Born in Cardenas, Cuba his family migrated to the States in 1982 stopping in Costa Rica and Mexico along the way. His family established themselves in Miami where a young Diaz started to draw. He would go on to a commerical art magnet high school and then major in Illustration at the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore. Luis Diaz worked as an illustrator and graphic designer for TV, web, print and interactive for over 15 years. He currently writes and paints at a studio in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
My work is a culmination of my experience with color, design and painting. It stems from my desire to find familiarity from marks and shapes. These paintings are my attempts at capturing these forms through trial and error. Sometimes they take several sittings, but other times a great length in time exists between revisit. The idea is to move fast and be spontaneous while attacking the surface with different materials. My weapons of choice include palette knives, spraying tools, needle nose ink dispensers on porous and slick surfaces and anything I have found on the street through the years. I use acrylics, inks, watercolors and old gooey mixtures that I have collected over the years on discarded 35 millimeter film canisters.