Marco Island Center for the Arts will present “The Gathering” a solo exhibition by artist Juan Diaz. This show will feature work in oils, acrylics, and mixed media. Diaz will present works that are a response to and interpretation of human and environmental issues from a psychological viewpoint. The diverse styles of Diaz’s work are used to elucidate the reality that surrounds him, illustrating the layers of humanity and the outer stories of life.
Diaz first came to Marco Island Center for the Arts as a student participant from Naples High School in 1999 during the then–annual High School Student Scholarship Competition and Exhibition that has been showcasing the artistic capabilities of Collier County’s finest young talent since 1983. Now, Juan Diaz will be completing the circle in his return to Marco Island Center for the Arts as an accomplished professional artist.
Diaz, a Naples resident, was born in Bogota, Columbia, in 1981. Diaz’s father, a professional sculptor and artist, noted his talented son’s natural creative intelligence and artistic gifts early in life. Diaz and his family relocated to Naples, Florida in 1995 where he began to create and explore the complexities of life seeking freedom, respect, and equality all through his painting and drawing. Diaz added to his creative repertoire using performing art and installation in 2010 and public art and sculpture were included in his ever-expanding areas of expertise in artistic skill.
In early 2006, Diaz met renowned artist Jonathan Green who resided in Naples, Florida. Green and his art manager Richard Weedman were impressed with Diaz’s compositional skills and his outstanding use of geometric planes and understanding of perspective and color, and offered him a mentorship to learn about art business, administrative and management methods, which lasted 3 years.
Diaz’s work has been included in important exhibitions in Southwest Florida as well as during Art Basel Miami Beach. His LIGHT Performance Art Series has been commissioned and treasured by the Holocaust Museum of Southwest Florida, The Naples Art Association, The Sidney & Berne Davies Art Center, The Naples Film Festival and recently the whole Series was presented at The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater.
Diaz was the recipient of the Southwest Florida 2013 FACE Award for Culture & Arts awarded by Gulfshore Life Business Magazine and the 1999 Porter Goss Award. Diaz’s style and early mastery in drawing and the use of oils earned him a range of awards for Best in Show and various scholarships. Diaz continues to independently study the works, styles, and techniques of master artists from the United States, Europe, South America, Asia and Africa.
“The Gathering” will be featured in Lauritzen and Rush Galleries January 11- March 2, 2021
- La Petite Gallery will feature the amazing journey of art created by Carolyn Burger. Burger will feature works of all different subjects, styles, colors, and sizes in her exhibition.
- Carolyn Burger: January 11 -February 2
- La Petite Gallery will feature the impressionist inspired works of Pat Perrotti. Perrotti uses her impressionistic style to paint florals, boats, figures, seascapes, and still life.
- Pat Perrotti: February 9 – March 2
Gallery Receptions for both artists on January 12, 2021, and February 9, 2021, by reservation only and limited to 30 participants. To reserve a place, call 239-394-4221.