Diana Shpungin is a Brooklyn-based artist born in Riga, Latvia. Her conceptual work— which encompasses ideas of mortality, memory, fate, longing and apprenticeship—is highly obsessive and is balanced someplace between the poetic and the rational. Shpungin’s solo exhibitions include Drawing Now: Diana Shpungin and Amelie Chabannes, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris (2012); and (Untitled) Portrait of Dad, Stephan Stoyanov Gallery, New York City (2011). Her group exhibitions include Furniture, Invisible Exports, New York City (2012); Drawing Now: Video, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris (2012); and Video/NY, Futura Center for Contemporary Art, Prague (2010).

Shpungin has been awarded residencies by The MacDowell Colony (2012); VLA Art & Law (2012); Artist in the Marketplace, Bronx Museum of Art (2012); In Process, The Carriage House, Islip, NY (2011); and received the Florida Atlantic University Distinguished Alumni Award (2010). Publications include Artforum, New York Magazine, Zing Magazine, Art in America, and Bloomberg Art News. Shpungin received her M.F.A. in Fine Arts from School of Visual Arts and her B.F.A. in sculpture from Florida Atlantic University.

During her Swing Space residency at Governors Island, Shpungin will develop a multi-art drawing, sculpture and animation project surrounding ideas of personal histories, memory, nature and mortality.

Image credit: courtesy of the artist