Raul Diaz: Poetic Vision
Raul Diaz (b. 1952) has spent many years perfecting a technique for his two-dimensional works in which he carves thick wooden panels and then paints them. His imagery draws on childhood memories of lake fishing with his father and grandfather. The sight of wooden fishing boats, either dotting the water or stacked on the beach, is indelible in Diaz’ memory, and these same vessels frequently appear in the work as a metaphor for life’s journey. His compositions are notable for their contrast of dream-like imagery and contemplative silence with technical invention.