About the Artist - Diana Hobstetter

EMAIL dhobstetter@earthlink.net
1964 Born, Maryland
1982-1986 BOWDOIN COLLEGE, Brunswick, Maine BA in Fine Arts. Graduated Cum Laude. Included a semester at Syracuse University, London, England.
1997 "Camouflage Paintings", THE PRINTING STUDIO, Venice, CA
1995  'Sex, Saints and Suicides', VAN GO'S EAR, Venice, CA
2001 "GAGA for LALA", EYE FIVE GALLERY, Los Angeles, CA
2001 "Off the Hook: The Mixed Messages of Prostition", SK GALLERY, Venice, CA
2000 "Work in Progress, Work on Paper", SANTA MONICA FINE ART STUDIOS, Santa Monica, CA
2000 "Another Round", THE BREWERY, Los Angeles, CA
2000 "1st Annual Juried Show", PATRICIA CORREIA GALLERY, Santa Monica, CA
1999 "Open House", SANTA MONICA FINE ART STUDIOS, Santa Monica, CA
1999 "5 Year Anniversary Show", HALF A DOZEN ROSE, Venice, CA
1999 "Creative Capabilities", THE BREWERY, Los Angeles, CA
1999 "A Woman's Work Is Never Done", THE LOFT, San Pedro, CA
1999 "The Media Room", WCA NATIONAL CONFERENCE, Los Angeles, CA
(included Judy Chicago, Betye Saar, Eleanor Dickenson, amongst others)
1998 "Open Studios", SANTA MONICA FINE ART STUDIOS, Santa Monica, CA
1998 "Comment and Celebration", CALSTATE FULLERTON, Fullerton, CA
1997 "WomanCulture", UNITY ARTS CENTER, Los Angeles, CA
1997 'Uncensored Women', SCWCA MEMBER SHOW, Los Angeles, CA
1997 'Dark Vision II', DARK'S ART PARLOUR,North Hollywood, CA
1996 'Mend, Create, Continue', CALIFORNIA MEDICAL CENTER, Santa Monica, CA
1996 MAINE COAST ARTISTS, Rockport, Maine
1994 'Portes Ouvertes' (Open Studios), Conflans Ste Honorine, France
1993-1994 AVISO ARTS ASSOCIATION, Conflans Ste Honorine, France
1986 BOWDOIN COLLEGE, Brunswick, Maine
1985 LEIGHTON HOUSE, London, England
1996-1998 "A People Palette"", BEAN QUEEN, Venice, CA
1996-1997 Open Studio: Artists Online, a program to get artists on the internet, funded by the National Endowment of the Arts, the Benton Foundation, and Break Away Technologies
1997 'Dark Vision II' catalogue
1996 'A People Palette', article, ART COMMOTION, online magazine
1996-1997 Southern California Women's Caucus for Art (SCWCA), Executive Secretary
1996-1997 National Artists Equity Association
1996  Painting class, Venice Dream Team
1997 Web design, Open Studio Program
1997-1999 BLACK REBEL DIGITS, Venice, CA. Web design.
1997 THE COMPUTER LADY, Santa Monica, CA. Web design.
1997 DEANNA IZEN MILLER GALLERY, Venice, CA. Consultant.
1997 GALLERY OF FUNCTIONAL ART, Santa Monica, CA. Temporary Assistant.
1995-2000 TECH III, INC, Graphic and web design.
1994-1995 ICE PRODUCTIONS, Paris, France. Vice-President, Productions. 
1993-1994 DOG FILMS, Paris, France. Producer. 
1992-1994 AVISO ARTS ASSOCIATION, Conflans Ste Honorine, France. Co-founder of non-profit arts organization.
1990-1991 THE ARTS COUNCIL OF GREAT BRITAIN, London, England. Assistant to the Director of Film, Video and Broadcasting. (The AC is the national funding body in the UK, similar to the National Endowment of the Arts in the US) 
1987-1990 THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS, London, England. Assistant to the Director of the Friends of the RA.
1986-1987 ANGELA FLOWERS GALLERY, London, England. Assistant.
1997-2000 see Tech III, Inc. for full listing and links
clients include: ABC7, E!Online, The VIC, Naked Juice, Southern California Women's Caucus for Art, Santa Monica Fine Art Studios, Perceptronics, Yoga Everywhere, and more.

A People Palette

Diana Hobstetter has been making art all her life. She began taking art classes at the age of nine, which she continued to take every year until she majored in Studio Art (Fine Art) at Bowdoin College.

After college, Diana Hobstetter moved to Europe, where she travelled, visiting many cultural sites. While in England, she worked in arts administration, seeing the inside of galleries, museums, and arts funding bodies, working to promote the arts. She created a number of abstract collages during this time.

From England, she hopped over the Channel to France to live on a boat on the Seine as part of an international artists' and musicians' community. With the other artists, she formed a non-profit arts organization to provide a forum for exhibitions, concerts, plays, and other events. Inspired by her surroundings, she began to paint more, creating series of paintings about life on the boats, with themes such as fire (the primary means of heating), rust (found everywhere on the boats), and the wild trees bordering the river. Later, she began to look within and develop a series of self-portraits, in which she returned to a more figurative and realistic style and confronted her darker side, thus using her art for personal growth as well as for aesthetic purposes. She also became involved in independent filmmaking at this time.

After nearly a decade abroad, Diana returned to the United States, this time to the West Coast and found a studio space above a friendly coffee shop. Because of the encounters with a wide variety of people in the Bean Queen coffee shop, as well as in Venice in general, Diana Hobstetter decided to paint the people and be able to use her art to promote humanitarian issues that have always been important to her.

In 1997, Diana participated in the NEA-funded Open Studio program for artists to learn to make websites, under which this site was initially created. She has been designing websites since then, which can be seen at TechIII.com.

Upon the close of the Bean Queen coffee shop in 1998, Diana had a studio for several years at Santa Monica Fine Art Studios, and now has a private studio. She has more recently worked on several new art projects, including "Fragile Flesh", "Memory Maps", and "Lemon Yoga" (www.LemonYoga.com). You can see more work at www.DianaHobstetter.com.