome Back to Paradise" - Venice Art Center, Venice, FL.
June 2019 - “Majestic" - "Made Fresh" - Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL.
June 2019 - “Majestic" - "National Veterans Art Competition" - Tampa FL and USA
June 2018 - “Technicolor Kiss" - "Florida’s Finest" - Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL.
March 2018 - "Arabian Nights" - "REAL - NOT REAL" - Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL.
December 2017 - "Blocked" Diptych - "New and Now" - Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL.
May 2020 - “Antibodies" - Special Recognition - "Art and Vision" - Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL.
February 13, 2020 - Featured Artist - ArtsyShark juried competition.
January 2020 - Honorable Mention - “Third Eye” - “Eye Candy” Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL.
December 2019 - Second Place - “Hanging by a Thread” - “Flashes of Brilliance” Venice Art Center, Venice, FL
December 2019 - Special Award - “13 Thousand Bezier Curves” - “OPEN SEASON” Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL.
September 2019 - Merit Award - “Spectra” - “Welcome Back To Paradise” Venice Art Center, Venice, FL
Veteran Art Movement - Frontline Arts - Branchburg, NJ
Veteran Artist Program
1996 - MS. Ed., School Psychology - The College of Saint Rose, Albany, NY
1994 - B.S., Sociology - Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ