Diana Solís: Painter and Art Educator
Photo by Víctor Espinoza
Diana Solis was born in 1956 in Monterrey, Nuevo León, México and raised in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood. In 1997, she received her BFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She began her career as a documentary photographer. However, she was inspired to pursue painting while studying under Kerry James Marshal. Her experience as an arts educator and community-based artist spans more than thirty years. According to Ms. Solis, "The importance of teaching and providing art to our community is an invaluable resource; it pushes against the tide, providing infinite possibilities of being."
Diana's photography, mixed media, works on paper, and most recently her illustrations have been exhibited throughout the United States, Mexico, Spain and Germany. Ms. Solís lives in Chicago working as an artist-in-residence in Chicago Public Schools and in community-based after school programs in conjunction with Pros Arts Studio where she holds a position as a visual artist.