• Jornada del Séptimo Oleaje

    “Jornada del Séptimo Oleaje”

    Date 2012
    Dimensions 14" x 18" x 3"
    Category Sculpture
    Medium Stoneware, glaze, slip, brass
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 21st Century
  • En La Tercera Latitud

    “En La Tercera Latitud*”

    Date 2012
    Dimensions 12" x 18" x 4"
    Category Sculpture
    Medium Stoneware, glaze
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 21st Century
    Collection *Translate: In the third latitude
  • Migratoria

    “Migratoria*”

    Date 2014
    Dimensions 12" x 20" x 4"
    Category Sculpture
    Medium Stoneware, glaze
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 21st Century
    Collection *Translate: Migratory
  • Hacia la estrella de Regulus

    “Hacia la estrella de Regulus*”

    Date 2014
    Dimensions 40" x 72" x 2"
    Category Sculpture
    Medium Stoneware, glaze
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 21st Century
    Collection *Translate: Towards the star of Regulus
  • Travesía Iluminada

    “Travesía Iluminada*”

    Date 2015
    Dimensions 12" x 20" x 3"
    Category Sculpture
    Medium Stoneware, glaze, LED lamp
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 21st Century
    Collection *Translate: Illuminated journey
  • En Busca de Rumbo

    “En Busca de Rumbo*”

    Date 2014
    Dimensions 36" x 36" x 2"
    Category Sculpture
    Medium Stoneware, glaze
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 21st Century
    Collection *Translate: In search of a course
  • Testigo de La Travesía

    “Testigo de La Travesía*”

    Date 2105
    Dimensions 26" x 28" x 7"
    Category Sculpture
    Medium Stoneware, glaze, iron and wood
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 21st Century
    Collection *Translate: Witness to the journey
  • Viajeros Todos

    “Viajeros Todos*”

    Date 2014
    Dimensions 72" x 26" x 4"
    Category Sculpture
    Medium ceramic, glaze, drawing, Plexiglas, brass and copper
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 21st Century
    Collection *Translate: All travelers
  • Eterna Viajera II

    “Eterna Viajera II*”

    Date 2014
    Dimensions 21" x 28" x 5"
    Category Sculpture
    Medium Stoneware, glaze, iron, copper and silver
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 21st Century
    Collection *Translate: Eternal Traveler II
  • Vasija para Ulises

    “Vasija para Ulises*”

    Date 2015
    Dimensions 22.5" x 11.5" x 7"
    Category Sculpture
    Medium Stoneware, slip and oxides
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 21st Century
    Collection *Translate: Vessel for Ulises
  • Jornada del Séptimo Oleaje
  • En La Tercera Latitud
  • Migratoria
  • Hacia la estrella de Regulus
  • Travesía Iluminada
  • En Busca de Rumbo
  • Testigo de La Travesía
  • Viajeros Todos
  • Eterna Viajera II
  • Vasija para Ulises

Diana Dávila Casasnovas

Santurce, PR, 1962

Biography Details

Sculptor, ceramicist, jewelry designer, draughtswoman, painter and teacher. Dávila earned her BFA at The University of the Arts and a certificate in fine arts at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1985). In Puerto Rico, she continued her studies in Education at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus and took workshops in drawing, painting and ceramics with artists Bernardo Hogan, Jerry Bennett, Luis Ivorra, Ricardo Tena, Joe Carolffi, Gerda Gruber, John Balossi, Loraine de Castro, Frank Cervoni and Raúl Zayas. She has taught at the Art Students League of San Juan, Universidad del Sagrado Corazón and currently at Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico. She has shown her work in several solo and group exhibitions in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Spain, including the International Festival of Postmodern Ceramics of the Croatian Ceramic Association (2005). Dávila’s sculptural work is characterized by the use of cement, the predominance of blue and green hues and by the configuration of interconnected forms in her compositions.

Artist Statement

For me, the creative process, the act of creating through the plastic arts, is a meditative process. During the process, instant images, thoughts, and interwoven emotions are joined together and transformed into the manual labor of creating forms. I explore the theory that we are not alone, that there is an order of which we are part of and in which we are agents of change and evolution.

In my visual style, the sea, as a space that connects us and where trends that visit us flow, is intertwined with images of bridges, reflections, nautical charts, vessels and faces. As a metaphor, these images represent our interaction during the travel of this space and time. If we receive instructions or not, where they come from; if the path is traced or not, if it can be changed, they are unanswered questions that form part of the design of the work. The material that I choose to work and manipulate the process is the portal between our space and time and the dimension from where we are guided and inspired.

Diana Dávila, June 6, 2015

Formation

Education

2000-2005

  • Glazes for ceramics workshop. Professor Bernardo Hogan, El Trapito Art Shop, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2001

  • Ceramics workshop. Professor Jerry Bennett, Toni Hambleton’s Studio, Cayey, Puerto Rico

2000

  • Ceramics workshop. Professor Luis Ivorra, Liga de Arte de San Juan, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1995

  • Silversmith workshop. Professor Ricardo Tena, Taller de Bellos Oficios, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Rio Piedras, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1993

  • Courses in Education. Universidad de Puerto Rico Río Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1992

  • Mold techniques workshop. Professor Joe Carolffi, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

1989

  • Ceramics workshop. Professor Gerda Gruber, Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico, San    Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Ceramics workshop. Professors John Balossi and Loraine de Castro, Liga de Arte de San Juan, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1985

  • Fine Arts Certificate. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
  • BFA, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

1980

  • Drawing and Painting workshop. Professor Frank Cervoni, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1978

  • Painting workshop. Professor Raúl Zayas, Liga de Arte de San Juan, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Professional Experience

2000-Presente

  • Ceramist. Puerto Rico
  • Painting Professor. Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1995-Presente

  • Design and manufacture of artistic jewelry. Puerto Rico

1994-2003

  • Art Professor. Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1990-1998

  • Sculpure Professor. Liga de Arte de San Juan, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1986-1995

  • Graphic Design. Puerto Rico

1989-1994

  • Scenography painter. Puerto Rico

Exhibitions

Solo Shows

2007

  • Ofrendas, Galería 356, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2004

  • Bienandanzas y Otros Recorridos, Citibank Puerto Rico, Atrio Citigroup Center, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2002

  • Entrespacios, Diseño Isleño, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2001

  • Medio Mixto, Diseño Isleño, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1999

  • Centros, Diseño Isleño, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1998

  • Fragmentario, Diseño Isleño, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1997

  • Amuletos, Diseño Isleño, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1996

  • Acrobacias y Malabares, American International Plaza, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1994

  • Fábulas, Galería Lumore, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1990

  • Pinturas y Esculturas, Liga de Arte de San Juan, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1988

  • Dibujos en Pastel, Café Alejandro, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1987

  • Dibujos en Pastel, Galería de Telemundo, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1986

  • Dibujos en Pastel, La Rotisserie Club, Hotel Caribe Hilton, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Sensum, Liga de Arte de San Juan, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Group Shows

2015

  • Ecléctica, Espacio Emergente, Bayamón, Puerto Rico
  • DanzArte Colectivo de Coreógrafos y Artistas Plásticos, Centro de Bellas Artes Luis A. Ferré, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Solo con barro, Museo de Arte de Bayamón, Bayamón, Puerto Rico
  • Muestra de Arte Nacional de Puerto Rico, Arsenal de la Marina Española; Museo de Casa Blanca, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2014

  • Elite-Tile 2014, Trienal Mundial del Tile Cerámico, Museo de Arte Moderno, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Barro: Una Celebración, Museo y Centro de Estudios Humanísticos Dra. Josefina Camacho de la Nuez, Universidad del Turabo, Gurabo, Puerto Rico
  • Flota de Cerámica, Centro de Bellas Artes Luis A. Ferré, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2013

  • Muestra de Arte Nacional de Puerto Rico, Antiguo Arsenal de la Marina Española, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2012

  • IV Bienal Internacional de Cerámica de Marratxi, Ayuntamiento de Marratxí, Mallorca, Spain
  • Colectiva de Cerámica, Ciudadela de Santurce, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2011

  • En-Cuadrado/doce ceramistas, Galería 778, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2010

  • Memorias, Galería Brio, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2009

  • Espacios Líquidos, Liga de Arte de San Juan, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2008

  • Congelado Por el Fuego: Casa Candina y la Cerámica Contemporánea Puertorriqueña, Museo de Arte de Ponce, Ponce, Puerto Rico

2007

  • Colectiva de Cerámica Contemporánea, Galería Gandía, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2005

  • Cerámica Multiplex, International Festival of Postmodern Ceramics, Croatian Ceramic Association, Varazdin, Croatia

2004

  • Premio Casa Candina de la Cerámica Contemporánea Puertorriqueña, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2002

  • Maestro Arte-Arte Maestro, Galería de Arte, Universidad  del Sagrado Corazón, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1993

  • Asociación de Mujeres Artistas de Puerto Rico, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico

Collections

  • Espacio Emergente, Bayamón, Puerto Rico
  • Museo y Centro de Estudios Humanísticos Dra. Josefina Camacho de la Nuez, Universidad del Turabo, Gurabo, Puerto Rico
  • Museo de Arte Moderno, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 
  • Museo del Fang, Mallorca, Spain
  • Parque de la Laguna del Condado, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Museo de Arte de Ponce, Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • Colegio de Arquitectos de Nuevo León, Monterrey, Mexico
  • Museo de la Ciudad, Varazdin, Croatia
  • Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Hospital Episcopal San Lucas, Ponce, Puerto Rico

Bibliography

Newspapers

Alegre Barrios, Mario. “Diana Dávila y sus metáforas de vida”. El Nuevo Día (San Juan, Puerto Rico), 16 de diciembre de 2004, p. 3.

 

Colón Camacho, Doreen. “Trascendental la conciencia ecológica de Diana Dávila”. El Nuevo Día (San Juan, Puerto Rico), 4 de enero de 1995, pp. 106-107.

 

“Espacios creativos”. El Nuevo Día (San Juan, Puerto Rico), 23 de noviembre de 2002, p.6.

 

Magazines

Dávila, Diana. “La Ingeniería y Agrimensura en la perspectiva escultural”. Revista Tecnomundo, Vol. 1, Núm. 9, Año 2003, p. 5.

 

Vega, Georgina. “La Bienal de Concreto”. Revista Caras de Puerto Rico, Año 14 (2003), Núm. 09, p. 88.  

 

Web

Catálogo Muestra Nacional de Arte, Programa de Artes Plásticas, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, Antiguo Arsenal de la Marina Española, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2013. http://www.icp.gobierno.pr/documentos/mna/Catalogo%20MNA%202013.pdf 

 

“Bayamón abre un espacio emergente para artistas”, Ciudad de Bayamón, Abril 27, 2015. http://www.municipiodebayamon.com/bayamon-abre-un-espacio-emergente-para...

 

Catálogo de la exhibición Barro: Una Celebración, Museo y Centro de Estudios Humanísticos Dra. Josefina Camacho de la Nuez, Universidad del Turabo, Gurabo, Puerto Rico, 18 de octubre de 2014 al 18 de enero de 2015.  http://tonihambleton.com/uploads/images/CatToniTuraboFacingE.pdf  

 

Benítez, Marimar. “La Flota de Cerámica”. Visión Doble, Revista Digital, January 15, 2014. http://www.visiondoble.net/2014/01/15/la-flota-de-ceramica/