Catarina Diaz
Artist/
Painter

Catarina Diaz

Painter

Bio

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 Afri-ca, 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.
After a career in Teaching, PR and International Relations in Portugal, alongside which I was al-ways creating, I embraced the cosmopolitan life of London, which became another daily inspira-tion for my art.
As an artist, I relish exploring various mediums and techniques. I particularly enjoy using oil-sticks and acrylics on paper and canvas 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 se-rene times as the start of a self-healing journey.
The enigmatic feminine figures akin to the relaxed presence of the wild motifs which serve as recreation of my own identity and suggest that nature can offer us the ability to restore tranquilli-ty in a chaotic world. This is my inspiration: a message of hope and beauty, life and rebirth.
My work has recently been exhibited on a digital installation curated by W1Curates in Oxford Street, London, and I have participated in exhibitions in the UK and across Europe. I was also se-lected by the New York based Visionary Projects to be in an online exhibition curated by Voss Gal-lery, in San Francisco.
I am a resident artis at M.A.D.S. Milano and I have recently exhibited at Galleria Cael in Milan and at Monat Gallery, in Madrid.
I have a permanent solo exhibition in the set of the Portuguese TVI show Cristina Comvida, aired in prime time, and I was recently on this programme to talk about my work. My work has also been featured on the TV lifestyle programme Viva Vida.
This summer, I also exhibited my work with M.A.D.S Milano in their galleries in Milan and Canary Islands, at Monat Gallery in Madrid and in two collective exhibitions in Portugal, besides partici-pating in the Focus London Art Fair, in an exhibition at Fitzrovia Gallery and an Art Show at the Saatchi Gallery.
I was also represented by Monat Art Gallery at the Art3f International Contemporary Art Fair in Paris in September and ai will be represented by Van Gogh Art Gallery in Brussels in November 2021.
I will participate in three exhibitions curated by M.A.D.S. Milano in Milan and Fuerteventura in the upcoming months and at an online solo exhibition curated by Albe Art Gallery, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.


My pieces have also been several times 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, Life Magazines and Vogue.
The art magazine Artist Talk Magazine has featured my work in their special April 2021 issue “Art in isolation”, in their July issue, “Celebrating Art” and is featuring it again in their October issue “Celebration of Art”.
The Contemporary Art Magazine has also featured my work, and has awarded me the Collector’s Vision International Art Award for outstanding achievements and potential.
Furthermore, I will also be featured in the Artists Anthology, Contemporary Artists 2021: Madrid Edition, curated by Guto Ajayu Culture.
I am currently preparing next year’s Art fair “BOOM” in Paris (The Louvre), curated by Focus Art Fair.
BBC art critic and curator Maeve Doyle described my work as “very, very transcendent pieces that mix realism with spirituality and surrealism”.
My curator at M.A.D.S. Milano, Martina Viesti also added "Catarina Diaz is an artist with an in-credible communicative and artistic talent, with works that are placed on the border between hy-per-realism and surrealism. The artist's artistic style allows her to create unique pieces of art that tell astonishing stories providing the observer with the opportunity to travel and experience new worlds and different universes. One of Catarina Diaz's main characteristics is the use of elements that create deep colour contrasts thanks to the presence of vibrant and striking colours. The works of Catarina Diaz are unique, sometimes transmitting intense joy or tranquillity and calm, sensuali-ty and charisma. The opportunity to observe the works of this artist creates in the mind of the ob-server a universe of different emotions and allows them to feel involved and influenced by what is being conveyed."


//Solo exhibitions
2021, Permanent set of the TV Show "Cristinacomvida", curated by Helder Alfaiate Galeria de Ar-te, Ericeira, Portugal
2021, “Metamorphosis”, Online Solo Exhibition curated by Albe Art Gallery, Abu Dhabi, United Ar-ab Emirates

//Collective Exhibitions

2021, International Contemporary Art Fair, Brussels Art3f, curated by Van Gogh Gallery, Madrid
2021, “Hysterica”, M.A.D.S. Milano, Milan, Italy and Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
2021, “ALDILA' - Beyond the obvious -Hyperaesthesia Oneric“, M.A.D.S. Milano, Milan, Italy and Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
2021, International Contemporary Art Fair, Paris Expo Art3f, curated by Monat Gallery, Madrid
2021, “DE.MO”, M.A.D.S. Milano, Milan, Italy and Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
2021 “Sensuality”, Online Collective Exhibition, curated by The Virtual Artists, London
2021, Expo Sweet Hotel & Spa, Figueira da Foz, Portugal
2021, “Paraiso”, M.A.D.S. Milano, Milan, Italy and Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
2021, “Focus on Colour of Life” – London Art fair, Fitzrovia Gallery and the Saatchi Gallery, Lon-don, United Kingdom
2021, “Habitat”, Galleria Cael, Milan, Italy
2021, "Coming Out", M.A.D.S Milano, Milan, Italy
2021, "Phìlo-poèm", M.A.D.S Milano, Milan, Italy
2021, "Romantica, Shape of my Art", M.A.D.S Milano, Milan, Italy
2021, "Mindfulness, Visionary Projects", curated by Voss Gallery, San Francisco, California, United States
2021, "Gaia, The Origin", M.A.D.S Milano, Milan, Italy
2021, "New Era", curated by Art Number 23, London, United Kingdom
2021, "Make it Blue Project", W1Curates, Digital Installation in Oxford Street, London, United Kingdom
2021, "Love My Body, We Need Different Eyes", M.A.D.S Milano, Milan, Italy
2020, "Il Mondo Ed Io", Palazzo Ducale Fondazione per la Cultura, CAD - Creative Art Design, Ge-nova, Italy
2020, "In My Mind", Divulgarti Eventi al Ducale, Genova, Italy
2020, "Bath Art", curated by Art Gallery SW, Bath, United Kingdom

//Publishing
2021, ARTIST TALK MAGAZINE, Ed. October, ‘Celebration of Art’, "Bold" and “Back to Earth”, Ca-tarina Diaz
2021, ARTIST TALK MAGAZINE, Ed. July, ‘Celebrating Art’, "So Pop" and “Reverie”, Catarina Diaz
2021, ARTIST TALK MAGAZINE, April, “art in isolation’, "Joy", Catarina Diaz
2021, BRITISH VOGUE, April, "Joy", Catarina Diaz
2021, HOUSE&GARDEN - March into Spring, March, "Mrs. Butterfly", Catarina Diaz
2021. VANITY FAIR, March, "Joy", Catarina Diaz
2021, BRITISH VOGUE, March, "Bliss", Catarina Diaz
2021, BRITISH VOGUE, February, "Heavenly", Catarina Diaz
2021, TATLER February, "Self-portrait" e "Head in the Clouds", Catarina Diaz
2021, TATLER, Ed. Janeiro - Room Revamp", "Every Other Day", Catarina Diaz
2021, THE WORLD OF INTERIORS January - Artistic Impressions", "Emerald Treasures", Catarina Diaz
2021, CONTEMPORARY ART CURATOR - Collector's Vision International Art Award", Ed. Marta Puig, "Bliss", Catarina Diaz
2020, VANITY FAIR, “Holiday 2020/21”, "Metamorphosis", Catarina Diaz

Artworks