de’Angelo Dia uses photography, performance art, and creative writing to investigate public opinion and contemporary beliefs in order to catalyze dialogue around and public concern for cultural, social-political, and theological issues. Dia has studied art in Athens, Greece, Guadalajara, Mexico, and Nairobi, Kenya. He received a Bachelor of Science in Applied Communication and Sociology from Appalachian State University, a Master of Arts in Literature from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a Master of Divinity from Union Presbyterian Seminary. His artistic influences include Martha Cooper, Lynda Barry, ethno gothic literature, and neo-Appalachian art. Dia is an alumni artist-in-residence of the McColl Center For Art + Innovation, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts + Culture (Artist Roundtable). He is also a member of the Goodyear Arts collective based in Charlotte, NC.
photo by Tracy Watts