🌻The Revolutionary Student🌻
✨Atlanta Born Art, Atlanta Born Artist✨
“Black Children, Keep Your Spirits Free”
“-I am Black. I am beautiful. I am brilliant.
I am strong. I am radiant. I am an Artist-”
~ Diana Imani
Diana Imani was born August 1998 in Atlanta, GA. She has lived on the Southwest side of Atlanta her entire life. She first found her voice and inspiration while studying IB Visual Art at Campbell High School in Smyrna, Ga. In 2018, Diana Imani graduated from Oxford College of Emory University where she received her Associates of Art. She then continued, to Emory University where she majored in Biology and minored in Spanish language and culture. In her lifetime, she has faced and conquered many socio-economic obstacles. It is not the obstacles that she allows herself to be defined by, but rather her wit and hustle to overcome them.
Diana Imani’s body of work explores a variety of different concepts related to culture and the black experience. Most notably it investigates, the raw form, experience, and expression of Black Women. Her work has evolved since the start of her exploration. From her free flowing and abstract forms in her earlier works to her more realistic style of painting, she has always relied heavily on her use of medium, line, and color theory to deliver her message. In her manifesto she states, “I do not paint to win the approval of others, or for people to praise me about my work being visually appealing”. She paints her experiences and the experiences of those around her. She paints a feeling. She paints to express the things that can not otherwise be described with words. She uses her art to speak with her heart when her tongue is stricken silent. She believes that Art is not something to be sealed in a case and gawked at by people who can simply “afford” it. But that, it is a raw sentiment that should be interacted with, worked with, and analyzed in context. Not in a manner so far removed from its original element that it becomes overanalyzed, distorted, and appropriated to represent the ideas of mainstream culture.
“I do not paint to win the approval of others, or for people to praise me about my work being “visually appealing”. I paint my experiences and the experiences of those around me. I paint a feeling. I paint to express the things for that I can not otherwise seem to find the words. I use my art to speak with my heart when my tongue is stricken silent. Art is not something to be sealed in a case and gawked at by people who can simply “afford” it. It is a raw sentiment that should be interacted with. It should be worked with. It should be analyzed in context. Not in a manner so far removed from its original element that it becomes overanalyzed, distorted, and appropriated to represent the ideas of mainstream culture.” - Diana Imani