About

Fernando M. Diaz

Nowadays, there are few able to pour legitimately the wideness of history, tradition and culture over abstract canvas. Fernando M. Díaz is an artist with a broad national and international trajectory who has accomplished to overlook the use of color, tracing and the balanced movements of shapes as well at his painting as at his sculpture. Several elements are transformed into a unique and vivid art body; always latent.

His lax and texturized painting technique, and the organic equilibrium achieved at the geometry of his sculpture have became evident at the creative process of this Mexican artist who has succeeded at numerous pavilions and been distinguished all around the world.

After his artistic training at the Mexican Painting and Engraving National School La Esmeralda, of the National Institute of Fine Arts (INBA for its Spanish acronym), he headed to the Latin Atelier in San Francisco where he developed his drawing skills. Later on, he would start a phase of intense activity on printed media which would determine his subsequent work rhythm and artistic quality.

Afterwards, with his plastic production already established, he also encouraged himself into new areas like research, academy, the impulse to young artists and the curatorship of international exhibitions such as Hatikva, for the 50th commemoration of the State of Israel. As well, he has been participant of important world art events. He obtained the Golden Medal Lorenzo Il Magnifico at the Florence Contemporary Art Biennial of 1997, and was elected president for the Cyprus International Biennial in the year 2000.

His artistic legacy being also powerfully based on the strength of its themes and the homage to ancient traditions, it is not fortuitous it belongs to highly recognized and prestigious permanent collections such as the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art; the Municipal Faget Gallery of Romania; the Museum of Modern Art of Cuenca, Ecuador; the José Luis Cuevas Museum at Mexico City or the Vladimir Cora House- Museum in Nayarit, Mexico. Fernando M. Díaz evokes his ancestors and the knowledge acquired on his path through his ‘visual echoes’.

Profound minimal depuration up to an abstract synthesis of historical narratives can be identified among his themes. The reminiscence of his Sephardic origins is highlighted through the inscriptions he utilizes to emulate the Hebrew language at his paintings, for example. Or certain remembrance of Spanish exile is reflected by the use of colors: the powerful red of fire, the shining yellow of sun and life. He has also drawn upon black which is capable of submerging into deeper emotions, may it be nostalgia. A glimpse of more introspective contemplation is revealed.

Italy, Spain, Austria, Russia, Romania, Bulgaria, United States, Brazil, Ecuador, Argentina and Philippines are the countries which have hosted the artist’s work in several of its cities, individually and collectively. Since 2009 he lives in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, where he can be found working prosperously at his studio located in the former textile factory, now Center of Art and Design, La Aurora.

Pocos en el arte actual son capaces de verter fielmente la vastedad de la historia, la tradición y la cultura sobre lienzos abstractos. Fernando M. Díaz es un artista de amplia trayectoria nacional e internacional que ha llegado a dominar el uso del color, el trazo y el e
quilibrio de las siluetas y sus movimientos tanto en su pintura como en su escultura, donde diversos elementos son transformados en un solo cuerpo vívido. Siempre latente.

Su técnica suelta y texturizada en la pintura, y el balance orgánico logrado en la geometría de su escultura se han convertido en el proceso de creación propio del artista mexicano, quien ha conquistado distintos pabellones y recibido reconocimientos alrededor del mundo.

Luego de su formación artística en la Escuela Nacional de Pintura y Grabado La Esmeralda, del Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes en México se dirigió al Latín Atelier de San Francisco, en California, donde se desarrolló como dibujante. A partir de allí, pasaría a una etapa de ardua actividad en medios impresos que determinarían su ritmo de trabajo y su calidad artística. Especialmente para el suplemento cultural Sábado, dirigido por Huberto Batis.

Posteriormente, ya encaminado en la producción plástica, también se adentró en ámbitos como la investigación, la academia, el impulso a jóvenes creadores y curaduría de exposiciones internacionales, incluida Hatikva, para la quincuagésima conmemoración del Estado de Israel.

No es fortuito que su obra forme parte de manera permanente en colecciones de alto nivel y prestigio, tales como el Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Chicago, Galería Municipal de Faget en Rumania, Museo de Arte Moderno de Cuenca en Ecuador, Museo José Luis Cuevas de la Ciudad de México y Casa Museo Vladimir Cora en Nayarit, ya que gran parte de su legado artístico se erige en la fuerza de sus temáticas y en el homenaje a distintas tradiciones que se ven reflejadas constantemente en su producción. Fernando M. Díaz evoca, a través de sus ‘ecos visuales’, a sus ancestros y al bagaje adquirido a lo largo de su camino recorrido.

En diciembre del 2017 recibió los más recientes reconocimientos: Ciudadano Distinguido de su ciudad natal Orizaba Veracruz; y Homenaje a su trayectoria plástica en el Palacio Nacional de la ciudad de Guatemala.

Guatemala, Italia, España, Austria, Rusia, Rumania, Bulgaria, Estados Unidos, Brasil, Ecuador, Argentina y Filipinas son los países que han acogido muestras de su obra en distintas ciudades.