Daniel Martin Diaz
Based in Tucson, Arizona, Daniel Martin Diaz is an American performer and musician. His exploit has been exhibited worldwide and has been published in LA Times, NY Times, Juxtapoz, High Fructose, and Low Rider Magazine as well as in five books dedicated to his artwork. Diaz has meant artwork for large public art projects in the US and has won many awards such as a gold and platinum record intended for Atlantic Records. He is also working in various musical projects.
The band P.O.D. commissioned Diaz to design and paint the cover of their self-titled album Payable upon Death. The album went gold in four weeks and caused a controversy across the country due to the lid artwork Diaz created. In 2010, he expected and painted the cover of Good Charlotte's album, Cardiology.
Diaz's influences add up an eclectic fusion from fantastical Mexican Retablos, mystical votive offerings, the Early Netherlandish painters, Gothic ornamentation, arcane religious sigils and medallions, alchemy, as well as symbolism culled from assorted unmemorable societies such as The Rosicrucians.
Symbolism plays a central role in Diaz’s art. It harks incite to an earlier Christian culture where a mostly illiterate populace could gate the paths leading to the world of the Spirit in the figures, colors, symbols, and gestures of the sculptures, paintings, and mosaics that adorned the portals, walls, and altar screens of the churches. Like his predecessors, he provides an artistic shorthand—one uniquely his—to bring his spectators to an inner, higher world.
"One of my primordial memories as a child was the pretension death and religion played an important role in my family’s life. My parents were born in Mexico with traditional beliefs, and their beliefs made their pretentiousness into my subconscious. The fact that many of those beliefs seemed to render no logical report has with influenced me. These unanswered questions find a home in my work, which evokes the mystery, fear and irony of those lustrous memories of my past. I accomplish not affirmation to comprehend these questions. I just paint and allow them tone themselves to me." - Daniel Martin Diaz
Diaz is a primary aficionada of the bands Blind Divine (with singer Paula Catherine Valencia); Crystal Radio (with singer Amelia Poe) and Trees Speak.