Dina Knapp Collection

Dina Knapp


Born in 1947 in Cyprus, raised in New York City. Educated at Pratt.

Dina Knapp was an accomplished visual artist, known for her fiber work and wearable art, shown during her early career at Julie’s Artisan Gallery in New York. Celebrities, including, Cher, Elton John, Donovan, Phyllis Diller, Julie Christie and Bob Mackie, own her intricate crocheted works. The legendary Bob Marley is buried in the beloved tam Dina crocheted for him. 

Upon relocation to Miami Beach from New York in 1977, Dina’s work evolved from wearable art and crochet using heavy wool and yarn, she then moved to more lightweight fabrics and then  into mixed media collages. These works were inspired by the cultural influences and tropical environment of South Florida. Dina’s work has shown in numerous galleries and exhibitions and she created continuously throughout her life. Her collages transport you to another era, lush in color, texture and imagery. Her wearable work is surreal, sublime and sexy.

Dina and her husband, poet and professor, Jeffrey Knapp, collaborated on many creative projects, including combining poetry and visuals. The Knapps were also collectors of Haitian, Outsider and Folk Art. Fixtures in the Miami Art Scene, these vivid visionaries often hosted fabulous salon gatherings that hummed­­­ with passionate dialogue and creative characters. They enjoyed cultivating community and actively served it in meaningful ways.

Dina passed peacefully, after a 10 month battle with a rare form of Cancer at age 69 on October 9, 2016,  in her busting at the seams with art and collectables Miami Beach home.  She will be remembered as a creative force and character.