Cynthia Daignault

Born in 1978 in Baltimore (Maryland, United States)
Lives and works in Brooklyn (New York, United States)

Cynthia Daignault obtained a bachelor of arts at Stanford University and was under the mentoring of artists such as Kara Walker. Her work was shown in the United States at the Night Gallery in Los Angeles, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and, internationally, at the Sunday Painter gallery in London. Daignault is also a writer and founded the A-Z publications. 

Daignault is known for deconstructing the canvas into multiple pieces that are then reunited, a practice that she compares to the narrative arts, like film or short stories because of their length. The format of her paintings is reminiscent of installation and immersive art. What Happened is a series of a hundred oil paintings that track the last hundred years of American culture, from the Vietnam war to Kim Kardashian, all rendered in Daignault’s painterly reverence: in black and white.

11/9/2016 (The Washington Post) is a pictorial representation of the front page of the newspaper from November 9th, 2016, the day Donald Trump won the American presidential elections. The artist chose to reproduce on canvas, in a voluntarily loose style with imprecise outlines and part of the text made unreadable, a slightly reframed photograph of the 75th president of the United States and his vice-president Mike Pence. This way, the artist captures a key historical moment, elevated along with other important dates to the status of major temporal markers, witnesses to positive or negative period change —depending on one’s worldview.

Cynthia Daignault, What Happened, 2018, Oil on linen, Variable dimensions


Cynthia Daignault, 11/9/2016 (The Washington Post), 2017, Oil on linen, 11" x 12" (27,9 x 30,5 cm)

Other exhibitions of the artist at Arsenal Contemporary Art