The Art of Daniel Martin Diaz

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious." - Albert Einstein

 

Hello,

Last Friday (12/9) I participated to the opening show of Daniel Martin Diaz's exhibition at Oxholm Gallery, in Nørrebro, where I had the pleasure to meet the artist and his wife.

I was highly impressed by his work, by the atmosphere that his drawings were creating at the first glance and the immediate transposition to other time and space...more mysterious, more mystical and full of symbols. In the moment when you were getting closer to the drawings another Universe was revealed, populated by rich details, lines, shapes, systems, diagrams and matrixes, universal structures and biological elements, all combined with such mastery and dedication that you couldn't resist to study them for a while. The aesthetics of his art is inspired by the drawings that accompany the scientific and philosophical theories, usually describing diagrams, systems and structures, human anatomy; being interested in self awareness, philosophy, cellular automata, phase transitions, time travel, mystical behaviours at atomic and sub-atomic levels, consciousness, he gives a self interpretation of the symbols and theories and creates this beautiful symbolistic imagery.

Daniel Martin Diaz logo

Daniel Martin Diaz logo

"Mutation Machine" - 53 x 43 cm                                                                                                            Photo by Andreea Vlad

“Wounded Healer“ - 28 x 28 cm                                                                                                             Photo by Andreea Vlad

"Anxiety System" - 36 x 28 cm                                                                                                                 Photo by Andreea Vlad

"Anxiety System" - 36 x 28 cm                                                                                                                 Photo by Andreea Vlad

"Lightbearer" - 20 x 28 cm                                                                                                                        Photo by Andreea Vlad

"Lightbearer" - 20 x 28 cm                                                                                                                        Photo by Andreea Vlad

"Eternal Universe" - 64 x 89 cm                                                                                                               Photo by Andreea Vlad

"Eternal Universe" - 64 x 89 cm                                                                                                               Photo by Andreea Vlad

"Quantum Christ" 61 x 91 cm                                                                                                                     Photo by Andreea Vlad

"Quantum Christ" 61 x 91 cm                                                                                                                     Photo by Andreea Vlad

"We never sleep" - 66 x 51 cm                                                                                                                 Photo by Andreea Vlad

"We never sleep" - 66 x 51 cm                                                                                                                 Photo by Andreea Vlad

"Wissenschaft" - 20 x 25 cm                                                                                                                     Photo by Andreea Vlad

"Wissenschaft" - 20 x 25 cm                                                                                                                     Photo by Andreea Vlad

Drawing from old masters, Jan van Eyck, Pieter Bruegal, and Hieronymus Bosch, both in subject matter and in the ancient egg tempera and resin oil painting style, Diaz’s depictions have a sincerity that exposes a seemingly endless devotion to reveal a higher meaning through painstaking craftsmanship. His use of a limited pallet on distressed wood, handmade wooden frames, and expressive use of Latin text allows Diaz’s images to thrust us into another time and place, as though resurrecting relics from the past. Beneath the stained-glass-look and tortured faces lies a depth and richness of an otherworldly spiritual dimension. In this latest series of paintings, drawings and prints, Diaz delves into the supernatural realm and summons adaptations of end time prophecies and phenomenal consciousness.

Diaz’s artwork has been exhibited in over 60 solo and group exhibitions in 17 states, and 12 countries, including three international touring exhibitions, DMD has been published in numerous magazine and book publications, and has been acquired for the permanent collections of 12 art museums worldwide.
— Oxholm Gallery

Having the chance to have a brief discussion with Daniel and his wife Paula, I discovered an interesting man, passionate about his work and his involvement with other artistic areas such as public art and music. Together with his beautiful and mysterious wife they have a music project called "Crystal Radio" that "sounds like a haunted western about ghosts and dreams, where Ennio Morricone meets David Lynch", as Paula said. 

Daniel Martinez Diaz (left), his wife Paula, and Kim Jørgensen (right), the owner of Oxholm Gallery

Daniel Martinez Diaz (left), his wife Paula, and Kim Jørgensen (right), the owner of Oxholm Gallery

Daniel Martinez Diaz and his wife Paula with a visitor                                                                         Photo by Andreea Vlad

Daniel Martinez Diaz and his wife Paula with a visitor                                                                         Photo by Andreea Vlad

The exhibition is hosted by the Oxholm Gallery, a contemporary art gallery, located in the heart of Nørrebro in Copenhagen. The gallery consists of two showrooms: the Gallery located in Ravnsborggade 5, and Oxholm HALL located in Ravnsborggade 6. Oxholm Gallery represents and showcases works by up-and-coming as well as established artists with both local and international backgrounds. If you want to know more about Oxholm Gallery check their website at www.gallerioxholm.dk and their Facebook page

Oxholm Gallery HALL,  Ravnsborggade 6, 2200 Copenhagen N, Denmark                                     Photo by Andreea Vlad

Oxholm Gallery HALL, Ravnsborggade 6, 2200 Copenhagen N, Denmark                                     Photo by Andreea Vlad

Oxholm Gallery HALL,   Ravnsborggade 6, 2200 Copenhagen N, Denmark                                     Photo by Andreea Vlad

Oxholm Gallery HALL, Ravnsborggade 6, 2200 Copenhagen N, Denmark                                     Photo by Andreea Vlad

Oxholm Gallery HALL,   Ravnsborggade 6, 2200 Copenhagen N, Denmark                                     Photo by Andreea Vlad

Oxholm Gallery HALL, Ravnsborggade 6, 2200 Copenhagen N, Denmark                                     Photo by Andreea Vlad

Daniel Martin Diaz exhibition (opening) - "Faith in the Machine", Oxholm Gallery                           Photo by Andreea Vlad

Daniel Martin Diaz exhibition (opening) - "Faith in the Machine", Oxholm Gallery                         Photo by Andreea Vlad

Daniel Martin Diaz exhibition (opening) - "Faith in the Machine", Oxholm Gallery                           Photo by Andreea Vlad

Daniel Martin Diaz exhibition (opening) - "Faith in the Machine", Oxholm Gallery                         Photo by Andreea Vlad

Daniel Martin Diaz exhibition (opening) - "Faith in the Machine", Oxholm Gallery                           Photo by Andreea Vlad

Daniel Martin Diaz exhibition (opening) - "Faith in the Machine", Oxholm Gallery                         Photo by Andreea Vlad

Me with Daniel Martin Diaz and "Deus" - 28 x 36 cm                                                                      Photo by Marko Eskalante

Me with Daniel Martin Diaz and "Deus" - 28 x 36 cm                                                                      Photo by Marko Eskalante

The exhibition will end October 4th, 2014. I warmly recommend you to go and see it if you are in Copenhagen, and visit Daniel's website where you can see many more mesmerising pieces of art. 

 

Have a nice week! :)

 

Love,

Andreea