Diana Solis

Fruta de nopal, Felicidad – acrylic, ink, watercolor pencil

Diana Solís, a Chicago-based artist and art educator, was born in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico, in 1956. She holds a B.F.A. in Photography from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Solís began painting in 1990, and her art includes installation, assemblage, printmaking, and mixed-media works on paper. Solís has been a guest artist at the School of the Art Institute, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Columbia College. She has taught workshops and classes as an artist-in-residence for the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Chicago Park District. Her paintings have been exhibited locally, nationally, and internationally, in both solo and group exhibitions including the Centre Civic Barceloneta, Barcelona, Spain; the Museo de Bellas Artes, Toluca, Mexico; Palacio de Gobierno, Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico; and in the Chicago area at Artemesia Gallery, ARC Gallery, the Aldo Castillo Gallery, the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum (now the National Museum of Mexican Art), the Museum of Science and Industry, Noyes Cultural Art Center in Evanston, and Woman Made Gallery, among others.

In describing her recent work, Solís states, “The subject matter varies and is often rooted in biographical and fictional histories, narrative, and metaphor associated with transformation and change. Recently, I have been incorporating more of the figurative element within my work. Many of the figures are anthropomorphic, mythological, and whimsical in nature.”

© Diana Solis