Federico Díaz

Federico Diaz

* 1971, Prague

Recently Diaz’ work has shown interest in the so-called ‘mass ornament’, a concept introduced for the first time by German philosopher, member of the Frankfurt School, Siegfried Kracauer. From that perspective, distinctive socio-cultural features of a certain location are materialized in people’s movements, in thus manifested minute nuances of everyday routine acts. Díaz tries to approach these primarily intellectually conceivable marginalia by means of a visual language of his own. This incline of his can be followed since his work Outside Itself made for the Venice Biennial, currently gaining momentum and becoming the decisive binding element of Díaz’ oeuvre, as we can best see in the project You Welded the Ornament of The Times, made for the Cafa Museum in Beijing. Thus a change occurs also in Díaz’ formerly rather techno-optimistic approach. He realizes that parameters of the contemporary technology society require a reflection with a broader spectrum of means. Science and technology alone can no longer give enough of answers one needs. That is why Díaz chooses the path of a much deeper analysis of what is real, based upon his study of materials as building blocks of existence, that connect, along seemingly indirect lines, man with his both natural and artificially formed environment. These tendencies can best be seen in Díaz’ projects Etalon for the Sao Paulo Biennial or his study for the Consistency project for Faena, Buenos Aires.


Visual activism

Sembion (2003-2004)
Geometric Death Frequency-141 (2010)
Outside Itself (2011)
You Welded the Ornament of the Times (2014)
Eccentric Gravity (2015)


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2014 You Welded the Ornament of the Times, CAFA Museum, Beijing, China

2011 Outside Itself, Zdeněk Sklenář Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic

2010 Geometric Death Frequency 141, MASS MoCA/ Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, USA (cat. ISBN 978-88-8158-793-3)

Adhesion - Manual for Survival, Chapter 1.1, Frederieke Taylor Gallery, New York City, USA
Adhesion - Manual for Survival, Chapter 1.1 / Adhese - manual pro přežití, Zdeněk Sklenář Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic

2008 Ultra (futuristic structure), Art Basel Miami Beach: Art Positions (in collaboration with MoMA PS1 and Art Radio WPS1.org), Miami, USA (cat. ISBN 978-88-8158-721-6)

Resonance, Zdeněk Sklenář Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
Introsphere E AREA, Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), London, United Kingdom
Bolbm, Václav Špála Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic

2006 Fluid F1, Zdeněk Sklenář Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic

2005 Sembion, ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts), London, United Kingdom

2002 Mnemeg, Moravian Gallery in Brno / Moravská galerie v Brně, Uměleckoprůmyslové muzeum, Brno, Czech Republic

2000 Federico Díaz: E-mpact, National Gallery, Trade Fair Palace / Národní galerie, Veletržní palác, Prague, Czech Republic

1997 Tacuzcanzcan, GHMP-Prague City Gallery, Old Town Hall / GHMP-Galerie hlavního města Prahy, Staroměstská radnice, Prague, Czech Republic



2007 Premio Internazionale “Lorenzo il Magnifico” award at the Florence Bienalle for the project Sakura
2001 special award from the Nicola Trussardi Foundation for the work Generatrix at Milano Europe Futuro Presente
From 1996 till 2002 a finalist for the Jindrich Chalupecky Award