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Leonardo Diaz

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Leonardo  Diaz


Birthplace: Querétaro, México
Born: 1982

 

Biography

Leonardo Díaz. Querétaro, Qro. 1982.

Self-taught artist whose passion for drawing and painting began at a very young age. As a teenager he became interested in graffiti and applied its principles as a fundamental tool in his sketches and as part of murals in the city of Colima, the place he was living at the time. Years later he moved to Mexico City where he resided for almost a decade. The urban scene and the visually rich elements of the capital inspired him to translate his experiences into art, which evolved into a series of work he called “Urbanismos”. Diaz’s more recent work has developed a new style greatly inspired by the mental landscapes that contemporary society has built. Leonardo has exhibited his work individually and collectively in the following cities: San Miguel de Allende (Urbanismos & Humanismos, La Cámara; San Antonio Art Walk), Mexico City (Mexico City Happenings, Talara Art Space). and Puebla (Errors, Taller de Arte La Perrera, San Andrés Cholula).

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Leonardo Díaz. Querétaro, Qro. 1982. Artista autodidacta que comenzó su pasión por el dibujo y la pintura a muy temprana edad. Siendo adolecente, se interesó en la estética del graffitti, usándola como herramienta principal en sus bocetos y en la intervención de algún muro en la ciudad de Colima , lugar donde habitó a esa edad. Años después vivió en la Ciudad de México por casi una década. La escena urbana y la riqueza de los elementos visuales que ofrece la capital mexicana lo motivaron a traducir esas experiencias en obra plástica de la que salió una serie a la que tituló “Urbanismos”. También, los paisajes mentales que ofrece la actual sociedad contemporánea, han sido fuente de inspiración para desarrollar conceptos estilísticos que se proyectan en su obra más reciente. Leonardo ha expuesto individual y colectivamente en las ciudades de: San Miguel de Allende (Urbanismos y Humanismos, La Cámara; San Antonio Art Walk), Ciudad de México (Mexico City Happenings, Talara Art Space) y Puebla (Errors, Taller de Arte La Perrera, San Andrés Cholula).


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Curriculum Vitae

2018 "Playground" solo exhibition, Skot Foreman Gallery, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

2015 America's Top Chef Season Finale San Miguel de Allende, MX
2014 National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago IL USA
2014 Art Expo Chicago, Chicago IL USA
2014 COLLA, International Sticker art & Poster art Expo. Roma Italia. 
June 2014 Temple Beth Sholom Group Exhibition. Galería del Sol./ Miami Beach FL. USA
March-May 2014. "Leonardo Díaz: Sloppy Glam" San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
February 2014 Leonardo Díaz + Purvis Young, Zona Maco POP UP, 2014, Distrito Federal, Mexico
2013 Leonardo Díaz, OMO Gallery, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico


Statement

In the urban realm as well as in those of the unconscious mind, lines mark routes, colours warn us about certain circumstances, and the dead wander with the garments of the living upon their shoulders.

Both in the city as in the unconsciousness, we carry a mask glued to the bones, made of dreams and desires that do not always belong to us. Sometime we are the reflection of our fears and we hide. We cover our faces with masks dyed with the colours of concrete and city. We hide our sadness and let the neon lights divert it into laughter; that sarcastic laughter that has very little to say after being heard over and over again.

Sometimes, we are actors representing the tragic comedy of life, dancing over a stage that denounces the intentions of that who wouldn’t dare to speak. A stage that undresses us, that tears the frayed costume, and pushes us into transformation.

Sometimes, in this stage with no audience, we need to go along with mutation, in order to be ourselves again. And it is our turn to take the shape of mechanical animals that devour the streets, building that seems lifeless animals, being that wish to look like people and ghost-like people that wander, street by street, on the unachievable quest to find what has been forgotten in their pockets. Just to be themselves again.

Sometimes, we simply lose ourselves in the smooth sketch of an artist that invites us to confront pain and make it ours. And in that sketch, in those lines that draw our real face, we see them, one by one, the masks of our past ghosts, falling from our faces to the canvas, like dry and fragile feathers over a night street in the city.

Lucas Alamo

 

 

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La inevitable persecución de un hombre por su alma. Esa trayectoria inconsistente a través de los parajes de la complicidad cósmica donde más de uno se ah perdido, donde más de uno ah querido reafirmar su realidad apoyando los pies en un mundo que si acaso parece el mismo para todos, pero no todos lo perciben igual. Así es como, a través de los destellos de color y la metamorfosis de las figuras inocentes, la visión de un artista nos envuelve en la realidad paranormal que llamamos “vida”. No es que Leonardo Díaz trate de ofrecernos una historia revuelta y quizás alucinógena, sino más bien, nos comparte a través de su obra, una ínfima gama de las realidades que su espectro confronta. Y que nos invita a quitar de nuestros el velo para ver y admirar un mundo que no acaba aun de soñar. Así que tomemos la fuerza para definir nuestra propia realidad. Dejemos que los colores que adornan la vida se mesclen y jueguen, entremos de lleno en la urbe abstracta donde todo sucede en plano alterno, en donde todo pasa sin ser notado. Dejémonos alumbrar por la noche perdida de miradas ajenas, y ayudemos con un trazo mas, a esta vida que apenas comienza a mostrar sus verdaderas imágenes.

 

Lucas Álamo.


Associated News

March 02, 2014
Los Dibujos de una Mente Infinita

Associated Exhibitions

Leonardo Diaz: Sloppy Glam
March 2 - April 1, 2014
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