Biography

GUSTAVO DIAZ  (b. 1969, Argentina)

"...one who doubts, who is hypothetical, who conjectures, who searches, who approximates reasoning...”

After graduating from the Otto Krause Technical High School as an Electrical Technician, Gustavo Díaz was awarded a three-month scholarship to work at IBM, and at eighteen, he was awarded a merit scholarship to work at the INTI, the National Industrial Technology Institute, for one year. This award was his first incursion into the “universe of science,” specifically at a lab to develop sensors for robotic applications. Inspired by this academic experience, he studied Engineering at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA). During this period, he started to contemplate philosophical questions regarding his present and, in general, all of his existence; he began to slowly develop a new direction in his life and train, almost unaware of it himself, in a field intimately related to artistic research.

In the 1990s, he studied painting and sculpture at the Prilidiano Pueyrredon National School of Fine Arts, currently UNA, and piano and violin performance at the Manuel de Falla National Conservatory. This multidisciplinary education reflects his curious and restless nature, which has been his attitude towards artistic research, and in general, all other events in his life. The foundation was built on his initial interest in contemporary scientific thought. This was the genesis of the fundamental questions that have accompanied him all his life, although later, and in a totally imperceptible way, he chose the spiritual language of art in order to find some answers, and mainly to ask himself new questions or restate his original ones.

For 12 years he committed himself to the teaching of art, with the belief that there is an ethical responsibility to share a better vision of our reality and our perception of the world through the spiritual path of art. As a Visual Arts Professor, he taught a wide variety of courses such as: A Grammar of Vision, Analytical Drawing, Drawing, Painting, Art History, and Experimental Course based on the Bauhaus and Ulm Methodology and others. With the same motivation, he co-founded and directed for 5 years the NOUS Art and Design Center in the Municipality of Pinamar, which offered a multidisciplinary art education.

 

In the area of musical studies, he taught piano, violin, sax, and guitar performance, Ensemble, Music Theory and History, additionally establishing the first youth orchestra in the community where he currently resided, Pinamar, Carilo, (Province of Buenos Aires). In the Visual Arts workshop, he taught Painting, Drawing, Analysis, The Language of Art, Photography, Experimental Workshop, as well as offering countless conferences on Contemporary Architecture, Art Exhibits, and presentations for the purpose of reflecting on art as a transformational vehicle for the individual and therefore the community.

Then after 5 years of high academic intensity, motivated by what he could call “[his] being’s unstoppable centripetal tension,” he took some distance from teaching and focused his interests in alignment with what he could call “[his] artistic language.”

This period of structural reconsiderations gave rise, after years of internal searching, to the subject he has been researching for over 10 years: “the behavior of complexity,” He approached subjects such as the study of Chaos Theory, in particular issues related to Ilya Prigogine’s concept of dissipative structures, for which Pirgogine was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1977, as well as some aspects of Rene Thom’s Theory of Catastrophes, mainly those dealing with 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. He 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. He has conducted the research described above for approximately ten years, and it has been the conceptual foundation of all his activities as a professor and artist, in all his exhibitions as well as his conference presentations during this time. Retaking the theme of Forms as Symbols, he hopes these simple words will help to draw the complex cartography that represents his artistic quest: professional, intense, passionate, complex, and full of questions.

SELECTED SOLO AND GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018

Fuzziness: Thinking on Paper - Sicardi Ayers Bacino, Houston

2017

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

2016 

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

 

The Armory Show 2016 - Cecilia de Torres, Ltd - New York

 

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

 

The Armory Show 2015 - Cecilia de Torres, Ltd - New York

 

Latin American Experience - Museum Of Fine Arts, Houston

2014

The Armory Show 2014 - Cecilia de Torres, Ltd - New York

 

Latin American Group Show - The Mission Gallery, Houston

 

Off The Grid - The Mission Gallery, Chicago

2013

Universe 1” - The Mission Gallery, Chicago

 

The Armory Show 2013 - Cecilia de Torres, Ltd, New York

 

Dallas Art Fair - The Mission Gallery, Dallas

 

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

 

Houston Fine Art Fair - The Mission Gallery, Houston

2011

Intricate Calligraphies - Cecilia de Torres, Ltd, New York

 

Marked Pages III - Sicardi Gallery, Houston

 

The Armory Show 2011 - Cecilia de Torres, Ltd. New York

 

Microwave Eight - Josée Bienvenu Gallery, New York

 

ArteBA Fair - A-Contemporary Art Project, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

Pinta, the Contemporary Latin American Art Fair - The Mission Gallery, New York

2010

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

 

The Armory Show 2010 - Cecilia de Torres, Ltd, New York

 

ArteBA Fair - A-Contemporary Art Project, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

Pinta, The Contemporary Latin American Art Fair - The Mission Gallery, New York

 

Art Basel-Miami Beach - Cecilia de Torres, Ltd, New York

2009

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

 

ArteBA Fair - A-Contemporary Art Project, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

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

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

 

ArteBA Fair - A-Contemporary Art Project, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2007

The Eye of the Arts, Pinamar, Argentina

 

ArteBA Fair - A-Contemporary Art Project, Buenos Aires, 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

2006

ArteBA Fair - A-Contemporary Art Project, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

Art Basel Miami - Cecilia de Torres, Ltd, New York

2005

Open Studio - New Horizons, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

ArteBA Fair - A-Contemporary Art Project, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2004

# 9. Proyecto A - Espacio Pinamar, Argentina

 

ArteBA Fair - A-Contemporary Art Project, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2003

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

 

ArteBA Fair - A-Contemporary Art Project, Buenos Aires, 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