As a poet, theologian, and comicbook scholar, Dia investigates public opinion and contemporary beliefs on cultural, social-political, and theological issues through performance art. He received a Bachelor of Science in Applied Communication and Sociology from Appalachian State University, a Master of Arts in Literature from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a Master of Divinity from Union Presbyterian Seminary where he is currently a doctoral candidate. His artistic influences include ethno-gothic literature, comic books and graphic novels, and neo-Appalachian art. Dia is an alumni artist-in-residence of the McColl Center for Art + Innovation, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts + Culture, and Skyline Arts. He is a member of the Goodyear Arts collective and based in Charlotte, NC.