Catarina Diaz

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.

After a career in Teaching, PR and International Relations in Portugal, alongside which I was always creating, I embraced the cosmopolitan life of London, which became another daily inspiration 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 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 curated by W1Curates in Oxford Street, London, and I have participated in exhibitions in the UK and across Europe. I was also selected by the Visionary Projects to be in an online exhibition curated by Voss Gallery, in San Francisco.
I am currently consistently exhibiting at M.A.D.S. Milano and I am also represented by the Square One Agency in Portugal.

Currently, I have several pieces exhibited on the set of the Portuguese TVI show Cristina Comvida aired in prime time, and I was on this programme to talk about my work. My work has also been 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.

This summer, I will also be exhibiting at Cael Gallery and M.A.D.S Milano in Milan and in two collective exhibitions in Portugal, besides participating in the Focus London Art Fair, in collaboration with Saatchi Gallery and Fitzrovia Gallery.

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, Life Magazines and Vogue.

The art magazine Artist Talk Magazine is currently featuring my work in their special April 2021 edition “Art in isolation”.

The Contemporary Art Magazine is also featuring my work in current issue, 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.