(b. Pitalito, Colombia, 1963), lives and works in Cali.
Wilson Díaz practices painting, photography, video, and performance art. His work investigates the connection points in Colombia amongst personalities of the political, athletic, and cultural realms. In questioning Colombian society, Diaz often references the 50 year-old rebel insurgencies and its now infamous place within the world of narco-trafficing. The use of his own body as a site of investigation has increasingly become more important in Díaz' work while re-evaluating the relationships between art and politics.
Some of Díaz' solo exhibitions include: Premio Luis Caballero, Galerie Santa Fé, Bogotá, 2001; Long live the new flesh Galería Valenzuela & Klenner, Bogotá, 2002; Wilson Díaz, mains d'oeuvres, Paris, 2003. Diaz' group shows include: Terror y Escape, Camara de Comercio, Cali; Gozo Poderoso (Aterciopelados), Galerie Santa Fé, Bogotá (2001); Yes, en cualquier lugar puede suceder, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, (2002).
In this interview from 2003, curator María Inés Rodríguez spoke to the artist about his research into the nature of conflict in Colombia and elsewhere as well as his interest in the nature of portraiture.