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Diane Rolnick was born in New York City where her art-loving grandmother took her to museums as soon as she could walk, encouraging her interest and knowledge of the fine arts and dance at an early age. Dance and art competed for attention until she left the dance world to focus on fine art in college.  Her education includes two degrees from Rhode Island School of Design, a BFA in Painting and a Masters in Art Teaching.  Diane lived in Italy for two years and spent many years in the Boston, Philadelphia and  New York areas before moving to New Mexico 20 years ago. 


The artist has shown her work extensively in the United States and is in private and corporate collections in the US, Europe, and Asia. Her work was most recently exhibited at the Pippin Gallery in "Monotypes and More" and The Fallbrook Arts Center (CA) in "Transforming Ink.  Exhibitions in Santa Fe include The Zane Bennett Gallery, The Santa Fe Convention Center Community Gallery, New Concept Gallery, The Wiford Gallery, The Governors Gallery, and The Santa Fe Community College Gallery.  Diane’s work was included in the 2012 New Mexico Showcase at 516 Gallery in Albuquerque and “Pure Paint II” at the Henry Gregg Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, in 2009


Teaching positions have included: University of New Mexico, Santa Fe Community College, The Institute of Indian Arts, College of Santa Fe, The Albuquerque Museum, and Artisans “The Art Spot.”  She currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico in a new house built and designed by partner, Bill Kleinschmidt and herself. 




Education: Rhode Island School of Design:  BFA, Painting; MAT

                        Drexel University, Cornell University


Selected Exhibitions:

2019   "Open Source", Los Angeles Center For Digital Arts

2018   "Exquisite  Corpse",  Santa Fe Community Gallery, NM

2015   "Narcissus", Santa Fe Community Gallery, NM

2014   Monotypes and More, Pippin Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2014   Transforming Ink, Fallbrook Art Center, Fallbrook, CA

2012    New Mexico Showcase, 516 Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

2011   “34x34”, Scripps Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM

2010  “Pollination”, Santa Fe Community Arts Gallery, SF, NM

2009  “Pure Paint II”, Henry Gregg Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2009   Zane Bennett Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2008  “Voices Against the War”, New Concept Gallery, SF, NM

2007-08  “Love Amour” project, SF, NM

2007  “Strange Weeds”, Chicago Art Fair

2004  “Unheard Voices Speak-Out: 2000-04”, Some‘ Gallery, SF, NM

2004  “Divergent Talents”, Governors Gallery, SF, NM

2000  “Past, Present, Future”, Collage of Santa Fe Gallery, SF, NM                  

1998  “Seeing Red”, Nabisco Gallery, East Hanover, NJ

1997  “Animal Kingdom”, New Jersey Center For Visual Arts, Summit, NJ

1997  “Sentimentality and Brutality”, Hudson Guild Gallery, NYC, NY

1996  “End of the Millennium”, Watchung Art Center, Watchung, NJ

1996  “Art New Jersey”, Ben Shaun Galleries, NJ

1995  “Maximum Capacity”, Art Initiatives, NYC, NY

1994  “Garden Fresh”, Trans Hudson Gallery, Jersey City, NJ

1994  “The Definitive Decade”, Aljira Gallery, Newark, NJ

1993  “Passion - On - The- Hudson”, AJ Lederman Gallery, Hoboken, NJ

1992  “Art for Art Sake”, Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ


Selected Bibliography

2013   Interview on DYI, Creative Santa Fe, by Luke Fannin, 

2008  “Voices Against the War”, The Magazine

2004  “Artist Takes multimedia to New Level”, “Rio Grande Sun”

2003  “Duct &Cover”, THE Magazine

2000  “Open House Will Feature 40 Foot Rolnick Mural”,  “Rio Grande Sun”

1999  “Hernandez Artist is Nonstop”, “Rio Grande Sun”

1999  “Conversations With Artists”,  “Santa Fe Reporter”

1999  “Rolnick, Stevens in ‘A Dialogue Among Peers’” ,“The Santa Fe New Mexican”                  

1998  “Diane Rolnick’s Art Uses Animals as Metaphors”, “The Santa New Mexican”

1998  “Metaphors for the Wilder Side of Human Life”,  “The  New York Times

1996  “NJ Artists Find Forum at College Galleries”,  “The Star Ledger”

1996  “Showing the Nightmare”, “Hudson Current”

1995  “Artist at Work:  Images of Lisa”, “Hudson Current”

1994  “Garden States of Mind”, “The Bergen Record”

1994  “Garden Fresh Proves That Presentation is Art”, “The Jersey Journal”

1994  “Making a New Soho”, “The Hoboken Reporter”

1993  “Passion-On-Hudson at Gallery in Hoboken”, “The New York Times

1991  “Artist Puts Work on the Block”, “The Jersey Journal”



1995  “Artist -in-Residence, Profiles of Hoboken Area Artists”,                                      

1993  Riverview Cable interview                                                                                      

1989  Work included in Moody Blues music video                                                          


Selected Collections

Mr. Richard Brown, New Jersey        

BISYS, Mr. Lynn Mangum, New Jersey

Mr. Ib Andersen, Arizona           

Ms. Terry Ryan, Paris,

Dr. Larry Guiffa, New Jersey

Mrs. Joan Budish, NYC

George Gerard Associates, NYC                                

Dr. Michael Rosenblume, Santa Fe, NM

Dr. John Fox, Espanola, NM                         

Ms Sakiko Arai, Tokyo, Japan

Mr. Jeffrey Patton, Florida

Mr. Eric Imhoff, Switzerland

Dr. Peter Watt, Belfast , Ireland

Mrs. Leigh Cohen, New Jersey

Mr. and Mrs. Tom Benz, NYC           

Richard Silberman, NYC                             

Dr. Debbi Haase, Houston, TX

Mrs. Sophia Cuyegkeng, Tokyo, Japan               

Mr. Wally Sargent, Santa Fe, NM


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