Daniela Puliti


Daniela Puliti studied painting at Montclair State University (BFA, 2011) and The Savannah College of Art and Design (MFA, 2015). Puliti manipulates craft-based materials with an intuitive painter’s sensibility. She has participated in short term residencies at The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (NYC), Vermont Studio Center, and the Wassaic Project. Puliti is an alumna of the A.I.R. Gallery Fellowship Program in Brooklyn, NY (2017-2018), which granted her first solo exhibition in NYC in February 2018. Her next solo exhibition is slated to take place at Real Art Ways in Hartford, CT (2021).

In 2019, Puliti created her largest public art commission to date, “Welcome Quilt” a sidewalk mural spanning approximately 100 feet in length on Treat Place in Downtown Newark, NJ. Utilizing the rainbow colors of the LGBTQ flag, and the blue, pink and white colors of the Trans Rights flag, along with a range of skin tones, the painted “Welcome Quilt” is meant to signal inclusion and diversity within the Newark community. Interspersed with these are hand painted squares inspired by the Newark Museum of Art’s quilt archive.

Activism has become a growing aspect in her work, as she has engaged in a number of performance protests garnering the attention of Hyperallergic and Artnet News. Daniela Puliti is an advocate for destigmatizing mental health, fat acceptance, and proudly proclaims herself a strident feminist. She leads workshops sharing her knowledge of knitting and crochet, encouraging craft as an emotional survival skill and coping mechanism for anxiety and depression.

Selected Works