Catarina Diaz
Artist/
Painter

Catarina Diaz

Painter

Bio

Catarina Diaz is a London-based analog collage and mixed media artist. Her artworks infused with Portuguese soul transcend medi-ums.

Her vibrant colour palette captures London’s cosmopolitan life juxtaposed with wild nature motifs. The contrast alludes to the possibility of nature restoring tranquillity to the chaos of the world.
Her pieces evoke contemplation, and ultimately, a return to blissful memories, as the start of a journey of self-healing.
This is her inspiration: a message of hope and beauty, life and rebirth.
BBC art critic and curator Maeve Doyle described her work as “very, very transcendent pieces that mix realism with spirituality and surrealism”.
Her work has been represented in individual and collective exhibitions and art fairs in street installations, galleries and museums in London, Madrid, Milan, Paris, San Francisco, Brussels, Fuerteventura, Abu Dhabi and Lisbon, as well as featured on BBC Radio Host Jo Good’s Middleagedminx Vlog, on Portuguese TV shows and in British publications such as House & Garden, The World of Interiors, Tatler, Vanity Fair and Vogue.

Furthermore, the art magazine Artist Talk Magazine featured her work in their special April 2021 edition “Art in isola-tion”, in their July 2021 issue, “Celebrating Art” in their October issue “Celebration of Art” and selected her to be fea-tured in the January issue “People and places”. She was invited her as a member of this prestigious magazine whose publications go to the British Library legal deposit, a part of English law since 1662.
The Contemporary Art Magazine has been also featuring her work, and has awarded her the Collector’s Vision Interna-tional Art Award for outstanding achievements and potential and the Luxembourg Art Prize awarded her with the Cer-tificate for Artistic Merit in 2021.
Moreover, she was also featured in the Artists Anthology, Contemporary Artists 2021: Madrid Edition, curated by Guto Ajayu Culture and she will be featured in the next issue of The Flux Review Magazine.
She recently launched a limited-edition luxury cushion in collaboration with the Portuguese designer Joana Sá Cabane-las and the brand JUUX, currently represented in various designer shops, at Sao Rafael Galleries and the store of Porto University, soon to be in the Maat Museum in Lisbon. She is creating a new cushion and a satin bag to add to the new collection.
She is currently preparing her NFTS launching, being represented by an art gallery and a new NFTF platform.
Moreover, she is also creating a permanent piece for the Davis Museum in Barcelona and preparing her upcoming exhi-bitions and art fairs across Europe, The United States and Canada.
If you would like to know more about her work and purchase her artworks, follow her on Instagram: @catarina_diaz_ or visit her website www.catarinadiaz.com

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

//Collective Exhibitions
2022, “The world revolves around me” M.A.D.S. Art Gallery, Milan, Italy and Fuerteventura, Canary Islands and on the Metaverse
2021, “Sacrifice“, M.A.D.S. Art Gallery, Milan, Italy and Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
2021, “The Winter’s Tale”, online exhibition curated by Sao Rafael Galleries, Lisbon, Portugal
2021, “The Beasts of Beauty”, online exhibition curated by Sao Rafael Galleries, Lisbon, Portugal
2021, International Contemporary Art Fair, Brussels Art3f, curated by Van Gogh Gallery, Madrid
2021, “Hysterica”, M.A.D.S. Art Gallery, Milan, Italy and Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
2021, “ALDILA' - Beyond the obvious -Hyperaesthesia Oneric“, M.A.D.S. Art Gallery, 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. Art Gallery 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. Art Gallery, 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 and awards
2022, The Flux Review Magazine, Ed. March
2022, ARTIST TALK MAGAZINE, Ed. January, ‘People and places, featuring "Mellifluous" and “Fire”, 2021
2021, Certificate of Artistic Merit 2021, awarded by The Luxembourg Art Prize
2021, ART ANTHOLOGY III Madrid Edition 2021, curated by Guto Ajayu Culture
And presented at the Fine Arts Circle of Madrid
2021, ARTIST TALK MAGAZINE, Ed. October, ‘Celebration of Art’, featuring "Bold" and “Back to Earth”, 2021
2021, ARTIST TALK MAGAZINE, Ed. July, ‘Celebrating Art’, featuring "So Pop" and “Rever-ie”, 2021
2021, ARTIST TALK MAGAZINE, April, ‘Art in isolation’, featuring "Joy", 2020
2021, BRITISH VOGUE, April, "Joy", Catarina Diaz
2021, HOUSE&GARDEN - March into Spring, March, "Mrs. Butterfly", 2020
2021. VANITY FAIR, March, "Joy", 2020
2021, BRITISH VOGUE, March, "Bliss", 2021
2021, BRITISH VOGUE, February, "Heavenly", 2021
2021, TATLER February, "Self-portrait" e "Head in the Clouds", 2020
2021, TATLER, January– Room Revamp, "Every Other Day", 2021
2021, THE WORLD OF INTERIORS January - Artistic Impressions, "Emerald Treasures", 2020
2021, CONTEMPORARY ART CURATOR - Collector's Vision International Art Award, Ed. Marta Puig, "Bliss", 2020
2020, VANITY FAIR, Holiday 2020/21, "Metamorphosis", 2020

//Collaboration
2021, Launching of a limited-edition luxury cushion in collaboration with the Portuguese design-er Joana Sá Cabanelas and the brand JUUX. Currently represented in several design shops, at the Sao Rafael Galleries and at the store of the University of Porto. Soon it will be also represented at the store of the Maat Museum in Lisbon.
2022, Creation of a permanent piece for the Davis Museum Barcelona
She is also starting a collaboration with a digital artist and a music producer to create NFTS from her pieces.

ARTISTIC STATEMENT
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 fla-mingos 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 serve as the recreation of my own identity and 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.

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 U.K. and across Europe. Last year I was also selected by the New York-based Visionary Projects to be in an online exhibition curated by Voss Gallery in San Francisco.
I am a resident artis at M.A.D.S. Art Gallery in Milan and Fuerteventura and I have recently ex-hibited at Galleria Cael in Milan and Monat Gallery in Madrid.
I had a permanent solo exhibition in the set of the Portuguese T.V.I. show Cristina Comvida, curat-ed by Galeria Helder Alfaite, and I was on this programme to talk about my work. In addition, my work has also been featured on the T.V. lifestyle programme Viva Vida.

In 2021, I also exhibited my work with M.A.D.S. Art Gallery in their galleries in Milan and Canary Islands, with Monat Gallery in Madrid and two collective exhibitions in Portugal, besides partici-pating in the Focus London Art Fair, with an exhibition at Fitzrovia Gallery and an Art Show at the Saatchi Gallery Museum.

I was also represented by Monat Art Gallery at the Art3f International Contemporary Art Fair in Paris in September and by Van Gogh Art Gallery at the Art3f International Contemporary Art Fair Brussels in November 2021.
Most recently, I also exhibited with M.A.D.S. Art Gallery in several events in Mi-lan and Fuerteventura, I had an online solo exhibition curated by Albe Art Gallery from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates and two collective exhibitions curated by São Rafael Galle-ries from Lisbon, Portugal.

My pieces have also been several times featured in B.B.C. Radio Host Jo Good's Middleagedminx Vlog, Portuguese online magazines, 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 featured my work in their special April 2021 issue "Art in isolation" in their July issue, "Celebrating Art", and in their October issue "Celebration of Art". In addition, I was again selected to be featured in their January issue, "People and places". I was also invited to be a member of this magazine whose publications go to the British Library legal deposit, a part of English law since 1662.

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.

The Luxembourg Art Prize awarded me the Certificate of Artistic Merit for 2021.

Furthermore, I was also featured in the Artists Anthology, Contemporary Artists 2021: Madrid Edition, curated by Guto Ajayu Culture, presented at the Fine Arts Circle in Madrid and she will be featured in the next issue of The Flux Review Magazine.

B.B.C. art critic and curator Maeve Doyle recently described my work as "very, very transcendent pieces that mix realism with spirituality and surrealism".

I recently launched a limited-edition luxury cushion in collaboration with the Portuguese design-er Joana Sá Cabanelas and the brand J.U.U.X. It is currently represented in several designer shops, at Sao Rafael Galleries and the store of the University of Porto. Soon it will also be represented at the store of the Maat Museum in Lisbon.
I am currently creating a new cushion and a satin bag to add to the new collection.

Moreover, I am currently preparing my N.F.T.S. launching, represented by a Swedish art gallery and a new Italian N.F.T.S. platform. This project will include a collaboration with a digital artist and a mu-sic producer.

I am also creating a permanent piece for the Davis Museum in Barcelona.

Additionally, I am preparing my upcoming art fairs across Europe, The United States, and Canada, namely the "ArtExpo New York" curated by World Wide, Art Market San Francisco and Art Vancouver International Art Fair, curated by Artio Gallery, "BOOM" at the Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, curated by Focus Art Fair, and "Brain Cake- International Art Exhibition" at Casa Milà La Pedrera in Barcelona, curated by M.A.D.S. A.R.T. Gallery, besides a few exhibi-tions in Portugal, London, Milan, Fuerteventura, and new representations by a Brazilian Gallery and an Italian N.F.T.S. platform.

Artworks