Los Angeles Times - The work of artist Daniel Martin Diaz "is broodingly personal" with "a compelling, esoteric edge."
Drawing from old masters, Jan van Eyck, Pieter Bruegal, and Hieronymus Bosch, both in subject matter and in the ancient egg tempera and resin oil painting style, Diaz’s depictions have a sincerity that exposes a seemingly endless devotion to reveal a higher meaning through painstaking craftsmanship. His use of a limited pallet on distressed wood, handmade wooden frames, and expressive use of Latin text allows Diaz’s images to thrust us into another time and place, as though resurrecting relics from the past. Beneath the stained-glass-look and tortured faces lies a depth and richness of an otherworldly spiritual dimension. In this latest series of paintings, drawings and prints, Diaz delves into the supernatural realm and summons adaptations of end time prophecies and phenomenal consciousness.
Diaz’s artwork has been exhibited in over 60 solo and group exhibitions in 17 states, and 12
countries, including three international touring exhibitions, DMD has been published in numerous
magazine and book publications, and has been acquired for the permanent collections of 12
art museums worldwide.
Spanish Market, Pop Gallery Santa Fe, July
Galleri Oxholm, Copenhagen, September
Galerie Toxic, Luxembourg, September
Sacred Machine, Tucson, AZ
La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
POP Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Galleri Oxholm, Copenhagen
Galerie Toxic, Luxembourg
American Primitive Gallery, New York, NY
Yves Laroche Galerie, Montreal, Canada
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.
Sacred Machine is a museum for the creations of world-renowned artist Daniel Martin Diaz, and wife, Paula Catherine Valencia. www.sacredmachine.com
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