Dia Dear's performance art combines gay club aesthetics of appearance, movement, and attitude with their opposites. They use trickery, sincerity, and pop culture to create emotionally visceral and visually fascinating images through live performance. Dia Dear is educated in performance and art practice largely by participating in San Francisco’s diverse drag community. Since then, their work has been featured in various festivals and curated shows in the United States and internationally. Most recently, Dear’s live piece 'On Use & Dis-Use of Images in Performance: A Study in Tension' (December 2016) was shown at the opening of the SOMArts curated show ‘Touch On.’ Dear’s Tension piece will premiere at CounterPulse in February 2018.