2018 | NYC | Artist
TOMAS DIAZ CEDEÑO
Pig skin, branches, seeds, roots, earth, garlic, concrete nails, pigment, hemp, fabric and plaster. 2018. Se hizo un pequeño hoyo en la tierra con las manos
Tomás Díaz Cedeño is a Mexico City-based artist whose practice focuses on questions relating to the body, how the body is or how it can be represented. Díaz Cedeño probes the limits between objecthood and humankind by examining the expressive range material objects can embody when forced into previously unknown relationships in an obsessive artistic encounter. A case in point is a recent body of sculptures realized for his solo show at BWSMX in 2018. Although these works have a reflective quality they are not mirrors, but are intended to meaningfully reflect varied – and often repressed — human desires and fears. Formally, the sculptures are intended to evoke, frontally, the scale and presence of large human bodies; that the pigmented plaster of the sculptures suggests a white flesh is also no accident. The artist examines these questions through a delicate, tenuous–even grotesque–visual language rooted in a committed, intimate dialogue with the materials he uses.
Tomás Díaz is represented by the gallery BWSMX in Mexio City. Later on this year, his work will be included in the group show "Pintura Reactiva" at Museo Carrillo Gill, Mexico City. He has shown among others at Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca (Oaxaca); The Wrong New Digital Art Biennial, and various independent spaces across Mexico including Parallel Oaxaca, Lodos Contemporáneo, NO Space, La Compañía, Yautepec Gallery, Hotel Londres and darkarts.international. In the USA he exhibited in 2017 at Torres Gutierrez, Los Angeles, CA ; This Psychodrama, SME Gallery, UC San Diego, CA (2016).
Support: TOMAS DIAZ CEDEÑO's residency is made possible with support from Peana Projects and Rockefeller Brothers Fund.