Selected Biography

Diana Shpungin is a Brooklyn based, Latvian born American multi-disciplinary artist who works in drawing, sculpture, installation, and hand-drawn pencil animation. She has been exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibitions in both national and international venues including: The Bronx Museum of Art, Bronx, NY; Sculpture Center, Long Island City, NY; Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson, AZ; Bass Museum of Art, Miami, FL; Locust Projects, Miami, FL; Franconia Sculpture Park in Minneapolis, MN; Fieldgate Gallery, London, England; Futura Center for Contemporary Art, Prague, Czech Republic; Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan; Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, France; Invisible Exports, New York, NY; Marc Straus Gallery, New York, NY; Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL; Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY; Galerie Zurcher, Paris, France; Site:Lab, Grand Rapids, MI and The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT. Her work will be the subject of a solo exhibition Always Begin At The End at Smack Melon, Brooklyn, NY in 2022.

Shpungin was awarded the 2019/20 Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant and the 2017 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Sculpture. And has also been the recipient of awards, fellowships and residencies from The Foundation of Contemporary Art, The MacDowell Colony, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, CEC Artslink, Dieu Donne, Bronx Museum AIM Program, Art Omi and an upcoming residency at The Swatch Art Peace Hotel in Shanghai. Her work is included in numerous public and private collections in the United States and abroad.

Shpungin’s work has been reviewed in publications such as Artforum, Flash Art, New York Magazine, Art in America, Art Papers, Sculpture Magazine, The New York Times, Timeout New York, Zing Magazine, Bloomberg, Timeout London, Connaissance des Arts, Le Monde, The Brooklyn Rail, The Boston Globe and The Miami Herald among others. Her work was the subject of PBS’s Art Assignment, Object Empathy and was cited in the introduction of Jerry Saltz’s book Seeing Out Louder. An extensive hardcover book was published in 2016 documenting Shpungin’s monumental project, Drawing Of A House (Triptych) and a book documenting Shpungin’s solo exhibition Bright Light / Darkest Shadow, a decade of hand-drawn animation at MOCA Tucson was published in 2021 with essays by Ginger Shulick-Porcella, Lisa D. Freiman and Richard Klein.

Born in Latvia’s seaside capital of Riga under Soviet rule, Shpungin immigrated as a child to the U.S. where her family settled in New York City. She received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York, NY and is currently an Assistant Professor at Parsons: The New School for Design in New York City.