…a simple man blinded by the lights of NYC.
An innovative man who loves the Big Apple, the beauty of its people and the small wonders within.
dream a little dream…
Born in Iquitos, Peru, Angel Diaz imagined himself first as a King of the jungle and later as an innovative builder. As a young child, Diaz also knew he was going to become an artist. At an early age, he discovered his aptitude for drawing, building and his interest in the artistic representation of everyday objects, people and his imaginary worlds.
His grandmother lived in a farm in midst of the rain forest; his parents lived in the metropolitan city. As a firstborn of, an only male firstborn, he was considered the family’s “convenience”. He spent his early childhood traveling between the jungles of the rain forest and Lima–the capital city. He spent a great deal of his early childhood traveling and assimilating the differences of both worlds and developing his natural talent, working out of the power of his future skills.
Angel’s enthusiasm for popular culture and his rejection of the angst and seriousness of the “conventional way” led him to search for a new way of painting. He found his signature mode by embracing materials traditionally outside of the artist’s reach. He would cover a canvas with house paint, or ink objects and run them over paper to create a drawing while demonstrating rigor and concern for formal painting.
Although drawing, building and painting were his primary passions, his curiosity for the media led him to explore different horizons. After high school, he began to study acting at a local college and plastic arts at a University before traveling to the United States where he enrolled in the School of Visual Arts in New York City. There, amidst the chaos and excitement of the concrete jungle city life Diaz realized the full extent of what he could bring to painting. Welcome to Angel’s world.
Through the late eighties he continued learning and experimenting in prints by printing onto wood, aluminum, Plexiglas disks, clothes, and other surfaces. He challenged the view of the artist as auteur by assembling engineers to help in the production of pieces technologically designed to incorporate the viewer as an active participant in the work. He also incorporated found objects and used chemical alchemy as a source for pigments as a remainder of this decade dedicated to more collaborative projects including printmaking, design, and art-and-technology works. Throughout the 80’s and 90’s Diaz’s continued his experimentation, concentrating primarily on collage and new ways to transfer photographs. At first glance his works look like abstractions from a distance, but up close the images and symbols relate to each other as if in conversation. The imagery and the represented symbols are a way of bringing together the inventiveness and his creativity with his love for painting. Using this new method he found he could make a commentary on contemporary society using the very images that helped to create that society. Ange lDiaz established a permanent residence and studio in Manhattan, New York City, where he still lives. He continues to work bringing his sense of excitement and challenge into the new century.
I make images that intellect would never make.
My works are aesthetics expressions of our contemporary world, and they dare to dream on a little dream of an utopian reality. Aid by the incorporation of diverse mediums on a wide range of surfaces; they manifest the expressive and conceptual intentions of diverse subject matters… I dream on freedom.
A line leads to the beauty of all shapes…
Drawing is a highly subjective means of self-expression in which personal content is revealed.
As an artist with insight into both the educational and therapeutic realms, I have collected a variety of reflections and systematized them. My intention is to share my collection and to offer methodological alternatives for reflecting on my drawings.
Shapes within shapes
These works manifest the expressive and conceptual intentions of diverse subject matters.
They are an incorporation of diverse mediums aim to express a moment in time and to “dream a little dream”.
Love YA New York!
amuse-bouche of my beloved New York City,
my paths and the beauty within;
and some FOOD4THOUGHT!
These images are aesthetics observations of my daily crossings with NYC’s creative expressions; or as I call them, “Birds of Paradise”. Their manifest is expressive and conceptual. Their intentions are candid and diverse as their subject matters -they are as colorful as the Big Apple.