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David Diao

Chinese-American, b. 1943

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David Diao

Chinese-American, b. 1943

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David Diao, who first won acclaim and public attention with an exhibition at Paula Cooper gallery in 1969, has dedicated two decades to making his famous works riffing on famous Modernist paintings. These paintings borrow motifs and images from the works of artists like Ad Reinhardt, Jackson Pollock, Kasimir Malevich, and Barnett Newman, using catalogues, archival photographs, and ephemera as points of reference. Diao is known for his simplification of form, minimal compositions, and use of stylized text and typography. The resultant works are both tributes to and wry interrogations of the subject-artists’ careers. Beginning in the mid-2000s, Diao began to incorporate biographical elements in his work, around themes of his Chinese heritage, emigration, and displacement. His first exhibition in China took place in 2008.

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Biography

David Diao, who first won acclaim and public attention with an exhibition at Paula Cooper gallery in 1969, has dedicated two decades to making his famous works riffing on famous Modernist paintings. These paintings borrow motifs and images from the works of artists like Ad Reinhardt, Jackson Pollock, Kasimir Malevich, and Barnett Newman, using catalogues, archival photographs, and ephemera as points of reference. Diao is known for his simplification of form, minimal compositions, and use of stylized text and typography. The resultant works are both tributes to and wry interrogations of the subject-artists’ careers. Beginning in the mid-2000s, Diao began to incorporate biographical elements in his work, around themes of his Chinese heritage, emigration, and displacement. His first exhibition in China took place in 2008.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Top emerging
Emerging representation
Represented by up-and-coming galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
UCCA
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 3 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Whitney Biennial