Fernando M. Díaz

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.

Born in Veracruz, a once youthful Díaz adventured into a still unfinished journey, geographically and spiritually. 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.

More recently, he was part of collective exhibitions: Gli Amici e Roma at the Lavatoio Contumaciale curated by Massimo Pompeo, which included the work of fifty-four italian artists in 2016; and at the Mexican Embassy in Philippines during march of 2017.

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.

The art of Fernando M. Díaz expands by the combination of different languages. Be them visual or ‘linguistic’, elements unify to transmit emotions undoubtedly and transport in time, even if unconsciously. The dynamism of action art is materialized within his works. His art remains alive while a resonance of the ‘absolute’ outstands as well from more meditative states. From time to time, some of his pieces carry a particular sign: a triadic stamp which has became a kind of completeness rubric on its own.

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.