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Cynthia Daignault

1978 (age 38–39)
Baltimore, Maryland


Stanford University

Cynthia Daignault (born 1978) is a painter who lives and works in Brooklyn. Her work is often described as rigorous and intense.[1][2] Daignault is also a writer[3] and musician[4] and curator.[5]


1 Biography

1.1 Awards

2 References
3 External links

Daignault was born and grew up in Baltimore, Maryland.[6][7] She attended Stanford University and graduated with distinctions and honors and a BA.[7] Instead of pursuing an MFA, as many modern American painters often do, Daignault chose to work with established artists, including Kara Walker,[8] in more traditional models of mentorship.[1]
Daignault has a reverence for the tradition of painting, yet her work speaks to a sense of the modern, according to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.[9] Her process of painting relies less on exact visual realism, than on ideas and feelings.[1] Daignault works with light and time and strives towards a sense of the universal. She feels that painted objects are like “concrete word poetry”[1] and she has been called “a poet of a painter” by the New Yorker.[10] Often, her works exist in the divide between abstraction and figuration.[11]
Daignault’s paintings are often installed in series. The work, I love you more than one more day (2013) consists of 365 small oil canvases.[12] This piece was described as lyrical and existing on the “verge of transcendence.”[13]
Daignault took a few years to paint alone in the woods.[14] She has said that the experience strengthened her resolve as an artist and that painting is her “life’s practice.”[1] Daignault is also a published art writer and editor, including the monograph “Improbable History” about painter Sean Landers published by JRP|Ringier in the Fall of 2011,[15] and the founder and editor of the publication A-Z.[16]

Rema Hort Mann Foundation (2011)
MacDowell Colony Fellow (2010)
White Columns Curated Artist Registry (2009)


^ a b c d e Valli, Marc; Dessanay, Margherita (2014). A Brush with the Real: Figurative Painting Today. London: Laurence King Publishing Ltd. pp. 5, 142–147. ISBN 9781780672830. 
^ Spence, Rachel (11 October 2012). “Taste for