June Daskalakis, an artist who creates mixed media and assemblage works, was born and raised in New York City. She developed her appreciation for art at an early age in the Brooklyn public schools, where she won a citywide competition and displayed her first mixed media piece in the Brooklyn Museum of Art. June’s early influences include Joseph Cornell and Marcel Duchamp.
June’s paintings are textured and layered mixed-media collages that often include playful juxtaposition between contemporary cultural elements, historical objects, and literary references. The process she uses to create her work involves building layers, then peeling away or blending what exists to create room to mix and match - much like arranging picture puzzle pieces. Hidden symbols and childhood references add to the narrative. Each frame serves as a window to a new ‘dream - in scape’ where winged creatures inhabit much of her work.
June holds two degrees: one in Sociology from S.U.N.Y. at New Paltz and another in English Literature from San Francisco State University. She later attended the San Francisco Academy of Art and pursued graduate studies as a Fiber and Mixed Media MFA candidate at J.F.K. University in the San Francisco Bay Area.
After earning her first degree, June relocated to San Francisco, where she worked in the corporate world as an Advertising Coordinator for 8 years before shifting gears to form a textile cottage industry from her Haight-Ashbury studio. After two years of successfully promoting her hand woven garments, June returned to corporate life as an Executive Administrator, working for internationally acclaimed companies, until the birth of her first child. During those years she found a visual language that comes with experience. Her desire to create and to explore new avenues to incorporate into her artwork has developed into a deep passion. Today, that thought process continues in her studio in Davis, California, where June continues to favor mixed media. She exhibits her work, which can be found in a number of private collections throughout the U.S. and abroad, on a regular basis.