Jerald Melberg Gallery is pleased to present a new solo exhibition of recent paintings and sculpture by Cordoba, Argentina artist Raúl Diáz (b. 1952). Diáz has spent many years perfecting a technique for his two-dimensional works in which he carves thick wooden panels and then paints them. His imagery draws on childhood memories of lake fishing with his father and grandfather. The sight of wooden fishing boats, either dotting the water or stacked on the beach, is indelible in Diáz’ memory, and these same vessels frequently appear in the work as a metaphor for life’s journey. His compositions are notable for their contrast of dream-like imagery and contemplative silence with technical invention.
Raúl Diáz is one of the best known and celebrated living artists in Argentina. He has had over thirty-five solo exhibitions, including a mid-career retrospective in 2010 at the Caraffa Museo (of Modern Art) in Cordoba. He exhibits worldwide and has been represented by Jerald Melberg Gallery for twenty years.