Diane Marie Kramer- Bio
Intuition based painter, sculptor and photographer
“All of my work is conceived from within. Just as nature shapes through time its landscapes, I too have been shaped by my past experiences. I try to discern “the essence of things”. Intuition and dream states are channels through which I arrive at the form and content of my work. I am able to focus beyond the immediate visual reality and allow myself to enter a dream state. I am then able to cultivate my images, feelings and forms which connect me to the unconscious world where my images are developed. My work conveys the passage of time and inner worlds
Reflecting who I am as an artist and individual”. dmk
About Diane Marie
First generation American, Born in Detroit, Michigan.
After High School Diane relocates to Northern California where she begins a long journey studying the Visual Fine Arts.
Working towards her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Sacramento, CA she studied with many of the "California Funk Artists".
Following her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, she was accepted to study in Sacramento, and received a Master of Art, concentrating on painting and Clay sculpture. During this time she studied with Oliver Lee Jackson, Peter VandenBerge, and was introduced to other well known sculptors and painters work, some of which were, Manuel Neri, Joan Brown, Wayne Thiebaud, and Roy De Forest. Diane was selected to the Master of Fine Arts program in San Francisco and studied with Steven Destabler, a world known sculptor, and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture.
She specialized in mixed media sculpture and abstract assemblages using clay, metals, wood and found objects. This time period was a very experimental phase within her own work. After completing her Master of Fine Arts degree she decided to move from the city and relocate in the middle of a cherry and walnut orchard where she lived and worked as an artist. She began to teach many forms of visual art at art centers and special art programs and later on worked full time at a day school that used the arts for Behavioral Modification.
She served as the visual artist/instructor on board and worked with people who were cognitively, physically, emotionally, and behaviorally impaired.
Diane Returns to Michigan in 1997 and has taught at a variety of Art Centers, Colleges, after school programs, artist in residence programs, Privately and served as a teaching artist with VSA arts of Michigan. Currently, she is artist in residence at the Secunda Museum in Brighton, MI- under the "Arthurs Kids" grant based Art program.
Diane’s teaching career began as an undergraduate student at California State University, Sacramento. Since then, she has taught in the Fine arts, and has shown her work in areas such as: San Francisco CA, Sacramento CA, Philadelphia, Bradford PA, New Jersey, Washington State, Stockton CA, St. Louis, Hungary, Ireland, Germany, and now Michigan. Diane is a teaching artist and has greatly been gifted by teaching in an inclusive population: from children to adults.
In 1996 three of her Mixed media sculptures, “Dancing with fools” were used in a motion film titled, “A Devil takes a Holiday” with actor Victor Wong.
In 2004 she was invited to exhibit two sculptures and to teach a workshop demonstrating her teaching skills to teachers, administrators and artists from all over the world at the International Fine Arts Festival in Washington D.C.
In 2011 Diane had been invited to show exclusively at the University of Pittsburgh, Bradford and was sponsored by the Spectrum Series. “Rooted in Intuition” exhibit at the LOA Art Gallery including a Slide show and talk at Blaisdell Hall.
In March of 2012 Diane had served from March to June as Artist in Residence at the Arts Academy in the woods, MI.
2013 –2014 Diane was selected to serve as an Artist in Residence for VSA of MI and is working with a lovely group of young students with Autism. Following the residency she curates an art Exhibit for the young students.
2013-2014- -She has had several Solo shows-
Solo Exhibit- The Chambers of Commerce, Brighton, MI show runs from November 2013- March 14th 2014
Solo Exhibit- Gallery 194 "Visual poetry sculptures and painting by Diane M Kramer" July- August 2014.
2014-2015- exhibited two sculptures at the Oaken Transformation Sculpture and Poetry Park, Brighton, MI
2014 Diane was selected to exhibit her "Spirit warriors" in the 2014 Art Prize, in Grand Rapids, MI.
July-August- showed Exclusively - Solo Exhibit at Gallery 194, Lapeer, MI
_ 2016 and 2014
Diane was selected in a Juried sculpture exhibit at the Marshall Frederick Museum and will be exhibiting her sculptures.
You will not want to miss out on the "Winged Guardian" now on exhibit:a ten foot Ferro Cement sculpture by Diane M Kramer in downtown Brighton in the new Sculpture Garden until 8- 2016.
Brighton, MI. Please check it out!
one block NE of Grandriver on East Main St.
Brighton City Hall Main Lobby
"Deconstruction Construction" mixed media 4 panel painting by Diane.
2015- on Detroit Performs- public T.V - Diane is one of the featured Artists. Watch the Video Clip here:
2016 Solo Exhibit
"Rooted in Intuition series two- paintings and sculptures by Diane M Kramer-
Gallery Lansing, May 3rd - June 30th 2016
Artist Reception May 6th 6-8 P.M Free to public
119 North Washington Square, Lansing, MI. 48933
NOTE: Please know that most all of Diane's Work is available for high quality signed limited edition print.
Some Original art is available for purchase. Contact Diane for more information about pricing and payment plans.