the artist

Diane Burko

Diane Burko

Philadelphia, PA

Diane Burko

How do you visualize change?  Diane Burko takes up the challenge in Antarctica Quartet.

On a visit to Antarctica near at the bottom of the world, she observed firsthand the devastating workings of climate change, the unstoppable melting of glaciers, and the calving of icebergs.  Our first response to these white, blue, and grey landscapes is to admire their beauty, and only then do we realize the artist is bearing witness to a world in the process of breaking up.

Fast Facts

Name: Diane Burko

Website: and

Place of Birth: New York, New York

BS – Painting and Art History, 1966, Skidmore College
MFA – Graduate School of Fine Arts, 1969, University of Pennsylvania

Notable or memorable instructors or mentors:
Arnold Bittleman, Art Professor, Skidmore College
Edna Anrdada, Artist and friend for over 40 years
Marian Locks, Art Dealer and supporter for over 40 years

Particular field of study or class work:

Major influences/admired artists:
Turner, Bierdstadt, Moran, Church, Van Gogh, Manet, Monet, Courbet, Bonnard, Morandi, Faifield Porter, Dekooning, Alex Katz, Ansel Adams

Favorite materials or media:
Oil, Oil, Sticks, Acrylic, Slr Cameras

Gallery Representation (when Convention Center acquired artwork):
Cindy Lisica Gallery, Houston And Lewallen Galleries, Santa Fe

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