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.
Art Paris Art Fair, Galerie Toxic, March 27-30
Outsider Art Fair, New York, May 8-11
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
PBS, Warner Bros/Atlantic Records, Rolling Stone magazine, Spin magazine, EMI Records, MTV-2, Juxtapoz magazine, Hi-Fructose magazine, Low Rider magazine, Graphic Design USA, Garage magazine, Shade magazine, 3x3 magazine, HM The Hard Music Magazine, Contemporary Chicana and Chicano Art Book Vol. and II, Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies, New American Paintings, Equilibrium magazine, Alter Ego, Versus magazine, Christianity and the Arts, New American Paintings, Wave magazine, Raw Vision magazine, Aesthetica magazine, Hispanic Executive, New Zealand Feature Film Orphans And Angels, and Clive Barker Feature Film Midnight Meat Train
Permanent Collections and Archives
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Laguna Art Museum / Orange County Art Museum, Tucson Museum of Art, Shemer Art Center and Museum, New Mexico State University, San Antonio de Padua Catholic Church Sonora, Mexico, US Santa Barbara Library-Caridad Archive of Chicano Printmaking in California, Huntington Museum, The Gerald Buck Collections Self-Help Graphic's Traveling Exhibition Print Program, Mesa Contemporary Arts, Cirque du Soleil Collection.
Soul of Science, published by Mysticus Publishing and Last Gasp, 2013
Anatomy of Sorrow, published by La Luz de Jesus Press and Last Gasp, 2011
Mysterium Fidei, published by La Luz de Jesus Press and Last Gasp, 2007
Triginta Uno Dies: Thirty-One Drawings, Thirty-One Days, published by La Luz de Jesus Press and Last Gasp, 2004
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