Diana De Santis, a graduate of the Parsons School of Design, also attended Traphagen School of Design. In 1989, she began attending the Arts Students League, where she was awarded a one-year scholarship and studied with David Leffel and Harvey Dinnerstein.
Diana’s article “Find A Great Subject Anywhere” was published in Pastel Artist International 2000. Her article ”Cast a Colorful Shadow” was published in the Artist’s Magazine September, 2000. Diana’s painting “Ainat” was in the top ten in the “American Artist” National Competition, October 1997 issue. Her article, “Create Stronger Hands”, was published in the January 1997 issue of “The Artists Magazine”. Three of her portraits were included in the “Best of Pastel” 1998 and 1996 editions, and “Pastel Impressions” 1997 edition by Rockport Publishers. Her portrait of Augusta Gulden the mustard heiress hangs in the Gulden Memorial Pavilion in Southside Hospital, Bayshore, N.Y.
A lover of plein air painting, her landscapes are in many private collections. Diana is affiliated with the Francesca Fine Art Gallery & Portraits North.
Diana De Santis has had eight solo shows and exhibits at Nassau County Museum of Art, Heckscher Museum in Huntington, The National Arts Club in Gramercy Park, Manhattan, Pastel Society Showings in France, Italy and Russia during 2002.
Her name is listed in Who’s Who in American Art. Received 10 Gold Medals and over 200 awards including Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, The Anna Hyatt Huntington Horse’s Head and Bronze Medal Society of Illustrators, The Norman Rockwell Museum Award.