I am a Chicago based Artist that focuses on uplifting our future, our children.
Dionne Victoria was born in Chicago to Victor Simmons Sr. and Dionne Milton. By the time she reached high school she was being commissioned to do family portraits. Her first painting received the All City Poster Award and was featured on all the promotional materials for the exhibition in 2007. She has been given honorable mention in the Black Creativity exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry and has exhibited in the Congress Library in Washington D.C.
She graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2011. During her time in school she interned for Peter Mars Gallery, 4Art Inc. and the Good, Bad and Ugly Gallery located within University of Illinois at Chicago. In 2012, she travelled abroad to teach English in Korea. There she learned to use the arts to teach English as second language. In 2013 she began volunteering at the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center facilitating therapeutic art. She graduated from the University of Chicago with Masters in Teaching in 2018.
Dionne currently works as a teaching artist for Sky Art. Recently she has developed an arts integration program at the National Teachers Academy and Andrew Jackson Elementary. Her art has been shown internationally and published on the cover of a limited edition book titled Man, Woman and Child by Dr. Delbert Blair. She has also been featured in online magazines and art catalogs too.
We are not bastards. We are life’s longing for existence. We are love in essence. Our very presence depicts our determination. Our strides leave a mark that identifies our lives as a triumph in the world of lack luster. We are the color; the representation of life!
Heroes of Tomorrow are paintings of children I know as the superheroes they are. Our children are taught everyday they are not enough, they will never be enough and they are not worth it, by mass media, by the school system and by people in power. The most common time our children see themselves publicly, is in criminal situations or if their bodies are strewn across the street. They should know how super they really are, that they are not defined by what mass media is promoting them as and that they are great beyond measure because the only limitations they possess are the ones they place on themselves! I paint them how I see them, in the light they shine on us!
These pieces are about love, about character and about seeing your light from within. My goal is to spread love by showing healthy images that look like me and those around me.
I use every form of paint I can find, acrylic, watercolor, spray paint, tempera, house paint, paint markers. If it’s paint I use it because though it is the same medium, as people are, there are so many different values to it, as there are different values to people. I use various forms of paint to express the variety in values while creating an image that is unified because unity is my end goal. I paint on wood because it is a bit more raw, even when refined. It is still living. Over time it warps and moves and changes and that is what life is; constant change.