Rafael Díaz 

A self-taught artist, Rafael Díaz (El Salvador, 1972) is a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from the Evangelical University of El Salvador. He developed his early art work under the eye of renowned Salvadoran painter César Menéndez, and for a while combined the honing of his plastic art skills at the artist’s workshop with his training in the medical field and the practice of medicine. Not coincidentally, his work as a doctor has a powerful influence on his artistic output, where human struggle in the face of disease and death is a recurring theme. Based in Spain since 2003, he has turned to photography as a medium to convey his critical view of the social issues he is in constant contact with as a medical practitioner, and to do so with a distinct artistic voice.

 

Selected Exhibitions

 

2012 ‘Atuendo’, ESFOTO. Museo de Arte de El Salvador

2011 ‘La tarde que lo llevaron a conocer el hielo’, ESFOTO. Centro Cultural de la Embajada de España, San Salvador

2008 Pintura Contemporánea Salvadoreña. Tribeca, San Salvador

2008 Arte Contemporáneo Latinoamericano. Fundición Artecovi, Madrid

2006 ‘Crismas Apócrifos’. Instituto Europeo de Diseño, Madrid

2005 ‘Pisotearte’, Tektun TV. El Escorial

2004 ‘Bokin in bok’, Blank Magazine de Arte y Cultural Digital. Madrid

2000 Pintura Contemporánea Salvadoreña. Galería Vilanova, San Salvador

1998 I Bienal de Pintura Salvadoreña. Centro Cultural de la Embajada de España, San Salvador

1995 Paisaje y Figura Humana II. Cultural los 44. Santa Ana, El Salvador

1995 Paisaje y Figura Humana I. Patronato Pro-Patrimonio Cultural, San Salvador

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

 

2010 ‘Visceral’, ESFOTO. San Salvador

2008 ‘Serie Plus’. Galería Tribeca, San Salvador

2008 ‘Serie Plus’, VH1. Feria de Arte Contemporáneo de México, México D.F.

 

Collections

 

2012 Sala de Arte Contemporáneo, Museo de Arte de El Salvador

 

Awards

 

1995 Second prize. X Certamen Nacional de Pintura Palmares Diplomat, San Salvador

1996 Mention of Honor. XI Certamen Nacional de Pintura Palmares Diplomat, San Salvador

2008 VH1 Award, Miami

 

Auctions

 

2012 ‘Rape of Proserpina’, SUMARTE Subasta de arte. Museo de Arte de El Salvador

 

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