Artist Biography


Born and raised in Eastern Massachusetts, Linda Dadak has always been a creative person. As a child she enjoyed creating all kinds of artworks. Later in life Linda was the Artistic Director of a needlepoint shop, creating sample pieces, designing and painting canvases then, continuing in creative employment, she entered the graphic design world working for the Air Force at Otis Air Force Base in 1990. She also started her own graphic design company.

In 1995 Linda started working with mosaics and has been working in glass and tile ever since. Over the years she has studied with accomplished mosaic artists and in 2005, Linda completed the Master Mosaic Workshop studying under the direction of master mosaicists Lucio Orsoni and Giovanni Cucco at world famous Orsoni Smalti in Venice, Italy

Linda Dadak’s favorite materials include stained glass and pique assiette (broken china), however she enjoys using many other materials in her artworks. She is inspired by nature around her as well as other mosaic artists’ work.

Mrs. Dadak was invited to teach at Cape Cod Community College where she has taught their full semester mosaic course from 2003 to 2005. She enjoys teaching and delights in her students’ enthusiasm and creativity. Their creations make a brilliant showing at the annual student art shows. In March of 2004, Linda curated the first mosaic exhibition in New England called “Mosaic Women” at the Higgins Art Gallery on Cape Cod that included the work of 17 mosaic artists from New England and New York.

A whimsical sea creature sits among the plantings at Cape Cod Hospital’s new Discovery Garden. “Fish face”, as Linda affectionately calls it, was sculpted in three pieces then covered with stained glass tesserea. This creature was installed in such a way that “he” appears to be swimming in garden. This 2006 sculpture and another example of Linda’s creativity as a mosaic artist.

In a 2009, an exhibition at the Sumerville Museum called “Mosaic Voices”, ten mosaic artist were invited to exhibit 5 of their mosaics. Linda was one of the artists invited to exhibit.

In 2010, Linda was a leader helping to direct artists and volunteers in creating an large outdoor mosaic installed on the Falmouth Bike Path in Cape Cod.

A long standing member the international organization, The Society of American Mosaic Artist (SAMA), her works have been exhibited in SAMA’s national juried exhibitions. Her art can also be seen at the Falmouth Art Center and the Cataumet Art Center on Cape Cod and many reside in private collections through-out the country.

Linda resides in Cataumet, MA where she gives workshops in her home studio and is currently taking time off from teaching to co-curate a summer 2011 National Mosaic Exhibition to be held at Highfield Hall in Falmouth, MA. travel and complete various commissioned artworks

Aritsts Statement

Cataumet has been my home since the summer of 1976. Living in such a beautiful area, near the seashore, gardens, woods and cranberry bogs, my interest in art flourishes. I have always been creating : needle and fabric arts, painting, stone carving, and even graphic designing. The first mosaic I made was a little coaster kit. Although it was very small and “crafty”, I knew instantly that this was something I wanted to pursue. That was fourteen years ago and my enthusiasm for this art form continues to grow.

There is a very private part of my mosaic making. I love the solitude of the studio as my hands work with many wonderful, different tesserae. The materials have such substance, shine and smoothness. I discover surprises as I create. And when I am not actually creating, my mind browses through endless visions of mosaic possibilities.

And there is also a very public part of this mosaic madness. I love teaching others through workshops and at the Community College. Often a student gets the bug and they too want too, have too and need too make mosaic art.

Curating mosaic exhibitions and working with community members creating public mosaic art fulfills one of my goals of introducing mosaics as fine art.

I love being with other mosaic artists. In addition to being inspired by their incredible talent, as a group they are so welcoming and generous with friendship and information, I know that there is something special about what we are doing. Mosaic history is rich, AND it’s great fun to be part of its future.