Deana Khoshaba. American. Chicago. b. 1967
Deana Khoshaba is an intuitive and physical painter, who uses solvents, brushes, palette knives, rags, and even her fingers to sculpt a painting into existence. Khoshaba’s approach varies from visceral and action-oriented to meditative and cerebral, often within the same painting.
In her early life, Khoshaba studied music, managed a garage band, worked as a hair stylist, and earned her doctorate in clinical psychology. A critical turning point came in Khoshaba's thirties, when she experienced a series of life altering events that resulted in a spiritual renewal. These experiences led her, a decade later, to return to the arts full-time. “It was more a spiritual imperative than a choice. I needed to paint. After years of meandering, I surrendered to my calling and delved headfirst into painting. I have been painting seriously for about six-years and continue to study.”
Khoshaba loves music, with an eclectic mix of tunes always playing in her studio. She paints with deep emotion and prays before starting a session, though once at the palette, she is a scientist mixing luscious oil paint, grinding powdered pigments, and exploring mediums that permit her to push the boundaries of what can be achieved in a painting. “When you know the rules, but are willing to take risks, you can move beyond formulaic practices to create interesting effects, and intoxicating vibrancy and luminosity in a painting. The search for beauty haunts me.”