Marcio Diaz

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Marcio Diaz
"In the brush strokes of a painter, lies the history of his people." -Marcio Díaz Statement I was born in Murra, a small farming town in northern Nicaragua. I loved my home, but soon realized that my talent lay not in working the land, but in painting. Eager to develop my skill, I left the countryside in 1994 to enroll at the National Institute of Fine Arts in Managua. I gradually widened the focus of my education and graduated with a BA in architecture paying my way through college by teaching painting and art history. Although I worked as an architect for several years, eventually my love for the act of creation led me to return to my painting. Now I devote myself exclusively to that. Growing up in a rural environment gave me a special awareness for the intensity and variety of colors I found around me. As a result, all the colors I paint with can be found on Nature’s spectrum, whether it’s the blazing red of an Amapola flower, the iridescent sheen of the Guardabarranco’s feathers, or the ecstatic rainbow of a folkloric dress. At harvest time, the fields and forests of my homeland are saturated with all the hues of imagination; these are just a few of the memories that inspire my palette . . . While living in the Pacific Northwest I developed my signature style known as “Bublism”. The effects of raindrops while driving –the distortion of objects and colors seen through the windshield- was the inspiration for the swirling colors and softly defined shapes featured in my artwork. After drawing and coloring a background painting, I apply successive layers of color to the drawing by dipping my brush into the paint and let it drip onto the canvas. Using a special technique, I heat the canvas and then—when the pigments are almost dry—I wipe it down. I repeat this process many times, followed by many layers of circles of color to reinforce and harmonize the whole composition. Spirituality bubbles up from my canvasses, swirls around, then melts back into the scenery. Children can sense this. In fact, the first time I exhibited this technique in public, children were especially taken with it. They spontaneously started calling it “bubble painting.” So, following their lead, I decided to call my style bubblism. I am constantly studying art around the world and adapting what I like most to my own style. My dream is to one day build an art school for underprivileged youth in my country as well as to promote culture and strengthen and nurture friendship and collaboration thought art everywhere I go. Resume EDUCATION B.A. in Architecture – UPONIC - Nicaragua 2000 - 2006 Instituto Reyno de Suecia, Estelí, Nicaragua 1995 - 2000 National School of Fine Arts “Rodrigo Peñalba” 1989 - 1995 CURRENT GALLERIES AND REPRESENTATION ArtXchange Gallery, Seattle, WA, USA 03/10 - Present Cole Gallery, Edmonds, WA, USA 06/13- Present {9} The Gallery, Phoenix, AZ, USA 03/13- Present Casa Estelí Gallery, Estelí, Nicaragua 09/07 - Present Freeman Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, USA 3/31/19 - Present UPCOMING EVENTS Edmonds Art Festival, June, 2017, Edmonds, WA Solo Exhibition, ArtXchange Gallery, Seattle, WA. USA Winter May -2017 La Quinta Art Festival, La Quinta, CA. USA March 6-9, 2014 Cole Gallery, Edmonds, WA Group Show March 2014 Bellevue Festival of the Arts, Bellevue, WA, USA July 25-27, 2014 RECENT TV SEGMENTS In COLOR on KIRO 7 segment aired on 6/26/2011 Univision segment aired on May 2011 watch the video on YouTube. SELECTED EXHIBITIONS La Quinta Art Festival 03/ 2011, 03/2012, 03/2014,2015 Sausalito Art Festival, Sausalito, CA, USA Sept., 2011, 2013,2015 Solo Exhibition, ArtXchange Gallery, Seattle, WA. USA June – July, 2013 Bellevue Festival of the Arts, Bellevue, WA, USA July 2008 -2014 Edmonds Art Festival, Edmonds, WA, USA 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 Solo Exhibition, Rio II Gallery, Manhattan, NY. USA Sept. & Oct. 2012 Corvallis Art Festival, Corvallis OR. USA Sept. 2012 Art Festival, Vancouver, Canada August 3-12, 2012 Salem Art Festival, Salem, OR, USA 2011, 2012, 2013 SOLO exhibition, ArtXchange, Seattle, WA, USA May and June, 2011 Opus Vll Gallery, Eugene, OR, USA 08/10 – 05/2012 Best of the Northwest, Seattle, WA. USA Nov. 16-18, 2012 Anacortes Art Festival Anacortes, WA, USA Aug., 5-7, 2011 Central WA University, Ellensburg, WA, USA October 2011 The Robert Daniel Gallery, Tacoma, WA, USA 12/08 – 12/10 Onda Gallery, Portland, OR, USA 02/10 – 12/10 Art in the Pearl, Portland, OR, USA 09/2010 Summer Introductions, SAM Rental Gallery, Seattle, WA, USA 07/2010 – 05/2011 Sense US 2010, ArtXchange Gallery, Seattle, WA, USA 03/2009 - 04/2010 Ethnic Art Connection Exhibition, Seattle Center, Seattle, WA USA 03/10/2010 Seattle City Hall, Art for All Exhibition 09/2009 - 11/2009 Benham Gallery, Downtown Seattle, WA, USA 02/2009 - 05/2009 Rebecca V Gallery, Tacoma, WA, USA 03/2007 - 12/2008 Hispanic Heritage Month Exhibition, Dupont, WA, USA 10/2008 Broadway Center for the Arts Exhibition, Tacoma , WA, USA 09/2008 Seattle University, Seattle, WA, USA (Solo) 01/2008 - 05/2008 University of Washington, Bothell , WA, USA (Solo) 03/2008 - 05/2008 Latino Art Exhibition, Tacoma, WA, USA 11/2007 - 02/2008 All Nations World Cup, Tukwila, WA, USA 06/2008 All Nations World Cup, Tukwila, WA, USA 07/2007 Palacio Nacional de la Cultura, Managua, Nicaragua 04/2006 Casa de Cultura Estelí, Estelí, Nicaragua (Solo and Collective) 1995-2005 “Arte Nica” Frankfurt, Germany 2003 Casa de Cultura, Granada, Nicaragua Casa de Cultura Masaya, Nicaragua Casa de Cultura Matagalpa, Nicaragua Teatro Ruben Dario, Managua, Nicaragua Teatro Justo Rufino Garay (In honor of Vincent Van Gogh) Centro Cultural Managua, Nicaragua (Solo) Galería Praxis, Managua, Nicaragua (Solo and Collective) Galería Genesis, Managua Nicaragua (Solo and Collective) Central American Youth Paintings, San Miguelito, El Salvador 1995 Latin American Paintings, Popular Library, Boulder, CO, USA 1995 Niños en el Exilio, Tegucigalpa, Honduras 1990 PUBLIC COLLECTIONS Odyssey Enterprises, Inc., Seattle, WA, USA Banco Central de Nicaragua, Managua, Nicaragua Seattle University, Seattle, WA USA Casa Estelí, Estelí, Nicaragua Boulder Popular Library, Boulder, CO, USA AWARDS Anacortes Art Festival Anacortes, WA, USA 2011 National Art Contest, 3rd Place Winner, Nicaragua 2007 Artist of the Year, Estelí, Nicaragua 2005, 2006 Recognition for high standards and quality of work by the Ministry for the Cultural Advancement of Nicaragua, Granada, Nicaragua 2000 Commendation for Craft and Artistry by the City of Estelí, Nicaragua 2000 Inspirational Young Latino Artist, Boulder, CO, USA 1995 PUBLICATIONS “Exploring Depth, Breadth of Latino Art in the Northwest,” Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times, March 2010 Diaz’s paintings the have graced covers of several books and literary magazines. He has been featured on Nicaraguan national television, in local and national newspapers as well as in some newspapers and television in Washington State. SENSE US Seattle Times http://www.seattletimes.com/entertainment/artxchange-show-gives-a-sense-of-depth-breadth-of-latino-art-in-the-nw/ In COLOR on KIRO 7, segment aired on 6/26/2011 Univision video on YouTube Tiny Bubbles: The effervescent Pastorals of Marcio Diaz http://www.seattletimes.com/entertainment/visual-arts/tiny-bubbles-the-effervescent-pastorals-of-marcio-daz/ NOTES OF INTEREST Worked as sketch artist for a live television show in Nicaragua for 2 years. Worked as a math, art and art history teacher at the high school and college level. Organizes supports and/or teaches workshops for young talents. Is involved with the arts community Nicaragua and continues to promote Nicaraguan culture, people and art in current home Washington State, USA. Is currently taking intensive English classes in pursuit of a Master’s degree in Fine Arts. LANGUAGES Spanish and English
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