Today we’d like to introduce you to Dian Paramita.
Dian, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
Growing up in Indonesia, I was exposed to the aesthetic of art as part of the local tradition in my daily life. I love drawing and painting, even during the time I worked in a corporate office in Jakarta. When I turned 30, I realized that I was not walking on the right path to live my destiny. I wanted to make art but never had the time and energy for it. So, I left my job and packed my bag to have a long vacation in the United States.
I was traveling by train, visiting exhilarating cities such as Seattle, San Francisco, Chicago, Denver, New York, and finally made my last stop in Philadelphia. There, I found Studio Incamminati, a contemporary-realist oil-painting atelier. I took several workshops and still strive to learn more. So, I entered their four-year advanced fine art program, where I paint under the guidance of notable master artists, including Dan Thompson, Jon deMartin, Kerry Dunn, JaFang Lu, and Peter Kelsey. There, I met an amazing artist who later became my husband, Chris Brizzard.
After finishing the program, I had my first solo show in Twenty-Two Gallery, Philadelphia in August 2017. It was such a humbling experience, having 30 of artworks exhibited for the people to see. Soon after the solo show ended, my husband and I moved to Dallas, TX, to continue our artistic journey together.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
My artwork centers on celebrating the ephemerality of everyday life. I am intrigued by the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi, which embraces beauty in the naturally imperfect world. I use oil as my main medium to create artworks, and I am influenced by Wayne Thiebaud, Joaquin Sorolla, and Claude Monet. In my paintings, I pay close attention to textural details, dynamic brushstrokes and value-color relations.
In the past two years, I drew my inspirations from food, fish, and water. I love to interpret the evanescent nature of the subject matters and to capture the gleaming, brilliant textures into two-dimensional surface. My aim of painting these short-lived subjects is mainly to preserve their existence and to expose their visual significance before they vanish.
How can artists connect with other artists?
Be a part of artist community in your area by taking some art classes, going to live drawing/painting session, or going to art opening events. Online community can be an alternative for those residing in remote areas.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
People can see my works at my personal website www.dianmita.com and my instagram @dianmita. Some paintings are currently exhibited at Los Angeles Gallery of Art (http://www.lagalleryofart.com/) and the Dutch Art Gallery in Dallas (https://dutchartgallery.net/). I am also represented online by an Indonesian gallery, Senimart (http://www.senimart.id). People can support me by following me on Instagram and purchasing my work!
- Website: www.dianmita.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dianmita/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dianparamita