b. 1963 Pitalito, Columbia
Resides in Berlin, Germany
Wilson Díaz was born in 1963 in Pitalito, Colombia. His work has been characterized for responding to his immediate context and often propelling polemic discussions through witful imaginaries and poetics that arise from its formal simplicity always bound to a profound research and reflection on the theme his working in. This results in outwardly simple documents rooted in moments and encounters that are often lost to history, yet which form the vital fabric of human experience.
Díaz’s practice includes music, painting, photography, video and performance art. While the range of mediums and approaches is broad, Díaz’s oeuvre is unified by his enduring commitment to explore the inerrant tensions within Colombian reality and specifically by interrogating the ubiquitous representation of economical, political, social and cultural issues in the mass media. In capturing intimate moments and tracing complex constellations of human relations, his art offers persuasive alternatives to conventional perceptions shaped by ideology and propaganda. Moreover, his necessity to orchestrate situations with his own body transforms his exhibitions into vital experiences. Alongside his individual practice, Diaz is a member of Helena Producciones, a grassroots collective of artists formed in 1998 to build an inclusive creative community in Cali’s challenging context, to produce a regular performance festival.