Jerald Melberg Gallery is pleased to present a new solo exhibition of recent paintings and sculpture by Córdoba, Argentina artist Raul Diaz (b. 1952). Diaz has spent many years perfecting a technique for his two-dimensional works in which he carves thick wooden panels and then paints them. His imagery draws on childhood memories of lake fishing with his father and grandfather. The sight of wooden fishing boats, either dotting the water or stacked on the beach, is indelible in Diaz’ memory, and these same vessels frequently appear in the work as a metaphor for life’s journey. His compositions are notable for their contrast of dream-like imagery and contemplative silence with technical invention.
As his paintings are almost always bas-relief, it was a natural progression for him to begin making sculpture. Taking the boat and figural images into three dimensions he creates a new experience for the viewer and also expands his own technical prowess, employing both wood and bronze.
The subjects of Raul Diaz' paintings are the topics of life. People and history become part of the things that form us from infancy. His belief is that we all live in a world struggling with conflicts and how to resolve them and that art either reflects this or sublimates it. His recent work is a poetic vision symbolic of our human existence.
"Raul Diaz invites us to remember… to go back… and to return again to those places which we keep like hidden treasures… memories which we do not consider all the time, but special gems which we take out and examine from time to time." - Shaw Smith
Raul Diaz is one of the best known and celebrated living artists in Argentina. He has had over thirty-five solo exhibitions, including a mid-career retrospective in 2010 at the Caraffa Museo (of Modern Art) in Córdoba. He exhibits worldwide and has been represented by Jerald Melberg Gallery for twenty years.