Donna Demente

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About Donna Demente

Born Auckland 1968, Donna Demente graduated from Elam School of Fine Arts in 1987.

Since 1990 Demente's work has been exhibited at Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Eastern Southland Public Gallery, Robert McDougall Gallery, Forrester Gallery and Aigantighe Gallery. She has also received commissions from Te Papa Tongarewa, where her works have been exhibited since 2001.

Several of Demente's works are held in the collection of the Wearable Arts Museum, Nelson and have toured internationally. Since moving to Oamaru in 1995, she has enhanced the cultural essence of the Victorian precinct, and established an annual Midwinter Masquerade Festival and Summer Arts Carnival. Demente's neoclassical portraits retain a haunting uniqueness.

Wearable Arts Awards 1991 - Supreme Award Winner 1996 - Wedding Section Winner 1997 - Directors Choice Award Winner 2003 - 'Ikowimono' submitted to the creative Excellence section for ex-winners and judges

Since 1990, Demente has been involved in numerous community performance projects, artist's collectives, annual festivals and events, establishing and directing many of these in the Otago region.

Moving to Oamaru in 1995, she has dedicated herself to enhancing the cultural essence of the Victorian precinct, and established an annual midwinter asquerade festival, plus a Summer Arts Carnival. Demente is a sculptor, painter, and performance artist - she is best known for her lacquered, papier-mâché sculptures of Greek goddesses and carnival characters - icons that are familiar in Dunedin's cafes and restaurants, and adorn public places in Oamaru.