José Díaz (Madrid, 1981) has a degree in Fine Arts from the Complutense University of Madrid. In 2007-2008 he lived in Berlin, where he continued his studies through a Leonardo scholarship. In 2020 he wins the Arco Comunidad de Madrid Prize for young artists. In 2019 he had a solo exhibition at Patio Herreriano Museum together with Ángeles Marco. His work has been seen in recent years in numerous institutional projects such as Pintura: una renovación permanente, Museo Patio Herreriano, Valladolid; Querer parecer noche, Ca2m, Mósteles, 2018; Generaciones, La Casa Encendida, Madrid, 2018.
Díaz develops his artistic activity through painting. He uses painting as a way to transport these processes to a practical environment that makes them visible, in a transmission of information where there is a deformation and a construction. The research process is focused on the re-knowledge of forms, considering the linen as a surface of information and data. It’s about a practice that revolve around the idea of technological city and urban experience of the individual. An experience connected with the night and the unknown as with the routines and daily compasses. Diaz’s starting point is the relation between pictorial practice, the city as an ecosystem and the technological acceleration as a paradigm. Diaz focuses his interest in the city’s underground spaces such as nightclubs, the subway and other areas without sunlight, connecting them with virtual experiences and virtual reality developed on videogames and schizoid organization models characteristic of the fantastic imaginary or Sci-Fi and cyberpunk dystopias. Highlights the importance of underground poetics as light generator and escape as emancipatory power.
“Diaz’s starting point is the relation between pictorial practice, the city as an ecosystem and the technological acceleration as a paradigm”