Diane Di Bernardino Sanborn is a contemporary American abstract artist of Italian ancestry whose work reflects her personal observations. An intuitive painter, Sanborn's work references back to Expressionism, Surrealism, respecting the mastery of Matisse and the whimsy of Miro. A highly skilled colorist, she works the paint, using symbols, shape and line to both delight and surprise the viewer. She provides her audience an uncertain step into the space somewhere between inner and outer realities. Originally from Chicago, she now lives and works in Scottsdale, Arizona. Her degrees include an MFA in Drawing and Painting, from Governors State University IL, a BS Art Ed. from Illinois State University and an Associates Degree in Art Transfer Studies, Triton College, IL. She had the opportunity to study with Professors Emeritus, Harold Gregor and Kenneth Holder during her stay at ISU. Her work is nationally recognized and has been shown in several university galleries as well as in public and private collections.
She is the founder, and director of BRIO Fine Arts, (2004 - 2014) an organization dedicated to fostering creativity and the arts education of hundreds of students in the southwest. She also is a juror and a curator for area art exhibits. Ms. Sanborn is the recipient of an Ox-Bow residency through the School of the Art Institute, and has been nominated from the AZ Governors Best in Arts Education. In 2012, Diane was recognized as Outstanding Professor of Glendale Community College where she currently teaches. Sanborn was a summer artist in residence at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA.