Project Room: Alejandro Diaz
Luxe Gallery is delighted to exhibit for the first time the work of Alejandro Diaz, in the gallery's Project Room.
Based in New York City, Diaz is originally from Texas where he developed an exciting and pertinent body of work exemplifying the complex and visually rich cultural milieu particular to South Texas and Mexico.
Diaz’s conceptual, campy and political cardboard signs - which he began making and selling on the streets of Manhattan in 2003 - are emblematic of his recurrent use of everyday materials, his humor infused politics, and his ongoing involvement with art as a form of entertainment, activism, public intervention, and free enterprise. The ongoing cardboard signs series continues to evolve with some sayings now produced in neon.
Diaz currently has a solo exhibition at the critically acclaimed Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT and most recently received the prestigious Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation award for excellence in the visual arts. In 2005 Diaz was commissioned by the Public Art Fund, New York's premier presenter of public art, to produce four large-scale, outdoor sculptures and in 2008 he was selected to participate in a major group exhibition at LACMA, Phantom Sightings: Art After the Chicano Movement which is currently traveling to Mexico City, Guadalajara, Houston, and New York. Diaz had his first solo exhibition at Jessica Murray Projects, NY (2001) and has lectured on his work at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Drawing Center, NY.
His work has been reviewed in publications such as the New Yorker, The New York Times, Flash Art, and Frieze.