JUAN DIAZ B. 1981, Bogota, Colombia
Juan Diaz was born in 1981 in Bogotá, Colombia. He is the oldest child and only son of three children born to a closely-knit family. Diaz’s father, also an artist was a professional sculptor and ceramist who graduated from Colombia’s National University with an emphasis in fine art, as well as an art professor at SENA (The National Service of Learning). During Diaz’s childhood, his father recognized his son’s natural creative intelligence and artist gifts within the first five years of his life. In 1995 at age 13 Diaz accompanied his father when he moved to the United States. Shortly thereafter, his mother and two sisters joined him and his father who were residing in Naples, Florida.
Since the late 1990‘s, Diaz has used painting and drawing to explore and expose the complexities of life seeking freedom, respect and equality. Explaining: “... What makes me happy it’s just discovering how to be a human through art...” Diaz added to his creative outlets, performing art and installation in 2010, using them to investigate the relationships between life and death. Diaz’s work shows the need to break away from the comfort zone, is the reflection of constant search to express his process of understanding the human experience.
In early 2006, Diaz met renowned artist Jonathan Green who resided in Naples, Florida. Green and his art manager Richard Weedman were impressed with Diaz’s compositional skills and his outstanding use of geometric planes and understanding of perspective and color, and offered him a mentorship to learn about art business, administrative and management methods, which lasted three years.
Diaz was the recipient of Southwest Florida 2013 FACE Award for Culture & Arts awarded by Gulfshore Life Business Magazine and the 1999 Porter Goss Award. Diaz's style and early mastery in drawing and the use of oils earned him a range of awards for Best in Show and various scholarships. Diaz continues to independently study the works, styles, and techniques of master artists from the United States, Europe, South America, Asia and Africa.
Diaz’s work has been included in major exhibitions at the Patty & Jay Baker Naples Museum of Art, Southwest Florida Museum of History, The Naples Depot Museum, Florida Gulf Coast University, City Gallery at Waterfront Park Charleston, Jonathan Green Art Collection, Alliance for the Arts and Art League of Marco Island. Diaz’s LIGHT Performance Art Series has been commission and treasured by the Holocaust Museum of Southwest Florida, The Naples Art Association at the Von Liebig Art Center, The Sidney & Berne Davies Art Center and the Naples Film Festival.
Juan Diaz continues residing and creating in his studio in Naples, Florida.