Dianne M. Soffa has a B.F.A. from the University of Texas and an M.F.A. in painting from the University of Wisconsin. She has shown both nationally and internationally, with a recent one-person exhibition at the Macay Museum of Contemporary Art in Merida, Mexico. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin and maintains studios both in Madison and at Safi Studios in Milwaukee’s Third Ward. Soffa's current work is color-driven abstraction, exploring pure color and pushing both surface and the boundaries of the canvas.
After completing her M.F.A. in 1988, Soffa spent several months in Merida, Mexico, where she had her first professional studio. In Merida, she focused on transitioning from art-school to the professional work of a painter, producing a series of abstract paintings, some of which are now in the collection of Sandbox International and other private collections in the Midwest. Upon returning to the U.S., she showed her work throughout the Midwest and at Chicago’s Drive-Thru Studios, a gallery focusing on contemporary art and fresh approaches to painting. She also became a founding member of the Curved Collective, a group of Madison artists dedicated to transforming vacant commercial spaces into temporary galleries, coinciding with the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art’s gallery night events. The Curved Artists also presented mobile galleries in a U-Haul truck, which traversed the city on gallery night.
Most recently, she has shown her work at Safi Studios in Milwaukee’s Third Ward, where she is one of the artists in residence. Artists at Safi Studios undergo an intense show schedule, where they present new work every three months, which they have compared to art “boot-camp.” Safi Studios emphasizes contemporary painting, as well as new amalgams of painting, sculpture, and video in collaboration with video artists and sculptors.
Soffa's work has been included in the Dean Jensen Gallery’s BBSB Show in Milwaukee, which features the work of new and emerging contemporary artists. In 2013, she had a one-person show at the Macay Museum of Contemporary Art in Merida, Mexico.