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About the Artist

Diana Leigh Surma (Tacoma) was born in 1986. Her abstract works incorporate acrylic paint on canvas, paper collage and cotton and polyester thread. Diana began her college career as an architecture student at The Cooper Union where she studied from 2004-2006. In 2010, she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Painting from Hunter College.

While at Hunter, Diana studied under painters Emily Mason and Robert Swain. Both artists cultivated her ongoing interest in color theory and color field painting. Her influences include Josef and Anni Albers, Al Held, and Julie Mehretu.

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