Marcio Diaz

"In the brush strokes of a painter, lies the history of his people."
-Marcio Díaz

Statement

I was born in Murra, a small farming town in northern Nicaragua. I loved my home, but soon realized that my talent lay not in working the land, but in painting. Eager to develop my skill, I left the countryside in 1994 to enroll at the National Institute of Fine Arts in Managua. I gradually widened the focus of my education and graduated with a BA in architecture paying my way through college by teaching painting and art history. Although I worked as an architect for several years, eventually my love for the act of creation led me to return to my painting. Now I devote myself exclusively to that.

Growing up in a rural environment gave me a special awareness for the intensity and variety of colors I found around me. As a result, all the colors I paint with can be found on Nature’s spectrum, whether it’s the blazing red of an Amapola  flower, the iridescent sheen of the Guardabarranco’s feathers, or the ecstatic rainbow of a folkloric dress. At harvest time, the fields and forests of my homeland are saturated with all the hues of imagination; these are just a few of the memories that inspire my palette . . .

While living in the Pacific Northwest I developed my signature style known as “Bublism”. The effects of raindrops while driving –the distortion of objects and colors seen through the windshield- was the inspiration for the swirling colors and softly defined shapes featured in my artwork.  

After drawing and coloring a background painting, I apply successive layers of color to the drawing by dipping my brush into the paint and let it drip onto the canvas. Using a special technique, I heat the canvas and then—when the pigments are almost dry—I wipe it down. I repeat this process many times, followed by many layers of circles of color to reinforce and harmonize the whole composition.

Spirituality bubbles up from my canvasses, swirls around, then melts back into the scenery. Children can sense this. In fact, the first time I exhibited this technique in public, children were especially taken with it. They spontaneously started calling it “bubble painting.” So, following their lead, I decided to call my style bubblism.

I am constantly studying art around the world and adapting what I like most to my own style. My dream is to one day build an art school for underprivileged youth in my country as well as to promote culture and strengthen and nurture friendship and collaboration thought art everywhere I go.

 

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EDUCATION

  • B.A. in Architecture – UPONIC - Nicaragua 2000 - 2006
  • Instituto Reyno de Suecia, Estelí, Nicaragua 1995 - 2000
  • National School of Fine Arts “Rodrigo Peñalba” 1989 - 1995

CURRENT GALLERIES AND REPRESENTATION

  • ArtXchange Gallery, Seattle, WA, USA 03/10 - Present
  • Cole Gallery, Edmonds, WA, USA   06/13-  Present
  • {9} The Gallery, Phoenix, AZ, USA 03/13-  Present 
  • Casa Estelí Gallery, Estelí, Nicaragua 09/07 - Present 

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Edmonds Art Festival, June, 2017, Edmonds, WA
  • Solo Exhibition, ArtXchange Gallery, Seattle, WA. USA Winter  May -2017
  • La Quinta Art Festival, La Quinta, CA. USA March 6-9, 2014
  • Cole Gallery, Edmonds, WA Group Show March 2014
  • Bellevue Festival of the Arts, Bellevue, WA, USA   July 25-27, 2014

RECENT TV SEGMENTS 

  • In COLOR on KIRO 7 segment aired on 6/26/2011   
  • Univision segment aired on May 2011 watch the video on YouTube.

GALLERY REPRESENTATION

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

  • La Quinta Art Festival 03/ 2011, 03/2012, 03/2014,2015
  • Sausalito Art Festival, Sausalito, CA, USA Sept.,  2011, 2013,2015
  • Solo Exhibition, ArtXchange Gallery, Seattle, WA. USA June – July, 2013
  • Bellevue Festival of the Arts, Bellevue, WA, USA   July 2008 -2014  
  • Edmonds Art Festival, Edmonds, WA, USA 2009,  2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
  • Solo Exhibition, Rio II Gallery, Manhattan, NY. USA Sept. & Oct.  2012
  • Corvallis Art Festival, Corvallis OR. USA Sept. 2012
  • Art Festival, Vancouver, Canada   August 3-12, 2012
  • Salem Art Festival, Salem, OR, USA 2011, 2012, 2013
  • SOLO exhibition, ArtXchange, Seattle, WA, USA May and June, 2011
  • Opus Vll Gallery, Eugene, OR, USA    08/10 – 05/2012
  • Best of the Northwest, Seattle, WA. USA Nov. 16-18,  2012
  • Anacortes Art Festival Anacortes, WA, USA Aug., 5-7,  2011
  • Central WA University, Ellensburg, WA, USA October 2011 
  • The Robert Daniel Gallery, Tacoma, WA, USA 12/08 – 12/10  
  • Onda Gallery, Portland, OR, USA 02/10 – 12/10
  • Art in the Pearl, Portland, OR, USA 09/2010
  • Summer Introductions, SAM Rental Gallery, Seattle, WA, USA 07/2010 – 05/2011
  • Sense US 2010, ArtXchange Gallery, Seattle, WA, USA 03/2009 - 04/2010 
  • Ethnic Art Connection Exhibition, Seattle Center,  Seattle, WA USA   03/10/2010
  • Seattle City Hall, Art for All Exhibition  09/2009 - 11/2009
  • Benham Gallery, Downtown Seattle, WA, USA   02/2009 - 05/2009
  • Rebecca V Gallery, Tacoma, WA, USA   03/2007 - 12/2008 
  • Hispanic Heritage Month Exhibition, Dupont, WA, USA  10/2008 
  • Broadway Center for the Arts Exhibition, Tacoma , WA, USA   09/2008 
  • Seattle University, Seattle, WA, USA (Solo)   01/2008 - 05/2008 
  • University of Washington, Bothell ,  WA, USA (Solo)   03/2008 - 05/2008 
  • Latino Art Exhibition, Tacoma, WA, USA  11/2007 - 02/2008 
  • All Nations World Cup, Tukwila, WA, USA   06/2008 
  • All Nations World Cup, Tukwila, WA, USA  07/2007 
  • Palacio Nacional de la Cultura, Managua, Nicaragua  04/2006 
  • Casa de Cultura Estelí, Estelí, Nicaragua (Solo and Collective)  1995-2005 
  • “Arte Nica” Frankfurt, Germany 2003 
  • Casa de Cultura, Granada, Nicaragua 
  • Casa de Cultura Masaya, Nicaragua 
  • Casa de Cultura Matagalpa, Nicaragua 
  • Teatro Ruben Dario, Managua, Nicaragua 
  • Teatro Justo Rufino Garay (In honor of Vincent Van Gogh) 
  • Centro Cultural Managua, Nicaragua (Solo) 
  • Galería Praxis, Managua, Nicaragua (Solo and Collective) 
  • Galería Genesis, Managua Nicaragua (Solo and Collective) 
  • Central American Youth Paintings, San Miguelito, El Salvador 1995 
  • Latin American Paintings, Popular Library, Boulder, CO, USA 1995 
  • Niños en el Exilio, Tegucigalpa, Honduras 1990 

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

  • Odyssey Enterprises, Inc., Seattle, WA, USA
  • Banco Central de Nicaragua, Managua, Nicaragua 
  • Seattle University, Seattle, WA USA 
  • Casa Estelí, Estelí, Nicaragua 
  • Boulder Popular Library, Boulder, CO, USA 

AWARDS

  • Anacortes Art Festival Anacortes, WA, USA 2011
  • National Art Contest, 3rd Place Winner, Nicaragua 2007 
  • Artist of the Year, Estelí, Nicaragua 2005, 2006 
  • Recognition for high standards and quality of work by the 
  • Ministry for the Cultural Advancement of Nicaragua, Granada, Nicaragua  2000 
  • Commendation for Craft and Artistry by the City of Estelí, Nicaragua 2000 
  • Inspirational Young Latino Artist, Boulder, CO, USA 1995 

PUBLICATIONS

NOTES OF INTEREST

  • Worked as sketch artist for a live television show in Nicaragua for 2 years. 
  • Worked as a math, art and art history teacher at the high school and college level.
  • Organizes supports and/or teaches workshops for young talents.
  • Is involved with the arts community Nicaragua and continues to promote Nicaraguan culture,  people and art in current home Washington State, USA. 
  • Is currently taking intensive English classes in pursuit of a Master’s degree in Fine Arts.

LANGUAGES

  • Spanish and English 

 

Recent Press

Tiny bubbles: the effervescent pastorals of Marcio Díaz

Seattle Times, December 22, 2015

Catalogs

Sense of Place, 2012
Marcio Diaz: Paintings, 2015