Angel Diaz, [YNOTngl.com] born in Iquitos, Peru, imagined himself first as a King of the Jungle and later as an innovative builder. 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. He knew he was destined to become an artist.
His grandmother lived on a farm in the midst of the rain forest and his parents lived in the metropolitan city. As firstborn, and male at that, 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, assimilating the differences of both worlds and developing his natural talent while working out the power of his future skills. Angel's enthusiasm for popular culture and his rejection of the tradition 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 the artist's reach. He would cover a canvas with house paint, or ink objects to rub them over paper to create a drawing even while demonstrating fascination and rigor 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 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 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 of pigments as a reminder 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 and at a distance his works look like abstracts, 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 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.