Diana Dávila Casasnovas
San Juan, P.R., 1962
San Juan, P.R., 1962
Sculptor, ceramicist, jewelry designer, draftswoman, 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. In 2019 she received an award to intern at the Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont, USA. She has taught at the Art Students League of San Juan, Universidad del Sagrado Corazón and at Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico. In 2017, she was accepted as a member of the International Academy of Ceramics, AIC-IAC located in Switzerland. She has shown her work in several solo and group exhibitions in Puerto Rico, United States 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 ceramics, the predominance of blue and green hues and by the configuration of interconnected forms in her compositions.
Memories, sensations, thoughts and emotions intertwine, and they convert in forms during the creative process. Magically, something intangible gets filtered and materializes bodily, impregnated of energy in our space and dimension.
Our physical, emotional and spiritual journey through this space and time we call life, nurtures my artistic expression. The synchronizes that lead to our encounters and experiences inspire and touch me; these suggest a web where various energetic planes converge from where we are guided.
The sensations of the movement of the sea and its colors are present in my work. Images that resemble ships, maps and bridges; symbolically represent the evidence of our steps and encounters we treasure.
I transmute the flow of the energies that I feel that surround us, to the language of form, color and imagery with which we can connect and feel.
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.
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.
Catálogo Muestra Nacional de Arte, Programa de Artes Plásticas, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, Antiguo Arsenal de la Marina Española, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2013.
“Bayamón abre un espacio emergente para artistas”, Ciudad de Bayamón, Abril 27, 2015.
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.
Benítez, Marimar. “La Flota de Cerámica”. Visión Doble, Revista Digital, January 15, 2014.