Diana Shamounki was born in Jerusalem in 1944, and has lived in Beirut; Amman, Jordan; and divides her time between Amman and Maryland in the United States. From an early age, Diana was driven by a passion for art and a deep love for the landscapes, people and spirit of her native land.
Diana is one of the pioneer women artists of Jordan. She began her studies in interior decoration via correspondence through La Salle Extension University in Chicago. She continued her education at Amman’s first Art Institute under the late Italian artist Armando Pron and the pioneering Jordanian artist Muhanna Durra. Since her earliest days in the art world, Diana has gone on to participate in many group and solo exhibits worldwide.
Diana’s distinctive cityscapes and landscapes are well known and beloved throughout the Middle East. Her signature paintings of Jerusalem evoke a profound love for her birthplace and are portrayed in bluish gray tones or in a wash of bright sunshine, capturing each scene vividly as a moment in time. In addition to her mesmerizing landscapes, Diana has forged a style all her own through her portraits of the native people of Jordan depicting their dignified features and noble carriage. Her paintings range from dramatic large canvases to small, whimsical paintings that she likens to a love poem.