Diana DeSantis, a graduate of the Parsons School of Design, also attended Traphagen School of Design. In 1989, she began attending the Arts Student League, where she was awarded a one-year scholarship and studied with David Leffel and Harvey Dinnerstein.
Diana’s article as a silver medal award winner appears in the April 2008 issue of the Pastel Journal. “Keep It Simple” was published in “American Artist” Magazine in the March 2006 issue. She was the featured artist in an international pastel exhibit in Verbania Italy, from July 28, 2000 through August 15, 2005. She became the cover artist in the June 2004 issue of “The Pastel Journal”, her article appears inside. Her landscape paintings were on exhibit at the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia, concluding a 2002 traveling exhibit in Normandy France and five museums in northern Italy. One of Diana’s portraits is a five year Smith Kramer traveling exhibit and being shown in 14 museums internationally. Diana’s article “Find a Great Subject Anywhere” was published in Pastel Artist International 2000. Her article “Cast a Colorful Shadow” was published in the Artist’s Magazine September, 2000. Diana’s painting “Ainat” was in the top ten in the “American Artist” National competition, October 1997 issue. Her article, “Create Stronger Hands”, was published in the January 1997 issue of “The Artist Magazine”. Three of her portraits were included in the “Best of Pastel” 1998 and 1986 editions, and “Pastel Impressions” 1997 edition by Rockport Publishers. Her portrait of Augusta Gulden the mustard heiress hangs in the Gulden Memorial Pavilion in Sourthside Hospital Bayshore, N.Y.
A lover of plein air painting, her landscapes are in many private collections. Diana is affiliated with the Francesca Fine Art Gallery & Portraits North, and The Behr-Thyssen Gallery in New York. Diana is an official Coast Guard Artist. Her name is listed in Who’s Who in “American Art”. She has had ten solo shows and received 15 gold medals and over 200 awards.
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