Tuesday, 14. February 2006
Art by Daniel Martin Diaz

I continue to be amazed and inspired by many artists both past and present, who have been successful in capturing the complexities of the human spirit. We run from those things that we cannot explain. These are the things that we must attempt to explain through art. All the beauty and tragedy that is life. The world between imagination and completion is an infinite one. It is a solitary journey, yet the many paths are full of wanderers who are also searching and eager to share their findings.

I am most influenced by the great amount of human suffering that has occurred throughout history and one’s undying faith in the after life. Often times I am subconsciously influenced by world attitudes or stories and also by the people I am closest to. I prefer to keep an open mind and let the subject matter take on a life of its own.

I have developed a technique of minimalism which has simplified every aspect of my work, from the use of a limited pallet on distressed wood to my hand made wooden frames. The use of Latin has allowed me to explore an ancient language that is as expressive as it is beautiful.

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The Los Angeles Times has written that the work of self-taught artist Daniel Martin Diaz "... is steeped in traditional Roman Catholic iconography culled from Diaz's Mexican American upbringing as well as medieval and Renaissance art. But the artist's spin on this iconography, however shaped by his own faith, is also informed by the likes of Mark Ryden, the Clayton Brothers and other Lowbrow artists. It is broodingly personal and lends the work a compelling, esoteric edge ..."

The Art
of Daniel Martin Diaz

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