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Diana Kurz

Artist Biography

Diana Kurz has been an exhibiting representational painter since the 1970s—her subject matter has included monumental figure paintings, landscapes, still lifes, portraits, animal imagery, and a widely-exhibited series of works on the theme of the Holocaust. (She was born in Vienna, Austria and currently lives in Soho.)

Her art has been exhibited in over 30 solo shows and over 150 group shows in museums and galleries throughout the United States and Europe. Her work is in many distinguished collections including, among others: Bezirksmuseum Josefstadt, Vienna, Austria; Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, New York; Collection, City of Vienna, Austria; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Columbia University, New York, New York; Hudgens Center for the Arts, Duluth, Georgia; Jewish Museum of the City of Vienna; Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts; Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ; Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia; Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey; United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC; Wien Museum, Vienna, Austria; Yad Vashem Art Museum, Jerusalem, Israel.

Among the numerous awards and grants Kurz has received are: Fulbright Fellowship to France; American Center Residency in Paris; New York State Council on the Arts CAPS Grant; Austrian Federal Ministry of the Arts/VCCA Artist-In-Residence in Vienna; Atlantic Center for the Arts and residencies at Yaddo, McDowell Colony, Hambidge, and others.

She has taught studio art at Queens College, Pratt Institute, Philadelphia College of Art, Cleveland Institute of Art, Stonybrook University, Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Colorado, Boulder, and the Art Institute of Chicago.

She received her B.A. from Brandeis University and M.F.A. from Columbia University.


I have been a figurative/representational painter most of my career, working in oil on linen and usually on a large scale. My major theme is the figure (or animal) in relationship to the surroundings – both in terms of the underlying abstract composition as well as imagery depicted. The images in my paintings come from imagination, memories, my own photos, and are the result of preparatory drawings. The paintings always contain implied narratives of personal significance to me.

I work in oil paint on primed linen. Color is of utmost importance to me and I use it to build form, space and structure. The paint surface is built up in thin layers and glazes. Composition, color, space, relationships, etc. are of major importance to me and always underlie my work, no matter the overt subject matter.

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