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GUSTAVO DÍAZ  (b. 1969, Argentina)

Born and raised in Argentina, Gustavo Díaz was awarded a scholarship to work at the National Industrial Technology Institute at an early age. While studying engineering at the University of Buenos Aires, he began to contemplate the nature of existence on a philosophical level. In the 1990s, he studied painting and sculpture at the Prilidiano Pueyrredon National School of Fine Arts, and piano and violin performance at the Manuel de Falla National Conservatory. Díaz's multidisciplinary education reflects his curious and restless nature, and served as a foundation from which he would continue to investigate contemporary scientific and philosophical thought through artistic research and production.

For twelve years, Díaz committed himself to the teaching of art, motivated by his belief in the artist's responsibility to share a better vision of our reality and our perception of the world through this spiritual path. He cofounded and directed the NOUS Art and Design Center in the county of Pinamar, and established the first youth orchestra there. During this time, Díaz taught classes ranging from piano, violin, saxophone, and guitar performance to music theory and history, as well as visual arts classes including drawing, painting, and photography, and experimental workshops. After years of high academic intensity, Díaz refocused his energy toward discovering his own artistic language. This period of structural reconsiderations gave rise, after years of internal searching, to the subject he has been researching for over ten years: the behavior of complexity.

Díaz presents his findings through intricate, abstract works on paper and installations that map the conceptual connections between disparate, yet related, theories. Through this intense artistic and academic journey, he has examined subjects such as the study of Chaos Theory, in particular issues related to Ilya Prigogine’s concept of Dissipative Structures, for which Prigogine was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1977, as well as Rene Thom’s Theory of Catastrophes, focusing on the rupture of linearity and the emergence of “the new” through discontinuity processes.

Another subject that he approached in depth in order to study the behavior of complex systems is the concept of networks, in particular those of Rhizomatic origin. Díaz is interested in hyper- complex connectivity, especially in what relates to the Theory of Systems’ grammatical aspect, particularly grammars that are sensitive to their surroundings.

Díaz spent ten years immersed in this study of philosophical and scientific inquiries, in almost complete isolation in the remote town of Cariló, Argentina, before relocating to Houston, Texas, where he currently lives and works. As Independent Curator Tobias Ostrander notes, "Addressing both the intimate and the infinite, Gustavo Díaz’s works involve thinking on and through paper, demonstrating a rigorous and multifaceted engagement with his primary medium. Seemingly miraculous in their microscopic scale and rich detail, the artist’s works involve hundreds of hours of production. He uses computers and laser-cutting machines, yet his interactions with these technologies are more analogue in approach than digital." Díaz hopes these words will help to draw the complex cartography that represents his artistic quest: professional, intense, passionate, complex, and full of questions.

Díaz's work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; the Fine Arts Museum System of San Francisco (Legion of Honor, de Young Museum, & Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts), San Francisco, CA; the Noble Energy Collection, Houston, TX; The Transart Foundation for Art and Anthropology, Houston, TX; Proyecto A Collection, Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Balanz Capital Collection, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

SELECTED SOLO AND GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020

 

Incompleteness: The Poetics of the Intangible, Sicardi | Ayers | Bacino, Houston, TX

2019

 

Latin American Experience, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), Houston, TX

2018

Fuzziness: Thinking on Paper, Sicardi | Ayers | Bacino, Houston, TX

2017

Expanding the Line, Drawing, Video And Sculpture - Cecilia de Torres, Ltd, New York

2016 

PArC, Peru Arte Contemporaneo - The Mission, Lima, Peru

 

Typed, Cut, Peeled and Painted: Latin American Made - Mc Clain Gallery, Houston

2015

Cosmic Dialogues - Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

 

Typed, Cut, Peeled and Painted: Latin American Made - The Mission Gallery, Chicago

 

Latin American Experience - Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

2014

Latin American Group Show - The Mission Gallery, Houston

 

Off The Grid - The Mission Gallery, Chicago

2013

Universe 1” - The Mission Gallery, Chicago

 

Contemporary Abstraction - Cecilia de Torres, Ltd, New York

 

Latin American Group Show - The Mission Gallery, Houston

2012

Justification a Priori - The Mission Gallery, Chicago

 

Intricate Calligraphies - Cecilia de Torres, Ltd. New York

2011

Intricate Calligraphies - Cecilia de Torres, Ltd, New York

 

Marked Pages III - Sicardi Gallery, Houston

 

Microwave Eight - Josée Bienvenu Gallery, New York

2010

 

Ontological Geometries - Municipal Museum of Art, Tandil, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2009

Hypothetic Universes - A-Contemporary Art Project, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2008

 

Form, Line, Gesture, Writing: Facets of Drawing in South America - Museum of Illustrations and Modernity, Valencia, Spain

 

OpenSpace ArteBA, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

Horizon-zontis 2.0 - Cecilia de Torres, Ltd, New York

2007

The Eye of the Arts, Pinamar, Argentina

 

Arteclasica Guest Artist - Espacio Oces, Argentina

 

Contemporary Argentine Art Auction - Galeria Wussmann, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

Pinta, the Contemporary Latin American Art Fair - Cecilia de Torres, Ltd, New York

2005

Open Studio - New Horizons, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2004

# 9. Proyecto A - Espacio Pinamar, Argentina

2003

 

Painting Workshop - Museum-House Victor Magariños D, Pinamar, Argentina

2002

Exhibition #1 - A-Contemporary Art Project, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2001

City Cultural Center, Manzana de la Rivera, Paraguay

 

Municipal Museum of Fine Arts, La Plata, Argentina

1999

 

V Salon Nacional del Mar - Centro Cultural Auditorium, Mar del Plata, Argentina

 

Group Exhibition - Casal de Catalunya, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Selected Public Collections

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Cecily Horton Collection

Augusta Barreda Collection, Peru

Zitelli Collection, Argentina

Noble energy Collection

Renato Catellani Collection, Argentina

Brad & Leslie Bucher Collection, Houston

Proyecto A Collection, Argentina

The Transart Foundation for Art and Anthropology, Houston

Carlos Quaglio Collection, Argentina

Maria Cristina y Pablo Henning Collection, Houston

Michael Himes Collection, Indiana

Family Sanchez Cordova Collection, Argentina

Mike Loya Collection, Houston

Faranak Kamali and Chong Yi Collection, Houston

Cecilia and Dr. Luis T. Campos Collection, Houston

Balanz Capital Collection, Argentina

Site Specific Installation - Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires, Argentina