Donnabelle Casis is a Filipina American artist living and working in Florence, Massachusetts. She earned a BFA in Painting from the University of Connecticut and an MFA in Painting at the University of Washington. Her work has been included in group and solo exhibitions at Platform Gallery, LABspace, Readywipe, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Carroll and Sons Gallery, Andrew Edlin Gallery, Howard House Contemporary Art, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Historic Northampton Museum, Hampden Gallery at the University of Massachusetts, Wing Luke Asian Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, Bellevue Art Museum and Center for Contemporary Art (CoCA), among others. She received numerous awards and grants including the Neddy Artist Fellowship for painting granted by the Behnke Foundation, a New Works Laboratory residency from 911 Media Arts Center in Seattle, an Artist Trust Gap Grant, Northampton Arts Council Grants, and she was a Pollack-Krasner Foundation Grant Finalist. Her work is included in several public and private collections.
"My paintings explore the relationship of personal identity and ritual to visual systems of signification in both ancient and modern cultures. Through the use of patterns and geometry, I reassemble disparate and discrete iconographic sources into unified compositions as an analog of cultural hybridity. Large and small, intimate and vast, they are part of an expansive framework of disperse elements. Filipino tribal tattoos and textiles, trajes de luces (suits of light) or bullfighting costumes, and facial recognition software, inform my aesthetic decisions. Filipino tribal imagery is tied to storytelling, marks of accomplishment, and societal roles. Spanish bullfighting costume colors and embellishments have deep ties to familial history and status. Facial recognition software maps physical characteristics which determine one’s visual identity. I filter these and other images to create my own configurations rich in a variety of interpretations."