Dianne Martia is an award-winning mixed media artist from the Chicago area who has exhibited internationally. She began painting at the age of 6 after receiving oil paints and an easel as a gift. Throughout her youth she attended art classes at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the American Academy of Art, while also studying classical piano for 12 years.
Dianne graduated cum laude with a B.A. degree in Graphic/Fine/Craft Arts from Columbia College Chicago. During that time she studied under Ed Paschke, Phyllis Bramson, Fred Berger, and Vera Berdich. She then studied medical illustration at the University of Illinois and earned an M.A.M.S. degree in Biocommunication Art. Over the years Dianne did creative work as a medical illustrator, computergraphics artist, media producer, graphic designer and editor. She returned to her love of fine art in 2003, and became a full-time artist in 2008.
Dianne works with oil and cold wax medium, acrylic, and collage; and in 2010 she created a field sculpture on 5 acres of farmland in Oregon, Illinois. She teaches classes and workshops, and facilitates an art studio and media lab for adults with developmental challenges. Dianne enjoys jurying and judging exhibitions, and has collaboratively curated shows. Her work is in private and corporate collections. She is represented by Woodwalk Gallery in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin.