Diana Guerrero-Maciá

Professor, Fiber and Material Studies, Painting and Drawing

Diana Guerrero-Maciá has been teaching at SAIC since 2001. She took her sabbatical during the 2022 Academic Year.

Diana Guerrero-Maciá creates collage-based hybrid paintings that allude to cultural references including the sampling of databases, the structural forms of modernism, and the pictorial space of medieval art. Her material choices and processes are combined in a way that demonstrates that art is an essential part of the life of the mind and the body. The haptic moments of touch revealed in her materials, compiled over years, and folded into colorful abstractions, hold time. Color and decoration, in all their expansiveness and elusiveness, are integral to Guerrero-Maciá’s work. As a child of exile, she recognizes that history, form, and identity are ever-changing, and her art champions transformation.

 Guerrero-Maciá is a United Artist Fellowship Nominee, Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award winner, Illinois Arts Council Fellow, MacDowell Colony Fellow, Phillip Morris Foundation Fellow, and a Guggenheim Fellow in Fine Arts. Her work has been exhibited at Artpace, San Antonio, TX; The Bronx Museum of the Arts; Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis; Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA; Elmhurst Art Museum, IL; Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago; Kohler Museum of Art, Sheboygan, WI; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. She has also created multiple public art commissions for the Public Art Fund, NYC, and the City of Chicago.

Guerrero-Maciá is represented by Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, and Traywick Contemporary, Berkeley, CA.


1992 MFA Painting, Cranbrook Academy
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
1988 BFA Visual Art and Art History, Villanova University

Notable Classes Taught:

Advanced Painting
To Dye For
The Unpainted Picture