SSF 2016 Featured Visual Artist Diana Escamilla

Diana Xiomara Escamilla, better known as DXE, is a South Florida local artist that follows a combined form of expressionist and surrealist imagery expressing cultural and autobiographical themes that are both current and relative to her persona. DXE’s work can be classified into her learned passions and the stigmas associated with growing up in the 21st century. The most prominent aspects of her work are the vivacity of her choice in colors as well as the lack of boundary she’ll express on a canvas. DXE’s work ranges from murals, to canvas, to photography. Throughout the entirety of her work she invites her observers to come along on her journey through life.

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Whether she's hosting a spoken word event, music festival, or playing the role of a santera or vixen, Deborah Magdalena makes every emotion super real. This performance artist has acquired impressive TV & Film credits for the past twenty years including Sesame Street (CTW), Apollo Comedy Hour (Tribune Entertainment), Safe Harbor (Warner Brothers), Striptease (Castle Rock), Holyman (Caravan), and For Love or Country (HBO). As a published spoken word artist Deborah has released three CDs, a chapbook, and the spoken word musical FUNKdalena. As an artist-activist she’s the founder of Spoken Soul Festival, a twelve year old, three-day festival that helps women artists go from novice to professionals. As an educator Deborah for the past eight years has led in-school presentations in numerous high schools for the National YoungArts Foundation, is the co-founder of Piano Slam, and led various workshops for local art organizations like Miami Light Project and Institute of Contemporary Art Miami. Most recently and for the seventh year in a row, she was invited by the Arsht Center and Ailey Arts & Education Foundation to serve as the Creative Communication instructor for Ailey Camp Miami.

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