Diana Leviton Gondek

Chicago, Illinois| dianalevitongondek@gmail.com

Artist Statement

Art is created in stories. Stories are created in art. My paintings have their foundation in stories of my life told in bold, engaging one-act canvas. How each tale is received and the meaning conveyed is left to those experiencing my work.

Years of watercolor influence have welcomed new freedoms created by the addition of thin layers of oil and mixed media – as all our life stories are ingrained with many layers. Original. Individual. Unique. Our past and where we may go. 

Influence also comes from my daughter. Diagnosed with epilepsy at age 22. Influenced in life and art.

Diana majored in Fine Arts and went on to become Art Director at Northwestern University. She is back to Fine Art, well established in the Chicago art scene with numerous group shows, solo shows, gallery representations, and multiple publications, including two book covers. CBS News has also done several special segments on her and her art. 

She has designed and painted public art pieces owned by United States Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel and Chicago dignitaries. The Special Olympics commissioned Diana to create a painting to be used nationally and internationally to promote their 50th Anniversary. The painting is now owned by Timothy Shriver in DC. Most recently, she co-chaired an art exhibition at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art for Special Olympics. She also has work in the permanent collection at the Chicago History Museum.

Diana has sold artwork outside of the US in Ireland, Germany, and the Netherlands. She has also exhibited at art fairs in Busan, Korea, New York City, the Hamptons, London, and Art Basel Miami for the last four years.