Bio, Carlos Diaz
Carlos Diaz, was born in Pontiac Michigan. He is currently a Professor and former chairman of the Photography Department (1994-2000) at the College for Creative Studies where he has taught for 29 years. He has also taught at Bowling Green State University, and The University of Michigan, School of Art.
Diaz received his BFA from the College for Creative Studies and his MFA from the University of Michigan, School of Art. Before his formal studies in the arts, he was a mechanical designer and draftsman in numerous capacities. He is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Ford Foundation, NEA Arts Midwest, The Polaroid Corporation, the Michigan Council for the Arts and the Kresge Foundation.
Diaz is best known for his Invented Landscape works that are one of a kind hand assembled collage pieces that incorporate vintage steel plate engravings on black and white silver prints. The Invented Landscape work is represented by the Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, IL and resides in numerous collections public and private including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Museum of the City of New York, the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
Diaz is currently working on a project titled, Beyond Borders; Latino Immigrants and Southwest Detroit. These photographs were featured in the Detroit Institute of Arts exhibition, Detroit Revealed; Photographs 2000-2010 and a hard cover catalogue of the show was published. Diaz's work reflects an ongoing interest and concern for the state of the cultural, political and environmental landscape.