FINE ART Diana Dzene
“One art critic called my paintings as something that is the closest to a feel-good movie. In times likes these, I wear this comment proudly.”
I am a painter from Riga, Latvia – a country by the beautiful Baltic Sea in the Northern part of Europe.
My paintings tell the stories of my life. A memorable conversation with a dear friend that stays in my mind as “that night when I used the Italian tablecloth”, a hike around the mountains meeting amazing people and thinking about it on the way back on a “ferry on a lake”, a crazy trip during which my lunch was the only constant – “pasta forever”. And more.
At a young age, I started with painting over the basement walls of my parents’ house in an attempt to copy old masters and learn. It led to painting on porcelain under the apprenticeship of the Doctor of Arts Inese Brants of the Academy of Arts in Latvia during my teenage.
Starting from the year 2014, I was lucky to exhibit in castles and manors across Latvia and in 2015 March received an Excellence award at an international All Women 2015 art exhibition.
In 2015 summer, I was honored to join a group of Latvian professional painters of various associations at one of the most known plein air gatherings in Vestiena, Latvia. Because of time spent there – head and heart full of new knowledge and ideas – by autumn I was a student at the University of the Arts in London – Central Saint Martins, learning about painting techniques and colors with Rodger Gill.
A year later I met a Latvian-American painter who shared about his studies at the Art Student League of New York in 70’ties. It led me to the Art Student League of New York in January 2017 for the Anatomy and Drawing course with Peter Cox.
I now study oil painting techniques with Valery Baida, a graduate of the prestigious Russian VGIK and a member of the Artists Union of Russia.
Over the last years, I’ve exhibited at 19 art shows in Latvia, the US (NYC), Italy, and various online art exhibitions. My paintings have been a choice of art collectors from Canada, Germany, Latvia, the Netherlands, Italy, Russia, the UK, and the US. Paintings are available online at Saatchi Art Gallery, at my studio in Riga, Latvia, and at the Valentinarte Art Gallery in Bellagio, Italy.