Diane Appaix-Castro is a French and Spanish sculptor and experiential installation artist born in Paris, France, and grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts from age four, and is currently based in New Orleans, Louisiana. She received a BFA from The New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University and an MFA in Sculpture from Tulane University in May 2022. In 2020 she was awarded first place in DIY Art for the show titled Reconnecting in Quarantine at Tulane Hillel. In 2021 Diane received the SLA Graduate Student Summer Research and Write-Up Fellowship Grant and participated in the Southern Heat Exchange Online Residency.
Her work is strongly informed by her experience as an immigrant living at the intersection of three distinct cultures. Aspects of her practice involve researching cross-cultural scientific and philosophical thinking, marine biology, and outer space to expand her vision of the possible as well as wonder what may lie beyond the limits of our perception. Additionally, Diane looks to and questions western empirical science and the scientific method. Her work is presented as sensorily complex universes, worlds, and experiences. While science is the guide of her practice, the suspension of disbelief and world-making opens the door to possibilities beyond what science can currently offer. Diane wants to point at that door and acknowledge that there is more outside of what our bodies can interpret to create a deeper empathy for the unknown.
Additionally, Diane curates and manages the art gallery, Studio Appaix located in her home.