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Dancing through Shanghai——by David W. Dieter

While living in Shanghai, California artist David Dieter, has been inspired by China’s customs, the community’s love of dance, and Shanghai’s neighborhoods. In a variety of different works and styles, he combines his passion for painting dancers and musicians with images of Shanghai’s residents and settings creating contemporary images of China with a western flare.

David W. Dieter has exhibited his art in the US, Italy, China, and Thailand. His mixed media process includes oil and acrylic painted over canvas collaged with calligraphy and found papers. He has been painting since an early age and has displayed his art from the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts to the Dashanzi 798 Art District in Beijing. His art history, fine art and design studies include UCLA, UC Irvine and Art Center College of Design. He has instructed at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and owned an award-winning design firm in San Francisco from 2000-2006. Currently, David works from his studio in Shanghai, China.

Times:July 26, 2008 – September 17, 2008
Destination: 50/F, 728 Po Dong Ave, Novotel Atlantis Shanghai
Address: 50/F, 728 Po Dong Ave, Novotel Atlantis Shanghai

In 2006 - 07, San Francisco emerging artist, David W. Dieter, traveled the world to explore the concept of 'Return to Pangaea' - the human race unifying together faster due to technology, migration and the cross-pollination of cultures. His recent paintings utilize dance as a metaphor to illustrate 'Pangaea Swing'. He is influenced by the human form in classical and contemporary dance and its relationship to its environment.

He draws inspiration from local and international dancers in their natural and unnatural settings. David's art is mixed media utilizing acrylics, paper, pastels, wood and collage in his paintings while exploring form, movement, emotion and the relationship of dancers to each other and the world around them. He combines traditional dance with new forms creating a hybrid style.

David has been painting since primary school and displayed his art at an early age at the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts as well as the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. He has displayed his art globally in Italy, Thailand, the USA and China. He attended UCLA, UC Irvine and Art Center College of Design and holds 2 degrees in Fine Art and Art History. He has instructed at the San Francisco Academy of Art and currently lives and works at his studio in Shanghai.


2007 July: World Dance, LaBella Studio, Shanghai, China

2007 June: Individual Presentation, Pecha Kucha, Shanghai, China

2006 October: World Sketches, Riomaggiore, Italy

2006 February: Pangaea Swing (Series 1), Margin Art, Beijing, China

2006 January: Esarn Movement, Nadoon, Thailand

2005 November: Works on Display, Open Studios, San Francisco, USA

2005 September: Park Dance, Tryptych Gallery, San Francisco, USA

2003 May: Collections, Int. Convention Center, San Diego, USA

1997 May: Exhibit Award, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, USA