Urban art

Pastel /   Francisco M Diaz

Argentina 1986

Urban Art, Street Art, Installation


Francisco M Diaz
March 18, 2015
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Francisco Diaz aka Pastel is an Argentinian artist who uses symbolism and nature to explore and communicate seldom told stories about war and socio-political differences that to this day remain relevant in new geographical areas. Working with symbols like arrowheads and flora, the pieces begin a dialogue about nature of man and his surroundings, the existential, real, pure and tragic.

Pastel started painting, tagging and bombing in 2001. He earned his degree from in Architecture from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Working with floral symbolism, Pastel speaks about nature of man and his surroundings

Pastel x Jufe in Miami
Pastel x Jufe in Miami

“I started a reinterpretation of what means paint on the streets. Today far away of conventional architecture, I understand work on the street as an urban acupuncture. Modern cities are full of ‘Non-places’ because of irregular and not inclusive master-planning. So, paintings are a kick-start for those places, working on the local identity and not acting as a tool of social gentrification.”

Pastel - Dancing serpent, 2013
Pastel – Dancing serpent, 2013

He tries to base his work on experiences. First of all, he is trying to understand the conditions that the environment offers and not to impose an already established concept for space. Considering the space where he gets to create his work, it may be a city, a rural space, an open space or a closed space.

Pastel lives and works in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

All images courtesy of the artist

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015LethalGalería Balneario, Queretaro, MexicoSolo
2014Artesano Project Dominican RepublicGroup
2014Scope Art Fair Vice Gallery Miami, USAGroup
2014“Friends and Family” collective show I 305 Gallery Miami, USAGroup
2014Festival Muropolis Mendoza, ArgentinaGroup
2014Festival Asalto Zaragoza, SpainGroup
2014Festival La Escocesa Barcelona, SpainGroup
2014Open Walls Festival Barcelona, SpainGroup
2014Fordistas Residence Miami, USAGroup
2014“Materia Prima” duo show I 305 Gallery Miami, USADuo
2014Bien Urbain Festival Besançon, FranceGroup
2014Traffic Design Festival Gdynia, PolandGroup
2014VIA VAI Project Racale, ItalyGroup
2014Vatelón Residence Villa Soriano, UruguayGroup
2014“Motin”, collective show Dinamica Gallery Buenos Aires, Argentina Group
2013Mirrorless Project Pastel+2501 Wynwood, USAGroup
2013“Friends and Family”, collective show I 305 Gallery Miami, USAGroup
2013Los Muros Hablan Festival New York, USAGroup
2013Living Walls Conference Atlanta, USAGroup
2013“Dasein”, solo show Galería Hollywood in Cambodia Buenos Aires, Argentina Solo
2012Living Walls Space Wynwood MiamiGroup
2012“Existencialismo”, solo show Galería Honeycomb Buenos Aires, ArgentinaSolo
2012Talking Walls MALBA Conferencia , Buenos Aires, ArgentinaGroup
2012THE WALLMANIA Buenos Aires, Argentina Group
2011Salón Marwaii Muestra colectiva Buenos AiresGroup
2011MOS Festival Buenos Aires, ArgentinaGroup
2011GARIBALDI PUM Proyecto de Revitalización Urbano Buenos Aires, ArgentinaGroup
2011TECNOPOLIS Buenos Aires, ArgentinaGroup
2011OPEN STUDIO Fundación Rozenblum Buenos Aires, ArgentinaGroup
2011ARTAQ AWARDS Mención en pintura FranciaGroup
2011Gallerie Confluences Muestra Colectiva Lyons, FranceGroup
2011Espace ART22 Muestra Colectiva Brussels, Belgium Group
2010ARTAQ URBAN ART AWARDS Muestra Colectiva Stättbad Berlin, GermanyGroup
2010Espace Beaurepaire Muestra Colectiva Paris, FranceGroup
2010Galería Proyecto A Buenos Aires, ArgentinaGroup
2010AFUERA Centro Cultural España Córdoba, ArgentinaGroup
2010BIENAL ARTESACRO (UCA) Buenos Aires, ArgentinaGroup
2010SELECCION CONCURSO DE PINTURA (UADE) Buenos Aires, ArgentinaGroup
2010200 Centro Cultural Vicente Lopez Muestra Colectiva, Buenos Aires, ArgentinaGroup
2009GRAFFITIMUNDO EXHIBITION Casa L’Inc Buenos Aires, ArgentinaGroup
2009Galeria Proyecto A Muestra Colectiva Buenos Aires, ArgentinaGroup