Duane Ditty


I was born in Minneapolis in 1955. I grew up in North Minneapolis, which provided an expansive ground for experimentation, especially along the Mississippi River, with its old bridges and steel metal scrap yards. I believe this was an early source of inspiration for me. I graduated from Saint Cloud State with a BFA in 1978, and later went to the University of Wisconsin in Madison where I received my BFA in 1984.

I have had my current studio since 1996. Since 2000 I have gone there about five times a week. I worked steadily until the year 2018 when I was diagnosed with bone marrow cancer. It took me 4 years to recover from this, but I returned to my studio in June of 2022. I've been very productive since I returned to my studio. Through the years 2000 to 2014 I mostly worked on more large scale minimalist paintings which were usually one color with a linear structure. In 2014 I started working on more medium size paintings which led to more experimentation and advancement. This experimentation has very much bloomed over the last 11 months.

Open Studio Hours:

By appointment.