Dana Bell was born in Detroit in 1974 and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She graduated from Wayne State University in Detroit in 2001, and went on to receive her MFA at Maine College of Art in 2004, studying with Vito Acconci and Joanne Greenbaum.
She has shown her paintings and choreography at many institutions and galleries including the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), The Museum of Art and Design, New York, The Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY, The Salvador Allende Museum of Contemporary Art, Santiago, Chile, Roulette in Brooklyn, and Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, and is included as an artist at Design Within Reach in partnership with Uprise Art.
Bell's figurative based work extends from in-person to multi-media as well as in multiples in print and painting. Bell's muses are color and vernacular photography, where she finds gestures and poses that speak to contemporary issues.