Daina Mattis (b. Los Angeles) is a Brooklyn based visual artist who creates drawings, paintings and sculptures that examine the representation of visual language and how the viewer mitigates the marriage of image, process and concept. Her choice of materials and imagery creates subdialogues connecting time, patterns and humanity, as well as exploring innovative methods of visual communication. These works aim to expose not what we are looking at but how we are looking. Mattis is the youngest of four children to Lithuanian immigrants. Her experiences in a bilingual, culturally rich home in Los Angeles greatly influence her work and how she explores visual language.
Mattis has exhibited nationally as well as internationally and her work is found in many private and public collections. Notable exhibitions include the Everson Musuem of Art, Syracuse, NY; The Charles Allis Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI; Art Miami - Context, Miami, FL; The Cooper Union A.I.R. Exhibition, New York, NY; St. Thomas Aquinas Collage Gallery, Sparkhill, NY; Marymount University of California, Sand Pedro, CA; Mt. San Antonio College, Walnut, CA; High Noon Gallery, New York, NY; Sara Nightingale Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY; J. Cacciola Gallery, New York, NY and Frances Keeving Gallery, Sydney, Australia. Mattis has instructed as an Adjunct Professor at Syracuse University, as a Visiting Professor at Kutztown University, PA, and as a drawing instructor at The Cooper Union Outreach Program. She is currently an Adjunct Professor at The New School, Parsons in Manhattan. Mattis is represented by High Noon Gallery in New York, NY and Sara Nightingale Gallery in Sag Harbor, NY.
MFA - Syracuse University
BFA - Laguna College of Art & Design
Sara Nightingale Gallery
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