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Daggi Wallace

Artist Statement

“My work captures strong emotions, often fueled by social and political issues, emphasized by focusing mainly on the face. It is created in the spontaneous medium of pastel, often mixed in untraditional ways with other media. I am strongly influenced by my dual cultured life which translates into paintings that at times combine realism with abstraction.”


Born and raised in Berlin, Germany (b. 1962), and currently dividing her time between Los Angeles, CA, and Berlin, Daggi is mostly self-taught specializing in contemporary figurative realism and portraiture. She has reached the level of Eminent Pastelist of the International Association of Pastel Societies, Master Pastelist of the Pastel Society of America and Distinguished Pastelist of the Pastel Society of the West Coast.

Her work has been shown at the National Arts Club and the Salmagundi Club in NYC, the Butler Institute of American Art, OH, The Zhou B. Art Center in Chicago, The Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art and is in several permanent corporate and private collections, including The Bennett Collection of Women Realists. Galleries that have shown her work include RJD Gallery, NY, and Abend Gallery, CO. She has won numerous awards in national and international exhibitions. Her work has been published in many magazines and books, including Poets /Artists Magazine, American Art Collector, Southwest Art Magazine, Professional Artist Magazine (cover), International Artist Magazine, The Pastel Journal (cover) and Pratique Des Arts in France. Besides creating work for exhibitions and teaching workshops Daggi accepts portrait commissions throughout the year.