Los Angeles Times - The work of artist Daniel Martin Diaz "is broodingly personal" with "a compelling, esoteric edge."
The artwork of Daniel Martin Diaz has been commissioned for the PBS Documentary, The Forgetting: A Portrait of Alzheimer’s, the CD artwork for the Atlantic Records multi-platinum band, P.O.D., which sold over one million copies, the album cover artwork for the multi-platinum band Good Charlotte, two large altar pieces for San Antonio de Padua Catholic Church in Guaymas, Mexico. His public art collaborations include the design and installation of the Historic Hotel Congress Proscenium stage; Desert Splendor, sculptural works commissioned by the City of Tucson for Centro Parking Garage in Downtown Tucson; Journey Through Nature, a five hundred by forty-foot terrazzo floor for Phoenix’s Sky Harbor Airport; and Salvation, a painting on a Vietnam-era Cluster Bomb as part of the critically acclaimed Boneyard Project, which was exhibited at Pima Air & Space Museum and will continue to travel throughout the U.S. He is currently working on prominent public art projects for the Cities of Phoenix, Mesa, Tucson, and Goodyear, AZ.
The work of Daniel Martin Diaz has been exhibited in over 50 solo and group exhibitions in 17 states and eight countries, including three international touring exhibitions, and has been acquired for the permanent collections of nine art museums nationwide. Diaz, and collaborator and wife Paula Catherine Valencia are the co-owners of Mysticus Publishing and Sacred Machine Museum in Tucson, AZ, and the co-founders of their band Blind Divine. Their latest project includes the design, layout, and publishing of Diaz's newest body of work Soul of Science, a 128-page book distributed by Last Gasp of San Francisco, CA.
possess a sincerity that foregrounds his deep devotion to revealing a higher meaning through painstaking craftsmanship. Through his application of a limited palette on distressed wood, his handmade wooden frames, and his expressive use of Latin text, Diaz’s images thrust us into another time and place.Diaz
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.
"Diaz's art has a strange mélange of ancient and contemporary. Part religious icon, part emotionally laden and sorrowful lament." --Raw Vision Magazine (UK)
"Standing within viewing
range of a Daniel Martin Diaz original oil painting may inspire intoxication,
dizzy spells, and maybe even a shortness of breath. An entire exhibition and
you might want to be prepared to rely on a back-up supply of air. Dizzying and
hypnotic in nature, each thoughtful piece is intrinsically layered with a
stunning combination of beauty and intrigue. The distinct painting style and
simultaneously rich and subtle color palette unite to produce work that
showcases the artist’s passion for the exploration of faith and its
relationship to life, death and the afterlife." --Java Magazine
“Symbolism plays a central role in Diaz’s art. It harks back to an earlier Christian culture where a mostly illiterate populace could read the paths leading to the world of the Spirit in the figures, colors, symbols, and gestures of the sculptures, paintings, and mosaics that adorned the portals, walls, and altar screens of the churches. Like his predecessors, he provides an artistic shorthand—one uniquely his—to bring his viewers to an inner, higher world.” --Gloria Giffords, Art Historian
Diaz was commissioned by Eric Firestone to paint a cluster bomb for the Boneyard Project exhibited at Pima Air & Space Museum. Photo by David Olsen