COL (1963). Lives and works in Cali
Wilson Diaz works in paint, photography, video, music, and performance. He investigates the relationships that exist between Colombia’s political, sports, and cultural personalities. Critical of Colombian society, Diaz references the insurgent movement and the country’s infamy due to the illegal drug trade. His audacious work has often provoked controversy. His own body is becoming increasingly prominent, which he uses to evaluate the relationship between art and politics, referencing the Body Art movement of the sixties and seventies and artists such as Manzoni, Long, Mendieta, and Oppenheim. Since 1999 he has been a member of the musical project Las Malas Amistades (Bad friendships) and is one of the founding members of Helena Producciones, an art collective that organizes the Performance Festival in Cali, where he lives and works.
His solo shows include the Premio Luis Caballero at the Santa Fé Gallery in Bogota, (2001), Long Live the New Flesh, at the Valenzuela Klenner Gallery in Bogota (2003), Wilson Díaz: Mains d’Oeuvres in Paris, France, Movement of the liberation of the coca plant (with Amy Franceschini and Reyes Pritikin), at the Beulah Gallery in Point Reyes, California (2009), La flor caduca de la hermosura de su gloria (The beauty and glory of a flower expires), at the Santa Fé Gallery in Bogota (2011) and the Museum of Art in Pereira, Colombia (2012).
Diaz’s group shows include Terror y Escape (Terror and escape), at the Chamber of Commerce in Cali, Colombia, Gozo Perezoso (Aterciopelados), at the Santa Fé Gallery in Bogota (2001), Yes, en cualquier lugar puede suceder (Yes, it can happen anywhere), at the Art Museum in Puerto Rico (2002), the VII Encuentro del Instituto E-Misférica de Performance y Política at the Universidad Nacional in Bogota, Visionarios: Audiovisual en Latinoamérica, Estados alterados 2008–2009 (Visionaries: audiovisuals in Latin America, altered states, 2008–2009), at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, Spain, the Art Museum in Bolivia, the Museo de Arte Moderno y Centro de la Imagen in Mexico City, the French Alliance in Buenos Aires, and the Itaú Cultural Institute in Sao Paulo, Brazil.