Dae is an imaginative realist painter born in Hawaii to migrant parents from Cuba and India. Raised with a passion for culture and environment, she’s evolved masters’ classical oil painting techniques into otherworldly and imaginative works.
Dae studied classical painting techniques at the Georgetown Atelier in Seattle, WA. Since graduating she has been working diligently in her studio to bring fourth postcards from another world.
With the idea that artists are a mirror of their culture, my paintings represent media influences through the lens of the looking glass.These paintings explore the earth because we deal with an obsession with technology while attempting to connect with celestial realms. They transcend Stepford because we are transforming the definition of relationship while trying to swim with mermaids.
With each painting, I have the opportunity to create a world that can challenge the influx of information presented by the media. My process takes that everyday noise and transforms it into mindfully thought-provoking pieces. Through hours of processing media and compiling still images, digital studies are created and then transformed into realistic paintings.
Born in Hawaii to my Indian father and Cuban mother, I was spirited away from these magical lands before the age of eight to grow in the suburbs of Central Florida. Since then, I’ve had a fascination with visiting other realms. Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland and J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World have always made perfect sense to me.