Beatriz Diaz is a Graduate of Photography Video and Related Media at School of Visual Arts in New York. She received her B.A. in Art History from Universidad Iberoamericana. Her one person shows include Nothing to Take, at One9Zero6 gallery in San Antonio, Texas and Mexican Photographs at Los Mexicanos gallery in Hamburg, Germany. She teaches at the Academy of Visual Arts (AAVI) in Mexico City and writes for Fahrenheitº Magazine. She was awarded the Fulbright Scholarship sponsored by the JUMEX Fundation/Collection in 2008 and the Program of Scholarship for Studies Abroad of the National Fund for the Arts and Culture (FONCA) in 2009.
This is a collection of photographs of plastic plants purchased in different stores in New York City. The project deals with the idea of artificial plants made for decoration, and the use of nature as a product within a capitalist society. The systematic and formal approach functions as a botanical study and as a comment on the work of the photographer Karl Blossfeldt. 99¢ archetypes of nature is an investigation into the simulation of primordial forms in the patterns of plastic plants. The images ironically shift between opposites: seductive-repulsive, beautiful-horrifying, natural-artificial.
MFA in Photography, Video and Related Media. School of Visual Arts, New York.
Artists Residency Program, School of Visual Arts, New York.
BA in Art History, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City.
99¢ Archetypes of Nature. Second Floor Gallery, SVA, New York, NY. USA. 2010.
Nothing to Take. One9zero6 Gallery, San Antonio, Texas, USA. 2005.
Mexican Photographs. Los Mexicanos Gallery, Hamburg, Germany. 2001.
Group shows (selection):
Feria Internacional de Libros de Artista, Centro de la Imagen, 2011
El Arte es un Viaje. Festival de Video y Fotografía Mexico, D.F. 2010
Le Garage. Les Rencontres d'Arles Photography Festival. Ales, France, 2010
Thesis Show. Visual Arts Gallery, NY, 2010
A Pyramid Scheme. Page Not Found, Brooklyn, NY, 2009.
Legacy Revised. West Side Gallery, SVA, NY, 2009.
2009-2010, National Fund for the Arts and Culture.
2008-2010, Fullbright Scholarship, García Robles.
2008-2010, Jumex Fundation.
First Prize: National Encounter for Emerging Artists. INBA, Aguascalientes, 2000.
National Encounter for Emerging Artists. INBA, Aguascalientes, 2000.
School of Visual Arts. MFA Photo, Video and Related Media department collection.
Ruby Otherworldliness, Gestalten.
The Collectors Guide to New Art Photography” Humble Arts Foundation.
School of Visual Arts. MFA Photo, Video and Related Media. Thesis Catalogue.
Web publications (selection):
http://www.ruby-mag.com.ar/site/index.html issue 47
http://sharemag.net/ portfolio Beatriz Diaz