Daphne Arthur (b. 1984, Caracas, Venezuela) is an Afro-Venezuelan multidisciplinary artist whose work mobilizes unconventional materials and processes to transform the ephemeral into something concrete. Fluctuating between the experimental and methodical, she combines painting, sculpture, and drawing with smoke, paint, and clay to compose realist and surrealist scenes that investigate individual and collective history, language, symbolism, and memory. She is currently based in New York, where she also teaches at York College, Brooklyn College and Tufts SMFA University.
Daphne's Upcoming Workshops
Students have formal training in critical issues of 2-D art making, experience with public critiques and a solid portfolio of their artwork.
Aug 7 - 11, 2023
Creating Symbols and Narrative in Painting
This workshop explores the fundamental properties of symbolism and developing narrative within paintings to convey imagery through the lens of radical and historical gestures and signifiers. We examine the figure in painting, photography, art history, and literature and use these examples as sources for live model sessions, studio practice, and discussions. Students work on self-directed projects but are also prompted with exercises and ideas to consider. They participate in one-on-one and group discussions and individual critiques with the instructor. Students are asked to be actively involved in a dialog to discuss and develop their research, methods, and practice.