ABOUT

Catarina Diaz is a London-based analog collage and mixed media artist with a Portuguese soul. 

Her transcendent pieces and bespoke commissions, mixing realism with spirituality and surrealism, combine her vibrant and colourful early-life recollections with London’s cosmopolitan life, inspiring us to reconnect to nature and ourselves. 

As an artist, she relishes mixing various media, such as oil-sticks and acrylics on paper, combining them with manual collage.

Her work can be seen in digital installations, exhibitions and art fairs in London and across Europe, on a Portuguese TV show and in British magazines such as 'Artist Talk Magazine', 'Tatler', 'Vanity Fair', ‘House & Garden’, ‘The World of Interiors’ and ‘Vogue’.

Biography



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 reference in art, coloured my early memories with a vibrant colour palette of African tones. The deep orange sunsets, the vibrant pink flamingos and the magenta of the bougainvillaea were burnt into my imagination.

Many years later, I discovered London’s cosmopolitan life, which became another daily inspiration for my art.

As an artist, I relish mixing various media, such as oil-sticks and acrylics on paper in an abstract style, combining them with manual collage. A seminal masterclass with Royal Academician artist David Mach opened mixed media to me in a completely unexpected way, and I have never stopped creating since.



My art is an invitation to reconnect to nature and ourselves. In such troubled times, it is comforting to think that small miracles still happen naturally, every day.

My pieces evoke contemplation, and ultimately, a return to memories of more serene times, as the start of a journey of self-healing.

The enigmatic figures akin to the relaxed presence of the wild suggest that nature can offer us the ability to restore tranquillity in a chaotic world.

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 a resident artist at M.A.D.S.Milano in their galleries in Milan and the Canary Islands.

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 the Canary Islands, at Monat Gallery in Madrid and in two collective exhibitions in Portugal, besides participating 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.

I will also be represented by Van Gogh Art Gallery in Art3f International Contemporary Art Fair in in November 2021, and I will exhibit with M.A.D.S. Art Gallery in Milan and the Canary Islands in the upcoming months and at an online solo exhibition curated by Albe Art Gallery, from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

My pieces have also been featured several times in BBC Radio Host Jo Good’s Middleagedminx Vlog and iconic British magazines such as House & Garden, The World of Interiors, TatlerVanity Fair, Life Magazines and Vogue.

The art magazine Artist TalkMagazine 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 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 preparing my participation in the Boom contemporary Art Fair and Art show, curated by Focus at the Carousel du Louvre, in Paris, next April. 



I am also working on international collaborations with other painters and designers, preparing to represent our work in Portugal and internationally.

“The true use of art is, first, to cultivate the artist’s own spiritual nature.”

– George Inness

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