Born: Clearfield, PA
Diane Arrieta (USA) was raised in Western Pennsylvania and currently resides in South Florida. She holds a BFA in ceramic sculpture (Florida Atlantic University, FL) and an MSc in Biodiversity and Wildlife Health (University of Edinburgh, U.K.).
The works of Diane Arrieta have been exhibited in several museums, such as the Cornell Museum of American Art & Culture, The NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, The Boca Raton Museum and the Museum Of Fine Art Tallahassee. She has had several solo exhibitions, including the Art & Cultural Center Hollywood and Palm Beach State College. Her work is shown throughout the United States and the United Kingdom. Her work is in both private and public collections, including the Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz (Girl’s Club) Collection.
Additionally, Arrieta has been granted the coveted South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship Grant in 2008, and the 2010 Hector Ubertalli Award for the Visual Arts. She has served on several public art committees (to include Palm Beach County Art in Public Places and Art in State Buildings-State of Florida Cultural division), runs an exhibition program at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) Libraries, is the Director of the International Humanities Curatorial Lab (IHP) Project at FAU and maintains a studio in Palm Beach, FL.
Statement: [revised October 2020]
I make work that evokes a sense of wonder; similar to the feelings l get when watching animated films.
The style of my work is based on the psychology of comic books and illustrated films. It sends a message but uses relatable, fun figures in odd situations. The work creates a safe space for people to use their imagination, enabling someone to see new possibilities or a new existence.
Wonderment is the basis for all learning. By utilizing the creative mind of the viewer, my work sneaks in messages related to conservation of species, women’s issues and social justice.
“If you want children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales.” —Einstein
BFA Ceramic Sculpture Florida Atlantic University
MSc Wildlife and Ecosystems Health University of Edinburgh, U.K.
ESSAY ABOUT RECENT WORK:
Play and (not so hidden) Subterfuge in the Anti-Extinction Art of “Birds Are Nice by Mary Jo Aagerstoun, Ph.D