Catarina Diaz London-based analog collage and mixed media artist with a Portuguese soul. I drew and painted since ever, inspired by my very artistic family. I spent my early infancy in Africa, and when I moved to Portugal at the age of five, my mother, my very first art mentor, coloured my early memories with a vibrant colour palette. The deep orange African sunsets, the vibrant pink flamingos and the magenta of the bougainvillaea were burnt into my imagination. Later in life, I embraced London’s cosmopolitan life, which became another daily inspiration for my art. As an artist, I relish exploring various mediums and methods. I particularly enjoy using oil-sticks and acrylics on paper in an abstract style, combining them with analog collage. A seminal masterclass with Royal Academician David Mach opened analog collage and mixed media to me in a completely unexpected way, and I have never stopped creating since. I consider my art an invitation to reconnect to nature and ourselves. By juxtaposing urban life and nature, my pieces aim to evoke contemplation, and ultimately, a return to memories of more serene times as the start of a self-healing journey. The enigmatic feminine figures akin to the relaxed presence of the wild motifs suggest that nature can offer us the ability to restore tranquillity in a chaotic world. This is my inspiration: a message of hope and beauty, life and rebirth. BBC art critic and curator Maeve Doyle described my work as “very, very transcendent pieces that mix realism with spirituality and surrealism”. My work has recently been exhibited on a digital installation in Oxford Street, London, and I have participated in exhibitions in the UK and across Europe. I am currently consistently exhibiting at M.A.D.S Milano and I am also represented by the Square One Agency in Portugal and online Gallerima Art story. For the next couple of months, I will have several pieces exhibited on the set of the Portuguese highly rated TVI show Cristina Comvida aired in prime time, and I was invited to be on this programme to talk about my work. It will also be featured on the TV lifestyle programme Viva Vida. In the next few months, I will also be represented by Madrid art galleries at the Art3f International Contemporary Art Fair in Paris and Brussels and by the Visionary Projects at Voss Gallery, in San Francisco. My pieces have also been featured in BBC Radio Host Jo Good’s Middleagedminx Vlog and iconic British magazines such as House & Garden, The World of Interiors, Tatler, Vanity Fair and Vogue. The art magazine Artist Talk Magazine is featuring my work in their special April 2021 edition “Art in isolation”. The Contemporary Art Magazine will be also featuring my work in their next issue, and has awarded me the Collector’s Vision International Art Award for outstanding achievements and potential.