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CHOREOGRAPHY OF COMPASSION, 2018
160 x 210 cm (63 x 82.6 inches)
Graphite and oil on canvas
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An exploration into the vastness of compassion and how it can be applied to internally rather than externally.
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#art  #contemporaryart #drawing #gesture #douglasdiaz #oncanvas  #buddhism  #bangkok #thailand #painting #canvas #exploration #compassion
I am in Japan preparing for my next show: SOUL—a group exhibition for WSMA (Wooden School Museum of Art). This year’s show will take place in the city of Gose, Nara Prefecture.
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Exhibition opens on the 10th of November and runs until the 18th.
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Super fortunate to be one of the 9 artist selected to participate in this amazing show, which brings contemporary art to the countryside of Japan. 
Some of the artist included are:
@artkuranuki3901 @keitanimoto @kitaurara, @nishioka_kiyoshi, #sakamotokazuyuki, amongst others.
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If you happen to be in Nara, please stop by. I will be present everyday of the exhibition.
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#art #contemporaryart #japan #nara #gose #buddhism #douglasdiaz #sakamotokazuyuki #graphiteoncanvas #graphiteonpaper #wsma #naraprefecture #soul
I am in Japan preparing for my next show: SOUL—a group exhibition for WSMA (Wooden School Museum of Art). This year’s show will take place in the city of Gose, Nara Prefecture. - Exhibition opens on the 10th of November and runs until the 18th. - Super fortunate to be one of the 9 artist selected to participate in this amazing show, which brings contemporary art to the countryside of Japan. Some of the artist included are: @artkuranuki3901 @keitanimoto @kitaurara, @nishioka_kiyoshi, #sakamotokazuyuki , amongst others. - If you happen to be in Nara, please stop by. I will be present everyday of the exhibition. - #art  #contemporaryart  #japan  #nara  #gose  #buddhism  #douglasdiaz  #sakamotokazuyuki  #graphiteoncanvas  #graphiteonpaper  #wsma  #naraprefecture  #soul 
Spotted in a new home
THE MOMENT THE BELOVED COMES TO YOU, 2018
1O0 x 80 cm (39 x 31 inches)
Graphite, oil pastels on paper
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Thank you for the support Mattias!
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From a series of drawings I made in Stockholm.
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#art  #contemporaryart #drawing #gesture #douglasdiaz #oncanvas  #buddhism  #bangkok #thailand #intimacy #graphiteoncanvas #painting #canvas #exploration #intimacy #pigmenttokyo #pigments #color #kunst #stockholm #sweden #artinhome #arthanging
Spotted in a new home THE MOMENT THE BELOVED COMES TO YOU, 2018 1O0 x 80 cm (39 x 31 inches) Graphite, oil pastels on paper - Thank you for the support Mattias! - From a series of drawings I made in Stockholm. - #art   #contemporaryart  #drawing  #gesture  #douglasdiaz  #oncanvas   #buddhism   #bangkok  #thailand  #intimacy  #graphiteoncanvas  #painting  #canvas  #exploration  #intimacy  #pigmenttokyo  #pigments  #color  #kunst  #stockholm  #sweden  #artinhome  #arthanging 
THE REAL SELF, 2018
210 x 250 cm (82.6 x 98.4 inches)
Graphite, charcoal,oil pastel, and medium on canvas
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In the previous post I talked about there being two ways to understand the self. The ego self and now this one, the real self. 
The real self is made up of the expression that follows one’s truth. This truth exist deep inside one’s being. It is not in contrast or in opposition to anything. It simply exist there. To make this piece I focused on what is my truth.
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One thing to note is that the ego self and the real self need each other. They both exist. The challenge in understanding who I am rest in discovering which is which.
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Mos Def’s (@yasiinbey)deeply intimate song UMI SAYS provides the substrate that underscores a personal struggle to find my own identity. His lyrics are an invitation to dig into the challenges of being a man, being creative, the suffocating possibility that “tomorrow is not promised for (people like) you and me.”
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For more on this series please look at earlier posts.
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#art  #contemporaryart #drawing #gesture #douglasdiaz #oncanvas  #buddhism  #bangkok #thailand #intimacy #graphiteoncanvas #painting #canvas #exploration #intimacy #mosdef #umisays #umisaysshineyourlightontheworld #yasiinbey #freedom
THE REAL SELF, 2018 210 x 250 cm (82.6 x 98.4 inches) Graphite, charcoal,oil pastel, and medium on canvas - - In the previous post I talked about there being two ways to understand the self. The ego self and now this one, the real self. The real self is made up of the expression that follows one’s truth. This truth exist deep inside one’s being. It is not in contrast or in opposition to anything. It simply exist there. To make this piece I focused on what is my truth. - One thing to note is that the ego self and the real self need each other. They both exist. The challenge in understanding who I am rest in discovering which is which. - Mos Def’s (@yasiinbey)deeply intimate song UMI SAYS provides the substrate that underscores a personal struggle to find my own identity. His lyrics are an invitation to dig into the challenges of being a man, being creative, the suffocating possibility that “tomorrow is not promised for (people like) you and me.” - For more on this series please look at earlier posts. - #art   #contemporaryart  #drawing  #gesture  #douglasdiaz  #oncanvas   #buddhism   #bangkok  #thailand  #intimacy  #graphiteoncanvas  #painting  #canvas  #exploration  #intimacy  #mosdef  #umisays  #umisaysshineyourlightontheworld  #yasiinbey  #freedom 
THE EGO SELF, 2018
210 x 250 cm (82.6 x 98.4 inches)
Graphite, charcoal,oil pastel, and medium on canvas
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Coming off the UMI SAYS series, my thoughts returned to the idea of the self. In the context of a greater understanding of what it means to have a body, to be human, and the binary condition of being and not being*. This drove me to the exploration of two reductive thoughts on the self: first, that the self is inescapably linked to the notion of the Ego. And the second is that perhaps the “ego” is in juxtaposition to another version of the self that I called the “real”.
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In this Ego Self, I started to consider the formation of the self in the sense of a socially bound, morally constructed and restricted entity that defines who we are and who we can become. 
This painting is the beginning thought of an “ego” self that.
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Note:  I think there is a possibility of transgression which leads to surpassing this ego self, but it requires a great strength, determination and heaps of awareness.
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Mos Def’s (@yasiinbey)deeply intimate song UMI SAYS provides the substrate that underscores a personal struggle to find my own identity. His lyrics are an invitation to dig into the challenges of being a man, being creative, the suffocating possibility that “tomorrow is not promised for (people like) you and me.”
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For more on this series please look at earlier posts.
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* Perhaps it is not really a binary condition?
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#art  #contemporaryart #drawing #gesture #douglasdiaz #oncanvas  #buddhism  #bangkok #thailand #intimacy #graphiteoncanvas #painting #canvas #exploration #intimacy #mosdef #umisays #umisaysshineyourlightontheworld #yasiinbey #freedom #binary #self #ego
THE EGO SELF, 2018 210 x 250 cm (82.6 x 98.4 inches) Graphite, charcoal,oil pastel, and medium on canvas - - Coming off the UMI SAYS series, my thoughts returned to the idea of the self. In the context of a greater understanding of what it means to have a body, to be human, and the binary condition of being and not being*. This drove me to the exploration of two reductive thoughts on the self: first, that the self is inescapably linked to the notion of the Ego. And the second is that perhaps the “ego” is in juxtaposition to another version of the self that I called the “real”. - In this Ego Self, I started to consider the formation of the self in the sense of a socially bound, morally constructed and restricted entity that defines who we are and who we can become. This painting is the beginning thought of an “ego” self that. - Note: I think there is a possibility of transgression which leads to surpassing this ego self, but it requires a great strength, determination and heaps of awareness. - Mos Def’s (@yasiinbey)deeply intimate song UMI SAYS provides the substrate that underscores a personal struggle to find my own identity. His lyrics are an invitation to dig into the challenges of being a man, being creative, the suffocating possibility that “tomorrow is not promised for (people like) you and me.” - For more on this series please look at earlier posts. - * Perhaps it is not really a binary condition? - #art   #contemporaryart  #drawing  #gesture  #douglasdiaz  #oncanvas   #buddhism   #bangkok  #thailand  #intimacy  #graphiteoncanvas  #painting  #canvas  #exploration  #intimacy  #mosdef  #umisays  #umisaysshineyourlightontheworld  #yasiinbey  #freedom  #binary  #self  #ego 
When your good friend @alireza_razavi has an incredible for photography and happens to be an amazing architect @studiorazavi, who places your work in photo shoots, you simply say “thank you”.
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#art  #contemporaryart #drawing #gesture #douglasdiaz #onpaper  #buddhism  #paris #France  #graphiteonpaper #kunst  #artinhome #arthanging#architecture #studiorazavi #studiorazaviarchitecture #alirezarazavi
Travel drawings
Completely forgot to post these. Made during my last trip to Japan. 
All the following drawings are made using graphite and oil pastel on paper { 36 x 26 cm (14 x 10 inches) }

This set was made in Hayama, Japan
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How do you find yourself?
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Doubt is always there
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But we are the same
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Why don’t we love one another?
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Fly away
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To be your own
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To cry to be alone
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To be you is to risk
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To be you, to be singular
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#art  #contemporaryart #drawing #gesture #douglasdiaz #onpaper  #buddhism  #tarifa #spain #españa #travel #oilpastel  #exploration #traveldrawing
Travel drawings Completely forgot to post these. Made during my last trip to Japan. All the following drawings are made using graphite and oil pastel on paper { 36 x 26 cm (14 x 10 inches) } This set was made in Hayama, Japan In order of appearance: - How do you find yourself? - Doubt is always there - But we are the same - Why don’t we love one another? - Fly away - To be your own - To cry to be alone - To be you is to risk - To be you, to be singular - #art   #contemporaryart  #drawing  #gesture  #douglasdiaz  #onpaper   #buddhism   #tarifa  #spain  #españa  #travel  #oilpastel  #exploration  #traveldrawing 
COMPASSION, 2018
160x 180 cm (63 x 71 inches)
Graphite, charcoal,pigment, oil pastels, and medium on canvas
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A constant reminder, cause I need it all the time.
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AVAILABLE. DM for information.
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#art  #contemporaryart #drawing #gesture #douglasdiaz #oncanvas  #buddhism  #bangkok #thailand #intimacy #graphiteoncanvas #painting #canvas #exploration #intimacy #compassion #emotions #exploration
SOMETHING WHICH EXISTS BEFORE ALL FORM OR COLORS APPEAR, 2018
210 x 500 cm (82.6 x 196.8 inches)
Graphite, charcoal,oil, metal filings and medium on canvas
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Available.
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The deeper I went into the UMI SAYS series, the more entangled my ideas of intimacy became. Clarity was brief and fleeting, often giving way to questions with no easy answers.
In the midst of this particular episode, I came across this passage: 
Believing In Nothing “In our everyday life our thinking is ninety-nine percent self-centered. ‘Why do I have suffering? Why do I have trouble?’” The idea of accepting everything and believing in nothing has been extremely helpful in understanding that whatever my particular situation is at this moment, it is not finite nor definitive. The situation has another beginning and it will continue onto something else. Therefore I should enjoy what is present here and now. More so, I should enjoy it precisely because I am here and now.
The title of this piece is emblematic of this exact thought: my confusion gave way to reading, which gave way to this passage, which gave way to this painting, which gave way to an insight, and so forth.
The clarity gained during this process now has to become a practice.
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Mos Def’s (@yasiinbey)deeply intimate song UMI SAYS provides the substrate that underscores a personal struggle to find my own identity. His lyrics are an invitation to dig into the challenges of being a man, being creative, the suffocating possibility that “tomorrow is not promised for (people like) you and me.”
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For more on this series please look at earlier posts.
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#art  #contemporaryart #drawing #gesture #douglasdiaz #oncanvas  #buddhism  #bangkok #thailand #intimacy #graphiteoncanvas #painting #canvas #exploration #intimacy #mosdef #umisays #umisaysshineyourlightontheworld #yasiinbey #freedom #nothing #everything
SOMETHING WHICH EXISTS BEFORE ALL FORM OR COLORS APPEAR, 2018 210 x 500 cm (82.6 x 196.8 inches) Graphite, charcoal,oil, metal filings and medium on canvas - Available. - The deeper I went into the UMI SAYS series, the more entangled my ideas of intimacy became. Clarity was brief and fleeting, often giving way to questions with no easy answers. In the midst of this particular episode, I came across this passage: Believing In Nothing “In our everyday life our thinking is ninety-nine percent self-centered. ‘Why do I have suffering? Why do I have trouble?’” The idea of accepting everything and believing in nothing has been extremely helpful in understanding that whatever my particular situation is at this moment, it is not finite nor definitive. The situation has another beginning and it will continue onto something else. Therefore I should enjoy what is present here and now. More so, I should enjoy it precisely because I am here and now. The title of this piece is emblematic of this exact thought: my confusion gave way to reading, which gave way to this passage, which gave way to this painting, which gave way to an insight, and so forth. The clarity gained during this process now has to become a practice. - Mos Def’s (@yasiinbey)deeply intimate song UMI SAYS provides the substrate that underscores a personal struggle to find my own identity. His lyrics are an invitation to dig into the challenges of being a man, being creative, the suffocating possibility that “tomorrow is not promised for (people like) you and me.” - For more on this series please look at earlier posts. - #art   #contemporaryart  #drawing  #gesture  #douglasdiaz  #oncanvas   #buddhism   #bangkok  #thailand  #intimacy  #graphiteoncanvas  #painting  #canvas  #exploration  #intimacy  #mosdef  #umisays  #umisaysshineyourlightontheworld  #yasiinbey  #freedom  #nothing  #everything 
COMPASSION FOR OTHERS, 2018
160x 180 cm (63 x 71 inches)
Graphite, charcoal,pigment, oil pastels, and medium on canvas
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A constant reminder, cause I need it all the time.
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AVAILABLE. DM for information.
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#art  #contemporaryart #drawing #gesture #douglasdiaz #oncanvas  #buddhism  #bangkok #thailand #intimacy #graphiteoncanvas #painting #canvas #exploration #intimacy #compassion #emotions #exploration
LOST.2, 2018
100 x 160 cm (39.37 x 63 inches)
Graphite, oil pastels, and oil on paper
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Available. DM for details.
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#art  #contemporaryart #drawing #gesture #douglasdiaz #oncanvas  #buddhism  #bangkok #thailand #lost #graphiteonpaper #painting #drawing #exploration #emotions
LOST.1, 2018
100 x 80 cm (39.37 x 31.5 inches)
Graphite, oil pastels, and oil on paper
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#art  #contemporaryart #drawing #gesture #douglasdiaz #oncanvas  #buddhism  #bangkok #thailand #lost #graphiteonpaper #painting #drawing #exploration #emotions
BETTER, 2018
160x 180 cm (63 x 71 inches)
Graphite, charcoal,pigment, oil pastels, and medium on canvas
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Compassion makes everything better.
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#art  #contemporaryart #drawing #gesture #douglasdiaz #oncanvas  #buddhism  #bangkok #thailand #intimacy #graphiteoncanvas #painting #canvas #exploration #intimacy #compassion #umisays #emotions #exploration
COMPASSION, 2018
160x 180 cm (63 x 71inches)
Graphite, charcoal,pigment, oil pastels, and medium on canvas
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This one was done a few months ago. In the midst of the UMI SAYS series I started to realize that the toll of investigating the frustrations and vulnerability expressed both in the song by also in my own work was starting to drain me. Energetically I was empty. Not the emptiness that produces an endless array of possibilities but one of depletion. 
After a day of non work and a difficult meditation, I decided to take a break. The act itself was one of compassion. I only noticed it the next day when I sat to work and my meditation was filled with a softness and longing. 
As I started to work, using many layers of white, which would erase or obscure my previous gestures, I realized that compassion sometime works by giving a new opportunity for something else to surface. 
The act of making gave way to the realization. The final outcome is one of acceptance. Regardless of what I think about this piece, it itself is the embodiment of what I needed at the time.
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I have been thinking about the place in art history that my work may occupy (if I dare to be so bold), and more so, which place would I like to occupy. The answer is somewhere closer to a humanistic approach that is universally expressed through abstraction without being representational. I am still searching for a way to describe what I do.
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#art  #contemporaryart #drawing #gesture #douglasdiaz #oncanvas  #buddhism  #bangkok #thailand #intimacy #graphiteoncanvas #painting #canvas #exploration #intimacy #compassion #umisays #emotions #exploration
COMPASSION, 2018 160x 180 cm (63 x 71inches) Graphite, charcoal,pigment, oil pastels, and medium on canvas - This one was done a few months ago. In the midst of the UMI SAYS series I started to realize that the toll of investigating the frustrations and vulnerability expressed both in the song by also in my own work was starting to drain me. Energetically I was empty. Not the emptiness that produces an endless array of possibilities but one of depletion. After a day of non work and a difficult meditation, I decided to take a break. The act itself was one of compassion. I only noticed it the next day when I sat to work and my meditation was filled with a softness and longing. As I started to work, using many layers of white, which would erase or obscure my previous gestures, I realized that compassion sometime works by giving a new opportunity for something else to surface. The act of making gave way to the realization. The final outcome is one of acceptance. Regardless of what I think about this piece, it itself is the embodiment of what I needed at the time. - I have been thinking about the place in art history that my work may occupy (if I dare to be so bold), and more so, which place would I like to occupy. The answer is somewhere closer to a humanistic approach that is universally expressed through abstraction without being representational. I am still searching for a way to describe what I do. - #art   #contemporaryart  #drawing  #gesture  #douglasdiaz  #oncanvas   #buddhism   #bangkok  #thailand  #intimacy  #graphiteoncanvas  #painting  #canvas  #exploration  #intimacy  #compassion  #umisays  #emotions  #exploration 
Travel drawings
Last set of my trip.
All the following drawings are made using graphite and oil pastel on paper and measure 54.5 x 40 cm.

This set was made in Tarifa, Spain
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My heart needs stillness ¿Es más valiosa la vida cuando se ama intensamente?
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The hour of the beloved has arrived
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The time has come
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Just over there,
The beloved.
Come
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#art  #contemporaryart #drawing #gesture #douglasdiaz #onpaper  #buddhism  #tarifa #spain #españa #travel #oilpastel  #exploration #traveldrawing
Travel drawings Last set of my trip. All the following drawings are made using graphite and oil pastel on paper and measure 54.5 x 40 cm. This set was made in Tarifa, Spain In order of appearance: - My heart needs stillness ¿Es más valiosa la vida cuando se ama intensamente? - The hour of the beloved has arrived - The time has come - Just over there, The beloved. Come - - #art   #contemporaryart  #drawing  #gesture  #douglasdiaz  #onpaper   #buddhism   #tarifa  #spain  #españa  #travel  #oilpastel  #exploration  #traveldrawing 
Spotted in a new home:
LONGING FOR LOVE, 2018
160 x 140 cm (63 x 55 inches)
Graphite, charcoal,pigments, and medium on canvas
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Thank you for the support Daniella.
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Often when I sit down to work, I am adrift, aimless, confused and desperately seeking to find a direction. Then at other times I am overcome with a deep sense of love, a mixture of calmness, reassurance, faith, stillness and clarity. But each day is different, and as much as I try to appreciate them for what they are, the days I cherish the most are the ones that start off adrift and find stillness through the centering of love. This painting is an homage to those days.
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#art  #contemporaryart #drawing #gesture #douglasdiaz #oncanvas  #buddhism  #bangkok #thailand #intimacy #graphiteoncanvas #painting #canvas #exploration #intimacy #pigmenttokyo #pigments #color #kunst #stockholm #sweden #artinhome #arthanging
Spotted in a new home: LONGING FOR LOVE, 2018 160 x 140 cm (63 x 55 inches) Graphite, charcoal,pigments, and medium on canvas - Thank you for the support Daniella. - Often when I sit down to work, I am adrift, aimless, confused and desperately seeking to find a direction. Then at other times I am overcome with a deep sense of love, a mixture of calmness, reassurance, faith, stillness and clarity. But each day is different, and as much as I try to appreciate them for what they are, the days I cherish the most are the ones that start off adrift and find stillness through the centering of love. This painting is an homage to those days. - - #art   #contemporaryart  #drawing  #gesture  #douglasdiaz  #oncanvas   #buddhism   #bangkok  #thailand  #intimacy  #graphiteoncanvas  #painting  #canvas  #exploration  #intimacy  #pigmenttokyo  #pigments  #color  #kunst  #stockholm  #sweden  #artinhome  #arthanging 
More travel drawings
I have been making work while on the road. 
All the following drawings are made using graphite and oil pastel on paper and measure 54.5 x 40 cm.

This set was made in London and Barcelona
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Maybe I can
In the distance
Hear the beloved
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To hear
The call of my beloved
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The siren of my beloved
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In the clouds
I hear my beloved
Or is it the sun
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The beloved’s chant
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Traces of Architecture
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In fact,
Time collapses on itself
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What we don’t want to see
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#art  #contemporaryart #drawing #gesture #douglasdiaz #onpaper  #buddhism  #antiparos #greece #travel #oilpastel  #exploration #traveldrawing
More travel drawings I have been making work while on the road. All the following drawings are made using graphite and oil pastel on paper and measure 54.5 x 40 cm. This set was made in London and Barcelona In order of appearance: - Maybe I can In the distance Hear the beloved - To hear The call of my beloved - The siren of my beloved - In the clouds I hear my beloved Or is it the sun - The beloved’s chant - Traces of Architecture - In fact, Time collapses on itself - What we don’t want to see - #art   #contemporaryart  #drawing  #gesture  #douglasdiaz  #onpaper   #buddhism   #antiparos  #greece  #travel  #oilpastel  #exploration  #traveldrawing 
UMI SAYS.16, 2018
210 x 250 cm (82.6 x 98.4 inches)
Graphite, charcoal,and medium on canvas
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“...to be free, to be free...”
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What does it mean to be free? The mere question makes my stomach warm. Caught between the fear of knowing I am not free and the excitement for the possibility that it will happen. 
Is this the ultimate goal? Meaning, is this what embracing your full self looks like: freedom?
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UMI SAYS is a series of exploration into what it means to be a man. Specifically, a black man in the cultural context that binds race, gender, identity and individuality into a tightly bound package that oppresses self-expression. ‪Mos Def (@yasiinbey)deeply intimate song UMI SAYS provides the substrate that underscores a personal struggle to find my own identity. His lyrics are an invitation to dig into the challenges of being a man, being creative, the suffocating possibility that “tomorrow is not promised for (people like) you and me.”‬
Everything I know of the world and what I create for myself seems at odds with the constricting external reality of today’s world. A reality not of my making nor choosing. To understand this, I reach towards zen to guide me into stillness, acceptance and emptiness. An emptiness where all the possibilities exist and the true self is able to shine.
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This series sits in a larger thematic exploration of Intimacy. Albeit this portion is about the hidden and secretive fears, internal doubts, frustration and self-imposed limiting beliefs that at times undermine my day to day.
The series itself is ongoing. I do not have a specific plan other than to follow the entanglement that undercuts my true voice.
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#art  #contemporaryart #drawing #gesture #douglasdiaz #oncanvas  #buddhism  #bangkok #thailand #intimacy #graphiteoncanvas #painting #canvas #exploration #intimacy #mosdef #umisays #yasiinbey
UMI SAYS.16, 2018 210 x 250 cm (82.6 x 98.4 inches) Graphite, charcoal,and medium on canvas - “...to be free, to be free...” - What does it mean to be free? The mere question makes my stomach warm. Caught between the fear of knowing I am not free and the excitement for the possibility that it will happen. Is this the ultimate goal? Meaning, is this what embracing your full self looks like: freedom? - UMI SAYS is a series of exploration into what it means to be a man. Specifically, a black man in the cultural context that binds race, gender, identity and individuality into a tightly bound package that oppresses self-expression. ‪Mos Def (@yasiinbey)deeply intimate song UMI SAYS provides the substrate that underscores a personal struggle to find my own identity. His lyrics are an invitation to dig into the challenges of being a man, being creative, the suffocating possibility that “tomorrow is not promised for (people like) you and me.”‬ Everything I know of the world and what I create for myself seems at odds with the constricting external reality of today’s world. A reality not of my making nor choosing. To understand this, I reach towards zen to guide me into stillness, acceptance and emptiness. An emptiness where all the possibilities exist and the true self is able to shine. - This series sits in a larger thematic exploration of Intimacy. Albeit this portion is about the hidden and secretive fears, internal doubts, frustration and self-imposed limiting beliefs that at times undermine my day to day. The series itself is ongoing. I do not have a specific plan other than to follow the entanglement that undercuts my true voice. - - #art   #contemporaryart  #drawing  #gesture  #douglasdiaz  #oncanvas   #buddhism   #bangkok  #thailand  #intimacy  #graphiteoncanvas  #painting  #canvas  #exploration  #intimacy  #mosdef  #umisays  #yasiinbey