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ABOUT

Diana de Avila is an artist based in Sarasota, who embarked on her artistic journey in 2017. During that time, Diana faced the challenges of a relapse of multiple sclerosis (MS) and worsening traumatic brain injury (TBI). However, amidst these difficulties, her artistic gift suddenly and explosively emerged, fueled by acquired savant syndrome and synesthesia.

 

Despite lacking formal training, de Avila has created over 2000 digital art pieces rooted in fractal geometry, drawing inspiration from the convergence of quantum physics, chaos theory, and divine order. Her cosmic digital art, both dynamic and serene, delves into various technological expressions of art.

Within the artistic movement "Techspressionism," founded by Colin Goldberg, she has found her "tribe," continually pushing the boundaries of her digital art and exploring innovative approaches to creation. Diana holds the title of Signature member in the National Association of Women Artists (NAWA) and is a member of the American League of American Pen Women (NLAPW). She is also part of the Sarasota artist collective known as SArtQ and is represented by DEFINE Art Gallery in Sarasota, FL.

Diana is not only the subject but also the co-author of her award-winning book, "Soldier, Sister, Savant." This book shares her artistic journey and showcases samples of her art from 2017 to early 2021. Furthermore, in the summer of 2023, Diana and her co-author Wilma Davidson secured a publishing contract for their upcoming children's book, "Super Cat! Splat! Splat!," which is set to be released in the summer of 2024.

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Gallery Representation

DEFINE Art Gallery, 68 South Palm Ave. Sarasota, FL

September 2023.

Grants / Fellowships

2022 Halo Arts Fellowship Recipent, Sarasota, FL.

Organizations

June 2023 -Artist Member SartQ, Sarasota Fl..

May 2020-2023 - Director of the Savant Artist Collective.

 

Permanent Collections

Virginia War Memorial, Richmond, VA.

The Treffert Library, Fon du Lac, WI.

 

Commercial Work

November 2020 - “LeGaleriste” - creating clothing with my art at LeGaleriste

November 2020 - “Blackdove Artist” - creating motion art for Blackdove

May 2020 - “Sedition Art Artist” - creating motion art for Sedition Art

Smaller Exhibitions:

November 2021 - Shifting Perceptions - SPAACES 2087 Princeton Street
Sarasota, Florida 34237

Awards:

 

July 2023 - Honorable Mention - “Summer Dreaming” - “The National 2023” - Cape Cod Art Center, Barnstable, MA.

 

November 2022 - Merit Award - “The Engineered Lady” - “Inspired” - Venice Art Center, Venice, FL

June 2022 - "Toys in the Attic" - Honorable Mention -  "Summer Small Works 2022" NAWA (The National Association of Women Artists) - Online

November 2021 - "Splinter Man" - Fourth Place -  "2021 Utterly Unfathomable and Powerfully Profound" ISEA (The International Society of Experimental Artists) - Online

September 2020 - "Journey with Morpheus" Award of Excellence & Publicity Award -  "The Spirit of Resilience" The Healing Power of Art and Artists - Manhattan Arts International - New York, NY.

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 through September 2020 - One of the 41 Winning Artists for “8th Annual ‘Celebration of the Arts’” - “A Modern Interpretation” - Tampa Bay Lightning, Amelie Arena

September 2019 - Merit Award - “Spectra” - “Welcome Back To Paradise” Venice Art Center, Venice, FL

 

Juried Exhibitions

October 2022 -  "After Humpty's Fall" - "Storytelling: A Visual Narrative​"- Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL.

2023 - For the Love of Color - "Jubilation" Cape Cod Art Center, Barnstable, MA. Online.

2023 - The National 2023 - "Summer Dreaming" Cape Cod Art Center, Barnstable, MA. July 10-August 12, 2023.

 

September 2022 -  "Communion of the Saints"-"Seeing Beyond: An Online Photography and Digital Art Exhibition​"- Rhode Island Watercolor Society, Pawtucket, RI.

 

June 2022 -  "Life Gets Messy" and "Threshold" - "Places and Faces: Regional Juried Exhibition​"- Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL.

May 2022 -  "Toys in the Attic" - "The Space in Between": Digital Art Online Exhibit -Cape Cod Art Center, Barnstable, MA.

 

August 2021 -  "Ascent" and "Digital Valium No. 2" time-based art - "Here Comes the Sun: Regional Juried Exhibition​"- Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL.

May 2021 -  "13 Thousand Bezier Curves," "Hanging by a Thread," and "My Mind Wanders" - "The 49th Annual Melvin Gallery Art National Exhibition" - The Lakeland Art Guild, Lakeland, FL.

March 2021 - "Journey with Morpheus" - "HERStory 2021"-National Association of Women Artists, Inc | NAWA , New York, NY.

October 2020 - "Journey with Morpheus" and "Fractal Sunflower- "Onward and Upward" -Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL.

September 2020 - "Journey with Morpheus" (Award of Excellence & Publicity Award) -  "The Spirit of Resilience" "The Healing Power of Art and Artists - Manhattan Arts International - New York, NY.

 

July 2020 - "Gravitational Pull" - "Less is More" - Venice Art Center, Venice, FL.

 

July 2020 - “A Strange and Wonderful World" - "The Big Show - National Juried Exhibition" - Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL.

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.

Group Exhibitions:

2023 - Sarasota Pen Women Exhibit - "Kaleidoscopic Symphony" Venice Art Center, Venice, FL. September, 2023

 

2022 - Veteran's Art Show - "Popsicle City" 6th Street Studios & Arts Center, Gilroy, CA. November 5 - 27, 2022.

2022 - Techspressionism Digital and Beyond - "The City Hustles and Bustles, NFT" Southampton Arts Center, April 21-June 4, 2022.

2022 - Techspressionism Digital and Beyond - "The City Hustles and Bustles, NFT" Southampton Arts Center, April 21-June 4, 2022.

2022 - Techspressionism Digital and Beyond - "The City Hustles and Bustles, NFT" Southampton Arts Center, April 21-June 4, 2022.

 

2021 - Techspressionism 2021 - International Online Exhibition - "Eruption"- curated by Colin Goldberg and Patrick Lichty

2021 - NAWA New Members Show - "Tree of Life" - NAWA |National Association of Women Artists, Inc., National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, NY

2021 - Techspressionism Collab No. 1 - Bradley x de Avila

2020 - All Members Online Exhibition - ISEA (International Society of Experimental Artists)

2020 - VX 2020 - The Center for Global Art

2020 - “Artscape 2020 - Virtual Artists' Market” - Baltimore, MD

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

Memberships:

National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW)

National Association of Women Artists (NAWA)

National Association of Women Artists - Florida Chapter (NAWA)

International Society of Experimental Artists (ISEA)

National Association of Digital Artists (naDA)

Women Contemporary Artists

Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County - Sarasota, FL

Art Center Sarasota

Cape Cod Art Center

Movement:

Techspressionism - as of (March 2021): 214 artists from 33 countries

 

Education:

1996 - MS. Ed., School Psychology - The College of Saint Rose, Albany, NY

1994 - B.S., Sociology - Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ

SRQ Magazine - Visions and Virtuosity
By Phil Lederer - November 2021

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October 2020 - "Meet the Veteran Artist" Interview
with The Virginia War Memorial Director  
Dr. John Mountcastle (38:24)

VWM - Livestream FB - Meet the Veteran A
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