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Diana is an artist who works in a

variety of media. She is a Saori weaver,

textile artist, painter and collage artist.

But she always returns to her first love: assemblage and dioramas.

Ms. Laufer studied art, set design,

graphic design and architecture at

UC Berkeley graduating with a degree

in design. She worked as an art director

and graphic designer for advertising

and packaging within the entertainment

industry. Diana has written and illustrated

2 award winning children's books

published by Penguin Random House.

She has also designed sets for an

independent Los Angeles theater

company. All the while creating her

whimsical dioramas in her art practice.

Artist Statement

"Art is a fantasy house built on a real

foundation. It is a conscious act of splendor

and dementedness of over-reaching" 

~ Jerry Saltz

As a child of a Holocaust survivor,

I was raised amid fear, distrust and anxiety.

Art has always been my escape

to a safe and happy place. My dioramas

are self-contained imaginary worlds

where anything is possible. Found

objects, nostalgic toys, fabric and paper

scraps, painting and collage all come

together to create a fantasy wonderland.

As my days are absorbed in political

activism regarding climate, climate

justice, and equality for women, race

and gender, I find balance in creating.

And in this insane world we currently share, don't we need more purveyors of whimsy

and wonder?

Exhibits and Features:

2024, April, "Lost and Found", La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles

2024, March, "Precious Metal", Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco

2024, January, "Surreal Salon", Baton Rouge Gallery of Contemporary Art

2023, December, Featured artist in "What Women Create" Magazine

2023, November, "Our Community", Leanna Lin's Wonderland, Eagle Rock

2023, August, Featured Artist and Artist Talk, El Segundo Library

2023, July, "Survival is Insufficient", Trash Lamb Gallery, San Diego

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