Dena Lyons was born in southern Florida in 1980. In 1992 she was accepted to the prominent Dreyfoos School of the Arts graduating in 1998. Lyons was accepted to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the fall, which she graduated from in 2001, with a concentration in painting.
In 1998, after graduating from The Dreyfoos School of the Arts and having been awarded a merit scholarship to the highly acclaimed Marchutz School of Painting and Drawing in Aix en Provence, Dena traveled to France to continue her studies and paint. The experience in Provence was both inspiring and educational and Dena knew she would return to France to paint after furthering her fine arts education. Dena then returned to the states having been accepted at prestigious School of the Fine Arts Institute of Chicago where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. After completing her formal education, Dena spent five years traveling the countryside of France, learning French, studying literature, art history and painting. For the past 6 years Lyons has maintained both US and French residency while continuing to pursue painting in France which is her primary residence and choice for living and painting. Dena is fluent in English, French and Italian.
The life and work of Dena in France and Monaco were subjects reported several times over the past few years in the Nice Matin. Dena is a member of the International Association of Fine Arts in Monaco. Dena received the mayor’s medal of excellence for her opening in Beausoleil.
Her works of art are owned by respected collectors around the world.
Recently, she has spent much of her time working on projects commissioned in Chicago, London and France. Her works have been exhibited in Chicago at the Addington Gallery, Gregory Gaymont Gallery, MK Gallery, a solo exhibition at the Union League Club of Chicago and Robert Morris University. She is represented by the Marin Price Gallery in the Washington DC area. In 2012 Dena’s works were exhibited at the Quai artists and Gildo Pastor Center in Monaco. In 2013, she was awarded a medal by the mayor of Beausoleil for her exhibition in the south of France. She also exhibited in the acclaimed Spectrum art fair in Miami, FL. Her works are included in the collections of the Dreyfoos School of the Arts, Nippon Steel and Château Bois Guilbert.
Her playful sensibility and choice of colors and brushstrokes reflect her adventurous journey through life.
Andre Derain and the Fauves influenced Dena and helped her to convey on canvas powerful impressions of the world she knows. The shapes and psychology of David Hockney and Alice Neel paintings greatly influence Dena.
In her most recent works which have received high acclaim, by using a simple object, a tree alone, Dena creates thoughtful and monumental works of art.