Diana Bustos is a performing and visual artist currently based out of Portland, Oregon. Raised in the suburbs of northern California as one of the few “minorities” in her community, Diana explores themes of identity, place, gender, and race in her work. As the child of first and third generation latinx parents, Diana finds her location as the second generation to be one of complete mystery and vital importance. With roots in Michocan, Mexico, Diana is curious to explore the depths of her indigenous heritage and uses her art to reflect and bridge the chasm that lies in her xicanx identity. Having been raised on the “American Dream” and feeling the silent pain of assimilation, Diana’s work is a proclamation for what is, to be right here, now, living in both worlds.
She graduated from Santa Clara University in 2011 with a B.A. in Art Education and spent the past decade hustling as a receptionist, street canvasser, nursery school teacher, waitress, dance educator and independent artist. Although seemingly disparate experiences, every one has contributed to her character.
As a dancer, Diana has trained with companies like AXIS Dance company (Oakland, CA), DanceAbility (Eugene, OR), Ate9 Dance Company in Gaga movement methodology (LA), Ledges and Bones (SF, LA), Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian dance with Axé Didé (Portland, OR), and will be training in Ruth Zaporah’s “Action Theater” this spring. She also has a deep love for somatics, the Feldenkrais Method and mindfulness practices such as meditation and yoga.
It is Diana’s profound belief that movement lives across mediums and in every aspect of our lives if we choose to see it as such. Immensely grateful for her teachers and experience, Diana currently spends her time facilitating a dance collective at a local high school, making art and exploring her path as an expressive arts therapist.