18th Street Pilsen Open Studios
Every participating artist is asked to talk about their connection to Pilsen. And if new to the neighborhood, to describe what drew them here.
This is what Diana shares with us:
"I am a life long Pilsen resident and full time professional artist. I am also an arts organizer and a teaching artist in community-based arts programs in Chicago area public schools. I also work on installation and mural public art projects in collaboration with local and national artists. "
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ARTIST BIO & STATEMENT
Diana Solís is a visual artist and art educator who received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her work has been exhibited widely throughout Chicago in various galleries, alternative spaces, and museums. Her public art work include Caracol for the Chicago’s Park District’s Burnham Wildlife Corridor Gathering Spaces and El Abrazo phase I and II murals, a collaborative project with artists Eric J. Garcia and Katia Perez Fuentes for the El Paseo Community Garden in the Pilsen Neighborhood. Her work is part of the permanent collection at the National Museum of Mexican Art, and has shown nationally at different universities, museums, and galleries including the National Hispanic Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and internationally in Barcelona, Berlin, and Mexico City.
As a visual artist, I work in a wide range of media from comics, Illustration, painting, drawing, printmaking, and public artwork by way of Installations and murals. My work explores issues of immigration, communication, gender, our relationship to the environment. Often through whimsical and imaginary scenarios and anthropomorphic characters. Many of my paintings and drawings are reminiscent of children’s storybook illustrations, where the intimate and fantastical reside along-side, one another.