Catarina Diaz is a London-based manual collage and mixed media artist. Her artworks infused with Portuguese soul transcend mediums.
Diaz combines realism with surrealism and spirituality. Her style is characterized by a vibrant colour palette that captures London’s cosmopolitan life juxtaposed with nature motifs. The contrast alludes to the possibility of nature restoring tranquility to the chaos of the world. Furthermore, through her work, Diaz creates a return to blissful memories. Creating art is a therapeutic process for Diaz, one where she hopes to convey a message of beauty, hope, life, and rebirth.
Notably, Diaz has been part of collective exhibitions and fairs throughout Europe. Furthermore, her artworks have appeared in British publications such as House & Garden, The World of Interiors and Vogue.
London-based manual collage and mixed media artist with a Portuguese soul.
I drew and painted since ever, inspired by my very artistic family. I spent my early infancy in Africa, and when I moved to Portugal, at the age of five, my mother, my very first art mentor, coloured my early memories with a vibrant pallete. The deep orange African sunsets, the vibrant pink flamingos and the magenta of the bougainvillaea were burnt into my imagination.
Later in life, I embraced London’s cosmopolitan life, which became another daily inspiration for my art.
As an artist, I relish exploring various mediums and methods. I particularly enjoy using oil-sticks and acrylics on paper in an abstract style, combining them with manual collage.
A seminal masterclass with Royal Academician David Mach opened manual collage and mixed media to me in a completely unexpected way, and I have never stopped creating since.
I consider my art an invitation to reconnect to nature and ourselves. In such troubled times, it is comforting to think that every day small miracles still happen naturally. Throughout the world, animals, and plants comfortably reclaim their natural habitats and peacefully interact with the surrounding urban setting.
My pieces evoke contemplation, and ultimately, a return to memories of more serene times, as the start of a journey of self-healing.
The enigmatic feminine figures akin to the relaxed presence of the wild suggest that nature can offer us the ability to restore tranquillity in a chaotic world. This is my inspiration: a message of hope and beauty, life and rebirth.
BBC art correspondent and curator Maeve Doyle described my work as “very, very transcendent pieces that mix realism with spirituality and surrealism”. YouTuber Nadine Baggott has also talked about my work and BBC broadcaster, and Vlogger Jo Good featured it on her Middleagedminx channel.
I have exhibited in collective exhibitions and fairs in the UK and throughout Europe. Notably, my artworks have appeared in British publications such as House & Garden, The World of Interiors, Vanity Fair, Tatler and Vogue.