Diana de Avila & Patrick Lichty

Techspressionist Salon #37 – February 16, 2022
Moderator: Davonte Bradley

Sarasota, FL USA

Diana de Avila is an award-winning artist who has acquired savant syndrome and synesthesia. Her artistic gift arrived suddenly and explosively after a relapse of multiple sclerosis and worsening traumatic brain injury (TBI) in 2017. These injuries drastically affected her vision and cognition and compelled her artistic emergence and the creation of a body of work numbering over 1200 pieces of digital art. She creates cosmic digital art rooted in fractal geometry, where quantum physics, chaos theory, and divine order converge. All this without any formal training. Diana creates digital art in both moving and still formats. She has found her largest collector base within the world of Crypto Art and NFTs. Diana is the subject and co-author of her new book Soldier, Sister, Savant, which shares the story of her artistic genius and samples of her art from 2017 to early 2021.

WEBSITE: https://www.dianadeavila.com/
INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/_dianadeavila/

Winona MN USA

Patrick Lichty is a media artist/designer/animator, theorist, and curator of thirty years who works in areas of mediation, virtuality, experimental media, media archaeology, and activism. He has an MFA in Computer Art from Bowling Green State University, and is currently an Assistant Professor of Mass Communication at Winona State University. He is known for his work solo and with collectives such as RTMark, The Yes Men, Pocha Nostra, Second Front, Manifest.AR, Shared Universe, NPTeam, and editor of the journal, Intelligent Agent, produced by Christiane Paul. He is an Alpert/Calarts Fellow, Honorable Mention for Ars Electronica’s Golden Nica, and has had work included in bienniales including the Whitney and Venice.

WIKIPEDIA: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patrick_Lichty
WEBSITE: https://www.patlichty.com/
INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/patlichty_art/

Techspressionist Salons are bi-weekly artist meetups where artists can present their work and discuss matters relating to art and technology. They are attended by artists listed in our Techspressionist Visual Artists Index and are also open to interested individuals on our mailing listThe First Techspressionist Salon was held on September 1, 2020, and included artists Colin Goldberg, Patrick Lichty, Steve Miller and Oz Van Rosen, as well as group advisor Helen Harrison.  During this session, the working definition of Techspressionism was decided upon by the participants as: An artistic approach in which technology is utilized as a means to express emotional experience.”

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