Diana Sorkin Featured in Industry Magazine
On Jan 15, 2013, at 7:33 AM, Regina Cooper of Industry Magazine wrote:“I’ve always believed that art should appeal to its audience—making them think, feel and wonder. Therefore, to me art is always a meaningful experience,” says Diana Sorkin, Principal Artist and Owner of Diana’s Murals and More. Sorkin, who originally hails from Moscow, Russia, embarked on her career as a mural artist at the age of 16. Her first commission was for a holiday mural, which featured 38 life-size figures. It adorned a wall of a school in Brooklyn. “That’s when I fell in love with the medium,” reveals Sorkin, whose passion and talent has since then blossomed into a successful business creating custom design murals, sculptures and decorative finishes for both commercial and residential clients throughout New York City.The versatile artist, who works in many mediums including everything from watercolors and acrylics to metal, received a classical art education while she was in Russia. Upon arriving in the United States in 1983, Sorkin continued her art education Pratt Institute, where she thrived on the richness of global art and architecture. While there she studied graphic design and communication design. Upon graduation, the artist spent some of her early career designing graphics for fortune 500 companies.
Murals & More
“I’ve turned to painting murals because it’s a creative, rewarding and liberating experience,” says Sorkin. “It allows me to create fantasy. I can tell a story, change the mood of a room or use different techniques and optical effects such as trompe l’oeil.
Sorkin’s sense of proportion and color enables her to design both commercial and residential spaces. Some commercial projects include trendy restaurants BESO and Bayou, as well as Relax on Cloud 9 spa, the United States Coast Guard and the Stanford White landmark, which was built in 1892. “This was a fascinating experience because it marked my first opportunity with a big architectural project,” says Sorkin.
Although Sorkin has created a diverse range of murals for various clients, her greatest passion is creating murals for children. She often creates whimsical themes for nurseries and playrooms. “I always add special touches and hidden details to bring the murals to life and spark imaginations,” reveals Sorkin, whose work includes lots of motion.
Working with children has certainly taken Sorkin in a new direction. Beyond her role as a mural artist, Sorkin works as a teaching artist. “I welcome the opportunity to share my lifelong passion with the next generation of Michelangelos. I try to encourage them to be creative and be fearless—to understand the world around them as well as within.”
Sorkin, who is credited with lots of awards over the years, is most proud of metal sculpture named “The Dance of Life.” The mobile sculpture, which was a commission from the Jewish Community Center, represents unity of male and female. “I consider myself a painter, so I was proud of this project because it was out of my comfort zone.”
Her award winning projects include a range of chic restaurants, serene spas, community centers and schools to private residences, child care facilities and office spaces. Among Sorkin’s achievements was being named winner of the Hudson-Shatz poster contest and Channel 13’s Statue of Liberty contest. Sorkin also received the Saint Gaudens award and one of her sculptures was cast in bronze and placed at The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York City.
Sorkin’s work is priced affordable and begins at $500 and goes up from there depending on the size and detail of the project. She also offers innovative decorative finishes for homes.
This accomplished artist will continue to cultivate ideas for new projects. She concludes, “Art is a source of endless inspiration.”
Diana’s Murals | Custom Mural Painting in New York City
Diana’s murals and sculptures add beauty, individuality and style to local residences, corporate offices and public spaces. Diana works with home and business owners that are looking to bring beauty and style to their spaces, and helps them design and create a look that is personal, memorable and affordable.
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