Dana Schutz (American, b.1976) is a painter who has been inspired by Paul Gauguin (French, 1848–1903), Vincent Van Gogh (Dutch, 1853–1890), Salvador Dali (Spanish, 1904–1989), and Judith Linhares (American, b.1940) to create paintings that tell a story. She was born in 1976 and raised in Livonia, which is just outside of Detroit, MI. Schutz started painting when she was 15 years old.
In 2000, she graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art with her BFA. She went on to attend Columbia University, where she finished her MFA in 2002. She also studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, ME, and the Norwich School of Art and Design in the United Kingdom. The paintings depict strange-looking figures participating in violent or creative activities, or have a fantastical element to them. The vast majority of her work is done with oil on canvas, although she has also used acrylics, charcoal, watercolors, and ink.
Schutz has participated in over 15 solo exhibitions since 2002, including Teeth Dreams and Other Supposed Truths at Contemporary Fine Arts in Berlin, Germany, and If the Face Had Wheels at the Neuberger Museum of Art in Purchase, NY. If the Face Had Wheels went on to exhibit at the Miami Art Museum in Miami, FL, and the Denver Art Museum in Denver, CO, in 2012. In 2011, she did an exhibit of drawings and prints in Atlanta, GA, at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. Her paintings include Last Thing You See Before You Die (Hospital), completed in 2010, Singed, finished in 2008, and How We Cured the Plague, a piece completed in 2007 and currently on display at the Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea Trento e Rovereto in Italy. She also has several pieces on display at the Saatchi Gallery in London, including Frank in the Desert and Albino. She tells elaborate stories with her paintings, with depictions of a race of beings that eat themselves (self-eaters), a man named Frank who is the last man on earth, and the last things seen before death. Schutz lives and works in New York, NY.