“Rooted Realities” Solo Exhibit by German Diaz

Opening June 8, 2024 5:00pm – 8:00pm

On view June 8, 2024 – June 28, 2024

GERMAN DIAZ (Los Angeles, CA) is a multifaceted artist, whose practice encompasses painting, sculpture, and education. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Diaz has returned to his roots in LA, where he passionately explores themes surrounding the urgent realities of climate change, the plight of marginalized communities, and the organic cycles of decay and renewal. His recent collaborations with Viva La Puppet, Laurie Sefton Dance, and The reDiscover Center have showcased his dynamic approach to storytelling through art. Diaz’s work has been exhibited at prestigious venues including Exhibit A Gallery, Magic Meow, Top Hat Gallery, Seis Gallery, Monsterpalooza, and Midsummer Scream, capturing the attention of audiences with its profound social commentary and visceral aesthetic.

Artist Statement

In my artistic exploration, I find myself grappling with the perplexing notion of humanity’s estrangement from nature. Throughout history, humans have existed in symbiosis with the Earth, yet as we progressively detach from our ancestral traditions, we find ourselves immersed in a paradigm of isolation and environmental degradation.

In this series of artworks, I delve into the intricacies of my relationship with the natural world, endeavoring to shed the layers of indoctrination propagated by capitalist ideologies. Utilizing tactile mediums such as charcoal and sculpting with cardboard, I aim to imbue my creations with a tangible connection to the earth, emphasizing the importance of tactile engagement in fostering a deeper understanding of our environment.

Central to my artistic narrative are the depictions of humanoid figures grappling with the repercussions of contemporary ecological crises, from the poignant imagery of melting ice caps to the stark realities of food wastage. Through these portrayals, I invite viewers to contemplate the process of unraveling societal conditioning, advocating for a return to our organic roots and a reintegration with the natural world.

Ultimately, my art serves as a poignant reminder of the imperative to rekindle our connection with the soil beneath our feet, to heed the silent wisdom of the plants that sustain us, and to reclaim our rightful place as custodians of a harmonious coexistence with the natural world.