Darice Polo was born in New York City and studied drawing and painting at SUNY, Albany (MFA) and the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan (BFA). Polo is a 2016 recipient of a Creative Workforce Fellowship awarded by the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture and a 2015 recipient of a Puffin Foundation Grant; both in support of her independent film, A Wise Latina Woman. Polo was one of nine artists responding to Trump’s first 100 days as president in the highly anticipated exhibition The First 100+ Days at Spaces Gallery in Cleveland. Two of her large-scale drawings (each almost eight feet long) included the text as represented in their titles “Immigration Mass Deportation” and “Resist Agent Orange.” Steven Litt of the Cleveland Plain Dealer wrote in his review, “The real marvel of the drawings is that Polo has drawn each razor sharp letter with infinitesimally subtle shading that lends power, intensity and presence to the words.” In 2016 her work was included in the exhibition Latino Art of the Midwest: Into the 21st Century at the University of Dayton. She has had solo exhibitions at West Virginia University in Morgantown; William Busta Gallery, Raw & Co Gallery and Some Time Gallery in Cleveland; and has exhibited throughout the U.S.—New York, San Francisco, Sacramento, Chicago, Philadelphia, Baltimore, San Antonio, and at the University of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez. Polo is an Associate Professor of drawing and painting at Kent State University’s School of Art.