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RAFAEL DÍAZ (El Salvador, 1972)

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A self-taught artist, Rafael Díaz 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 SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015. PHOTOESPAÑA. ‘Anonymous’. Galería Álvaro Alcázar, Madrid
2014. ‘Anonymous’. Dina Mitrani Gallery. Miami
2010. ‘Visceral’, ESFOTO. San Salvador
2008. ‘Serie Plus’. Galería Tribeca, San Salvador
2008. ‘Serie Plus’, VH1. Zona Maco, México D.F.


SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2015. ‘Antiretrovirals’. ARCO. Galería Álvaro Alcázar. Madrid
2014. ‘X’. Museo de Arte de El Salvador (MARTE)
2014. PHOTOPIA Colectiva de Fotografía. Ciudad de Guatemala
2012. ‘Atuendo’, ESFOTO. Museo de Arte de El Salvador (MARTE)
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. Fundación 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

  
COLLECTIONS

2014. ‘Anonymous’. Robert S. Wennett and Mario Cader-French Collection
2012. ‘Exitus’. Sala de Arte Contemporáneo, Museo de Arte de El Salvador (MARTE)


AWARDS

2008. VH1 Award. Miami
1996. Mention of Honor. XI Certamen Nacional de Pintura Palmares Diplomat. San Salvador
1995. Second prize. X Certamen Nacional de Pintura Palmares Diplomat. San Salvador