Biography

 

Marina DiMaio is a multidisciplinary visual artist, arts administrator, and instructor based in Victoria, BC – on the traditional lands of the Lekwungen speaking peoples. She holds a BFA with a Studio Concentration from the University of Calgary, and an MFA in Visual Arts from the University of Victoria. Her creative practice incorporates installation, weaving, painting, drawing, printmaking, video and sound in an interdisciplinary approach to an exploration of spirituality and immersive space. At the heart of Marina's work are practices based in slowness, silence, stillness and simplicity  in mindful ways of being in the world that might open us up to "the unseen", to experience the space of the horizon line.

 

Marina has received numerous scholarships and awards for her creative research, including a University of Calgary PURE award for undergraduate research, the University of Calgary Silver Medallion in Art, and a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship awarded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. She was recently awarded an Early Career Development Grant by the BC Arts Council to work as a Curatorial Assistant at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria on a major research, publication and exhibition project titled, In the Present Moment: Buddhism, Contemporary Art, and Social Practice. She is also a regular Faculty Member at Vancouver Island School of Art, and her work is held in the collections of the Nickle Galleries and the Glenbow Museum.

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