Born in Argentina, Dina has a MFA (sculpture major) from the Universidad de La Plata, Buenos Aires. Shortly after her graduation in 1999 she won the prestigious Antorchas Prize, which sent her to the Banff Centre For the Arts. Her work has been exhibited in Argentina and Canada and commissioned Internationally. She lives in Vancouver and co-owns a gallery / studio / retail shop in Mount Pleasant called JewellerBau.
Dina’s art-jewellery work stands out and is recognized locally and internationally. In 2011 she was awarded the BC Applied Arts Achievement Award for Creative Excellence and was 2011 DOTY’s One to Watch for Fashion. Her work has been selected for inclusion in the book “Showcase 500 Rings: New Directions in Art Jewelry” by Marthe Le Van & Bruce Metcalf (to be released in May 2012). Dina’s studio and shop is featured as a must see desination in the TASCHEN travel book “The New York Times 36 Hours: 150 Weekends in the USA & Canada” by Barbara Ireland (released November 2011). Select series of González Mascaró’s work is now available in limited editions and has caught the interest of the Seattle Art Museum and other design shops. Dina expects to see her work in various locations across Canada and the US this year. And, she is known for her willingness to design engagement and wedding rings by skype.
Dina works in series and thematically. Her jewellery pieces often align with large-scale sculpture or painting pieces that she is working on simultaneously. She is an artist who makes art-jewellery. Dina combines the materials and techniques of a jeweller with the eye of a sculptor. She creates pieces within the limits known as art-jewellery.
Unlike most jewellery, Dina’s work is considered first as an object in space where its form and structure are explored. The piece as a wearable object is secondary to its creation. It is during this moment of its making that the specific language of jewellery is needed - sometimes a piece works as jewellery and sometimes it doesn't.
Dina likes to think of her work as "not-jewellery". The perfection of traditional jewellery scares her, and is uninspiring. She works as an "not-jeweller" to have fun, to continue working in a sculptural world, to work in different scales and to confront new challenges. Her work is "not-jewellery" because of the weight of the objects, their seeming impracticality, and their appearance of discomfort. Her work can be read as little weapons waiting for their owners, waiting for those in need of 'uncomfortable’ fashion to go out into the urban jungle. Recently Dina has begun to explore multiples and production work to see how unleashing her "not-jewellery" in editions will change our world.