Diana-Sofia Estrada is a visual artist based in Los Angeles, California. She received her BFA in Painting/Drawing and BA in Psychology from the University of North Texas; she received her MFA in Art from the California Institute of the Arts. Estrada’s work questions ideas of visibility, accessibility, and subjectivity to interpret everyday events through drawings, installations, and video. Inspired by mathematical concepts such as exponential growth, fractions, and graphs, Ms. Estrada creates an inquisitive environment in the class of how math is used in art. Students have experienced activities such as graphing for murals, perspective drawing, and tessellating a square to create their own art creating a deeper understanding on how math surrounds us.
Estrada believes anyone can create art and a path to engage students who might be hesitant in creating art is through measuring and graphing. Using optical art (Op art) as a technique to engage students to create art, the topics can be connected to what students are already learning in their other classes. In Estrada’s classes, skills such as how to use a ruler and how to create depth with the distance created between lines contributes to student knowledge. Students are allowed to explore these skills in various applications.
Estrada believe students can learn just as much from their fellow students as from the instructor. Having taught in various communities, Estrada finds each one has their own needs. She has taught at various schools in Houston, Texas and Los Angeles, CA: The Museum of Fine Art Houston, McGroarty Art Center in Tujunga, Theatre of Hearts Youth First, and Loyola Marymount University.