b. 1972, USA. Lives and works in Bangkok, Thailand
After completing a BA in Architecture from the California College of Arts in San Francisco, Douglas Diaz returned to his native New York City to pursue a Masters in Advance Architecture Design degree from Columbia University. Upon graduation and several jobs in architecture and design firms, Douglas shifted from the professional realm to academia, teaching at numerous institutions: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Bennington College, and Pratt Institute, before settling at two different teaching positions. At Columbia University, where he held the post of Adjunct Professor and simultaneously at Parsons School of Design, the position of Assistant Professor.
In 2015 he dedicated himself full time to his true passion: art. Using graphite on canvas or paper, Douglas Diaz’s work explores questions of his own humanity, embracing fears and the darkness that lies deep within the unconscious in an attempt to gain spiritual equanimity. Influenced by Zen Buddhism, Douglas’s practice begins with a meditation that allows him to express his emotional state in the purest way possible. Over the years the work has grown both in complexity and scale, but never veering too far from a minimal approach to materiality and emotional expressionism.
His work has been exhibited in solo and group shows since 2015 across Australia, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Thailand and the United States. In 2017, Douglas had his first solo museum exhibition titled SHUKKE at Art 1 Museum, Indonesia. His work is collected privately and publicly in 18 different countries.