Dianne Hebbert is a Nicaraguan-American artist working out of New York City. Raised in Miami, FL, she attended New World School of the Arts. She earned her BFA in painting from Purchase College in 2010 and MFA in Printmaking from Brooklyn College in 2016. She is a recipient of the Vermont Studio Center Fellowship and residency. In 2016 she had a solo show at Thomas Hunter Projects, Hunter College, New York. She has exhibited paintings and prints throughout New York, in Rhode Island, Virginia and Vermont. Dianne organizes exhibitions as well. She is an Emerging Leader of New York Arts Fellow for 2016-2017.

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I paint figures onto frosted mylar with flashe paint. The painted figures are then carefully removed from the rectangular format of the Mylar. Removing the images from a pictorial background allows the paintings exist as we do, constantly in motion and interacting with their surroundings. Exploiting the inherent qualities of the translucent material, the paintings hang like objects in space and are viewed as objects in the round. Each image exists as a discrete object and also as an installation. The artwork may be installed singularly or in flexible groupings, allowing a sense of play and recreating a community laden with nostalgia, personal interactions and social issues. I would like my work to act as a social mirror.

Exploring representations of presence, power, and identity my larger than life and life size portraits examine these dynamics through size and posture. Referencing my own experiences and background as a Nicaraguan American, my portraits are depictions of people from my life, individuals near and far, whom I love and admire. The biographies of these people are the reasons why I choose to paint them. I leave the interpretation of their physical appearance to the viewer.