Ellen Dieter

Ellen Dieter
Media : acrylic, mixed and oil
SDMAAG Member : Artist Member
SDMAAG Member Since : 2012

Artist's Bio


Ellen Dieter has cultivated a lifelong synthesis of aesthetic vision, innate talent, and technical expertise that has helped her become a prolific and admired artist here and abroad. Dieter discovered a thirst for creative exploration early in life. As a natural master of texture and color, Dieter has nurtured her gift for artistic expression that has earned her international recognition and taken her around the globe.


A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Dieter began her studies at the Cooper School of Art. Her work there earned her a place at the Cleveland Institute of Art.  Upon completing that phase of her education, her artistic passion carried her across the Atlantic to Paris, where she studied at L’Ecole des Arts Appliques. During the next ten years, Dieter’s work was successfully represented at several solo exhibitions throughout France and established for her a reputation for elegant forms, economy of line, and remarkable control of the brush.


In 1989 Dieter moved to San Diego. The change of environment revitalized her unending quest for artistic expression and communication. She immediately began creating provocative and innovative pieces for both her own solo shows and for multiple-group exhibits. She also began to immerse herself in the local creative and performing arts communities such as City Moves and The Old Globe Theatre.


Dieter was invited by the Alexander Salazar Fine Art Gallery to be the artist-in-residence in November of 2011.  Since then Alexander Salazar Fine Art Gallery is representing her in San Diego.

In 2007, Dieter opened a studio in Honolulu Hawaii, where she travels frequently during the year. In 2011, she signed with The Cedar Street Gallery of Honolulu. The soft richness of the islands contributes to her ever evolving quest of capturing life as Dieter knows it.


Over the years, Dieter has facilitated art workshops, taught art to both adults and children, performed as a dancer for City Moves Dance Foundation, and volunteered for such organizations as SDAI, SDMA, and MoPA. She was the company manager for the world-renowned Old Globe Theatre and continues to support these organizations with donations and volunteer work.


Dieter’s style has continually evolved. The richness of her contemporary palette has developed over years of artistic inquiry, and she counts O’Keefe, Modigliani, Kandinsky, and others as equally powerful influences. Her work glows with rich and vibrant color and evokes timeless themes juxtaposed with reflections of memory—memories from her extensive travels throughout North America, Europe, Australia and Africa as well as her interpersonal journeys closer to home. Dieter’s paintings are a rare and extraordinary fusion of technical skill and artistic abandon. Her organic compositions capture the ephemeral vitality of modern life.