My work attempts to shapeshift and transform fleeting moments of joy, isolation, power, and friendship into something more lasting and fluid. How can I make material these ephemeral experiences so that we can reflect on them, revisit them, and remember them in all their ecstasies and agonies?


— Dianna Settles

Dianna Settles is a Vietnamese-American artist in Atlanta, Georgia who received her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2014. Her current work explores moments of joyful stillness amidst the cascading series of crises called modern life, accomplished through her synthesis of traditional Vietnamese and classical European painting styles. 


Recent exhibition highlights include a solo show titled Olly Olly Oxen Free at Institute 193 in Lexington, KY and a group show with Gerald Lovell and Jurell Cayetano at MINT in Atlanta. As the inaugural artist of Living Walls’ international exchange program, she completed the 180' long mural To Our Friends / Á Nos Amis in Paris, France in July of 2019, adding to her portfolio of work as a muralist in Atlanta, Oakland, and Pittsburgh. She was a finalist for the 2019 Forward Arts Foundation Edge Award, and was recently accepted into the Atlanta Contemporary Studio Artist Program.


In addition to her own art practice, Dianna runs Hi-Lo Press, a print studio and art gallery in Atlanta.


Born in Los Alamitos, California in 1989

Lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia





BFA, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA


Solo Exhibitions



Institute 193, ‘Olly Olly Oxen Free’, Lexington, KY


Versa Gallery, ‘99 Flowers’, Chattanooga, TN


Hi-Lo Press, ‘99 Flowers’, Atlanta, GA

2015 Runaway Studio, ‘HI LO’, Pittsburgh, PA
2014 Octane, ‘Sudden Cinder’, Atlanta, GA
2012 Octane, ‘No Place Like Home’, Atlanta, GA


Group Exhibitions



MARCH, ‘Pre-Renovation Potluck’, Manhattan, NY


MINT Gallery ‘Jurell Cayetano, Gerald Lovell, Dianna Settles’, Atlanta, GA


Swan Coach House Gallery, ‘Nightwork: 2020 EDGE Award Exhibition’, Atlanta, GA


MINT Gallery, ‘Semblance, Juried Exhibition’, Atlanta, GA


Delaplane, ‘The One That Got Away’, San Francisco, CA


High Museum, ‘Of Origins and Belonging’, Atlanta, GA


(Mural) 10eme District, ‘To Our Friends | À Nos Amis’, Paris, France


Hartsfield-Jackson Intl Airport, ‘artintheATL’, Atlanta, GA


Factory Atlanta, ‘Art Crush’, Atlanta, GA


Trio Gallery, ‘In These Streets’, Athens, GA


Southern Exchange Ballroom, ‘Art Papers Auction’, Atlanta, GA


Collect on Sunday, ‘Bodies of Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow’, Atlanta, GA


Wish Gallery, ‘HER RITUAL’, Atlanta, GA


ADAC, ‘Hambidge Auction’, Atlanta, GA


Mammal Gallery, ‘WREKtacular’, Atlanta, GA


Zuckerman Museum of Art, ‘Time Like the Present’, Kennesaw, GA





Atlanta Contemporary Studio Artist Program





Forward Arts Foundation Edge Award