Angel Diaz is a creative mind with vast and diverse experience within the media and fine arts industry. He’s originally from Iquitos – Peru and in the late 1980s established residence in New York City. He holds a B.A. in Commercial and Plastic arts, received from the School of Visual Arts. He has an MA in Media Ecology from NYU’s School of Media and Communications. He currently lives and works in the Big Apple.
Angel’s media works appear in several publications, broadcast and advertising products. His plastic arts works can be found in a myriad of public and private art collections, both in the United States and abroad, they have been seen worldwide. Some of his paintings are currently shown at the “FACISM” exhibit of The Whitney Museum of Arts, of Massachusetts. His large mixed medium on canvas, entitled “ONE” is part of the permanent collection of the “Museo de Iquitos — Peru”, his native hometown. His paintings are part of numerous private collections. They have also been in national and international auctions for charitable events and organizations.
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 rainforest; 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 rainforest and Lima–the capital city. He spent a great deal of his early childhood traveling and assimilating the differences between 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 the 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 the 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. Angel Diaz 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.