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Diane Correa de Rempel

Artist Statement “I stood atop the pyramid and knew my destiny.” As both an artist and a dancer, I created my art in terms of fluidity of movement and intensity of emotion. I straddle the borders of two noble cultures; one, some thirty centuries old, the other, just over two centuries. This cultural duality is a reflection of both the enduring theme of duality in Mexican art, literature, and culture and American culture born of European legacy; the two cultures exist as one in me and cannot be separated: this is my reality, which I celebrate. Whatever differences exist among us humans, the essence of our humanity can be found in emotion and desire. I believe that they transcend time and space and that life and death are the flip sides of the same coin. I continue to explore these concepts in my work through the use of a palette influenced by my cultural past, a desire to illustrate the perpetual motion of line, and the emotion that color evokes.

Biography Dianne Correa de Rempel was influenced at an early age by art and dance. Her first art instructor was the celebrated Melanie Taylor Kent. Diane has trained in Mexican folklorico dancing, flamenco, ballet, Hawaiian hula, and Japanese folk dancing. She has studied several languages including Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, and Hawaiian. Diane has been influenced by the art of many cultures but focuses primarily on her Mexican heritage through well researched images of Aztecs deities and her twenty-five plus interest in Dia de los Muertos. She is best known for her innovative interpretation of Jose Guadalupe Posada’s La Calavera Catrina.

Diane studied Mesoamerican art at her alma mater, Occidental College. She continued to pursue an interest in art history during her six years working at the Getty Art Research Institute (GRI). Diane also studied in the Multimedia Program at Los Angeles Mission College where her digital artwork was published in the prospective student recruitment brochure. Her drawings and paintings were exhibited at Los Angeles County Century Gallery, where she was invited to be a guest curator; in a solo a show at Occidental College; at ZimArt Gallery in Los Angeles; and at California State University at Northridge where she was also invited to lecture on “Art and the Chicano Child.”

Locally, she was in a solo show at the House of Brews coffeehouse in San Fernando and in a group show for the opening of Tia Chucha’s Café Cultural in Sylmar. In, addition, she has exhibited at a number of San Fernando Valley community festivals and events. Diane’s art comments have been featured in Los Angeles Times, the Daily News, and the San Fernando Sun.