Alejandro Diaz

Alejandro Diaz uses everyday material to elaborate notions of contemporary commercial culture. Incorporating signage, glitter, cardboard, cookies and postcards, he questions the divisions between high and low art by intermingling their conventions. His provocative and pertinent body of work exemplifies the complex and visually rich cultural milieu particular to South Texas and Mexico. Diaz is known for his conceptual, recurrent use of everyday materials; his humor infused politics; and his ongoing involvement with art as a form of entertainment, activism, public intervention and free enterprise. He began making and selling his cardboard signs, “Mexican Wallpaper”, on the streets of Manhattan in the late 90s.

Diaz received an MFA from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY in 1999 and a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin in 1987. He was an Artist-in-Residence at Artpace in 1996 and co-founded Sala Diaz Gallery that same year in San Antonio. Diaz has had numerous solo exhibitions including his first at Jessica Murray Projects, NY; Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT; and the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI. He has been included in several group exhibitions at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; the Queens Museum of Art, New York, NY; and the National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL. In 2008 he received the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award for excellence in the visual arts. Diaz has lectured on his work at the Whitney Museum of American Art and at the Drawing Center, NY. 

Alejandro Diaz; GODS BLESS AMERICA, 2013; white, red and blue neon; 7.5 x 120 in.
Alejandro Diaz; OBAMA IS THE NEW BLACK, 2013; white neon; 9 x 120 in.
Alejandro Diaz; SAME SEX DIVORCES (Inquire Within), 2013; blue and red neon; 17 x 73 in.
Alejandro Diaz; Dan Flavin, 2012; white neon; 7 x 36 in.
Alejandro Diaz; Marfa 1,600 Miles, 2010; white neon; 12 x 42 in.
Alejandro Diaz; No Shirt No Shoes You're Probably Rich, 2010; red and blue neon; 17 x 36 in.
Alejandro Diaz; Installation, 2012; acrylic on cast resin; 13 x 18 in. each
Alejandro Diaz; Breakfast Tacos at Tiffany's, 2003; cibachrome, marker on cardboard; 16 x 38 in.
Alejandro Diaz; Please Do Not Touch, 2009; mixed media; 10 x 24 in.
Alejandro Diaz; Mexi-cans, 2010; mixed media; 16 x 32 in.