We had the good fortune of connecting with Diana Benedetti and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Diana, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I am from Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. The “Heroic City”, as it is commonly called, declared by Unesco as “Patrimony of Humanity,” has always been a city bursting with history and legend. Cartagena became a melting pot of cultures all fused together with the same religion: Catholicism. It was a city where fables, history and legends intertwined in a way, which made Cartagena exceptional. Gradually, this coastal city on the northern part of Colombia, acquired a unique community, which was a mixture of aristocracy, bourgeoisie, and rigid catholic and African traditions. I was raised in this mythical city with a turbulent past and metropolitan present, influencing not only my personality but also my distinctive style. 

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Since I was a child, faith was a very important part of my life. I think many artists forget about why they are who they are. They tend to focus in producing and selling for the sake of it, and not think that they have a God given talent that they must use for the benefit of humanity. I believe the “why” I am an artist, is what sets me apart from others. I seriously want to enrich the viewer’s life and somehow suggest a change in attitude towards the world. I want to help change this chaotic society and perhaps make it a little better by bringing messages of love, faith, peace and joy!

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Miami is such a unique city. I think it is a contemporary melting pot that mixes so many cultures, but especially hispanics. I love the beach and when it is possible just hang out on a boat and see the sunset. Miami has amazing cuisine. I am loving three restaurants at the moment: Le Jardiniere, Fiola and L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have to give credit to my mom who always encourage me to paint, and to my husband, who has supported me from the very beginning of our relationship. I dedicate this shoutout to him from been there for me!

Website: www.dianabenedetti.com
Instagram: @dianabenedettiart
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/diana-benedetti-84915834/

Image Credits
All images are mine

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