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Dorothy Ries Faison is a multinational visual artist working within a revisionist historical narrative. Ries Faison works in a hybrid of the narrative, landscape and marine painting genres. An artist from diverse cultures, Ries Faison was born in New York, raised in Latin America, and moved to Hawaii at 13. In 2014 Ries Faison and her filmmaker partner relocated and began work on a refuge garden in the Périgord Noir region of France.
I am told I did not speak until I was four. My step-father told me I needed to have the words to have the thoughts. I told him that was crazy as I think in images. He didn’t believe me.
I use my vocabulary of imagery to create the continuous layered and dialectical narrative.
Ries Faison is the recipient of individual fellowships in painting from both the Western States NEA and the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, the Honolulu Art Museum Cox and Melusine Awards. Her work is in museum, public and major private collections including the Honolulu Art Museum, The Hawaii State Art Museum and the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco. Ries Faison has a Master of Fine Arts from Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles and a B.F.A. from University of Hawaii Manoa.