A L E J A N D R O   D I A Z

Born: San Antonio, TX 1963
Lives and works in Queens, NY



MA Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 1999
BFA University of Texas at Austin 1987


Solo Exhibitions

2014   It Takes a Village, Linda Pace Foundation, San Antonio, TX
          Archeologie, Royale Projects, Palm Desert, CA

2012   RISD Business: Sassy Signs and Sculptures by Alejandro Diaz, RISD Museum,
          Providence, RI
2011   The Townhouse of New York, Royale Projects, Indian Wells, CA
2010   Just in Queso.. David Shelton Gallery, San Antonio, TX
2010   World’s Largest Cardboard Sign, the Happy Lion Gallery, Los Angeles
2009   Blame it on Mexico, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT
2006   A Can for All Seasons, ArtPace, San Antonio, TX
2005   A Can for All Seasons, Public Art Fund, New York, NY
2003   Back in 5 minutes, Sala Diaz, San Antonio, TX
2001   Souvenirs, Jessica Murray Projects, Brooklyn, NY
2000   Solo Project, the Fuller Art Museum, Brockton, MA
1996   Alejandro Diaz, ArtPace, San Antonio, TX
1995   Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos
          Introductions '95, Barbara Davis Gallery, Houston, TX
1994   Karen Rhymer Gallery, San Antonio, TX
          Alejandro Diaz, Bemis Center for the Arts, Omaha, NE
1988   Southwest Craft Center, San Antonio, TX


Selected Group Shows

2016   Hello My Name is …Los Angeles, Royale Projects, Los Angeles, CA
2015   More Than Words: Text Based Artworks, Ruiz-Healy Art, San Antonio, TX
2014   Playing with Fire: Political Interventions, Dissident Acts, and Mischievous Actions,
          El Museo del Barrio, NY, NY
2013   Looking Back at Tomorrow: The First 5 years of Royale Projects, Palm Desert, CA
2012   Read Into It, Dorfman Projects, New York, NY
2011   St. Moritz Art Masters, Switzerland
2009   Seriously Funny, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, AZ
2008   Phantom Sightings: Art After the Chicano Movement, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA
          What Do You Care? Mary Goldman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
          A Declaration of Immigration, National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL
          A New Cosmopolitanism: Preeminence of Place in Contemporary Art, California State Univ. Fullerton
2007   Ceci n’est pas…, Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York, NY
          Surge – 798 Dashanzi Art Festival, Beijing, China
2006   Body Double Forum + Elzbieta Koscielak Gallery Cultural Center Zamek,
          Lesnica Castle, Wroclaw, Poland
          Light /Art: Mystic, Crystal, Revelation, Santa Barbara Contemporary
          Arts Forum, CA
          Works on Paper Biennial, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC
          Tres Años, Tres Amigos, Trés Chic, New World Museum, Houston, TX
          Four Freedoms, Marin Art Gallery, Muhlenburg College, Allenstown, PA
          Apropiaciones, KBK Galleria Contemporanea, Mexico City, DF
          Never Leaving Atzlan, Museo de Las Americas, Denver, CO
2005   Gift: Wrap and Set Boutique, Julia Friedman Gallery, NY
          Cheap and Chic, Galeria O-Itatti, Mexico City, Mexico
          The Superfly Effect, Jersey City Museum, NJ
2004   Talespinning: Selections Fall ‘04, The Drawing Center, NY
          Open House: Working in Brooklyn, Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY
          Pequeñas Escenas, Galeria Animal, Santiago, Chile
          Neo-Queer, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA
          Postcards from Cuba: Selections from the 8th Havana Biennial,
          Heine Onstad Kuntsenter, Oslo, Norway
2003   I (Heart) CUBA, Eighth Havana Biennial, Cuba
2002   Grotto, Jessica Murray Projects, Brooklyn, NY
          Queer Visualities, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY
2001   Cartoon-like, Rudolph Projects, Houston, TX
2000   S-Files, El Museo del Barrio, NY
          Latino Redux, University of North Texas State, Denton
1997   Simply Beautiful, Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, TX
1996   Synthesis and Subversion: A Latino Direction in San Antonio Art, 
          Art Gallery, University of Texas at San Antonio and UTSA Satellite Space
1991   Material as Message, Glassel School of Art, Houston Museum of Fine Art, TX
          Las Manos del Artista, Casona - Centro Cultural de la Secretaria, Mexico City,
          Marcas Registrada, Galleria Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City
          Extranjeros en Mexico: Francis Alys, Alex Vaness, Alejandro Diaz, Eugenia Vargas, Silvia Grunner, Taller Diaz, Mexico City
1989   Blue Star IV, Curated by Lucy Lippard, Blue Star ArtSpace, San Antonio, TX



Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington, DC
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA
University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
Fundación Colleción Jumex, Mexico City, Mexico
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, AZ
El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY
RISD Musem of Art, Providence, RI
National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL
Collection of artist Cindy Sherman and various private collections in the US, Mexico, and abroad



1996   ArtPace International Artist-in Residence Program, San Antonio, TX
1994   Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE


Other Activities

  • Lecturer, I.P.O. Artist - Curator dialogues, Whitney Museum of American Art. Nov. 11, 2003
  • Panelist, Latino Redux: A Collections of Stories, Lies, and Embellishments, Southwest Texas State University, Denton, TX. February 2000
  • Panelist, American Canvas: A Roundtable on the 1997 NEA Report, Art Journal Vol. 57 No. 3 (Fall 1998), p. 69-76
  • Founder, Sala Diaz, San Antonio, TX. December 1996

Grants, Fellowships, Commissions

2009   Art Matters Foundation Travel Grant
2007   Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award
2004   Public Art Fund, In the Public Realm, New York, NY
2003   Linda Pace and ArtPace – supplemental grant for the Havana Biennial
          Frances T. and Stephen P. Magee – supplemental grant for the Havana Biennial
1998-1999 Bard College, Curatorial Studies Fellowship, NY
1994   Margaret Pace - Robert Wilson Foundation Grant
1993   River Pierce Foundation Grant
1992   Umlauf Award in Sculpture, University of Texas at Austin


Downtown Arts Projects, New York, NY (summer 1999)
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (summer 1998)



Moody-Castro, Leslie, Artforum Critics’ Picks, Alejandro Diaz at the Linda Pace Foundation, July 2015
Orion Schwaiger, Seth, Alejandro Diaz and the Currency of Clout, Arts + Culture Magazine, June 7, 2015
Warren, Chris, An Artistic Homecoming, San Antonio Magazine, April 2015
Bennett, Steve, It Takes a Village Showcases Alejandro Diaz’s Political Art, San Antonio Express News, April 21, 2015
Munsell, Liz, Artforum Critics’ Picks, Alejandro Diaz at RISD, March 2013
Ventura, Anya, Sassy Signs and Sculptures by Alejandro Diaz, Art New England, Jan.-Feb. 2013
McQuaid, Cate, RISD Business: Sassy Signs and Sculptures by Alejandro Diaz, Boston Globe, Nov. 22, 2012
Tannenbaum J., Pickworth A. 2012, RISD Business: Sassy Signs and Sculptures by Alejandro Diaz, RISD Museum of Art, exhibition brochure, Nov. 16 – June 9, Meridian Printing, East Greenwich, RI
The Nate Berkus Show – House Proud: Texas Dance Hall, aired Apr. 2011
Monie, Karin, Laboratorio de Arte Contemporaneo, Architectural Digest Mexico, Sept. 2010
Bennett, Steve, Social, Political Issues Drive Artist’s Humor, San Antonio Express News, July. 2010
Cotter, Holland, Art Review, Phantom Sightings: Art After the Chicano Movement, New York Times, May 7, 2010
Johnson, Ken, They’re Chicanos and Artists. But is their Art Chicano?, New York Times, April 9, 2010  
Fuller, Daniel, Alejandro Diaz, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Art Lies, Issue #63, Fall 2009
Ollman, Leah, Art Review: Alejandro Diaz at Happy Lion, Los Angeles Times, Nov. 13, 2009
Drysdale, Rebekah, Alejandro Diaz, Daily Serving, Oct. 30, 2009
Muchnic, Suzanne, New Arrivals from L.A. Galleries, Los Angeles Times, May 29, 2009
Menconi, Lilia, SMoCA’s Seriously Funny Exhibit Will leave You Either in Stitches …  Phoenix New Times, May 21, 2009
Neel, Tucker, Phantom Sightings: Art After the Chicano Movement, Art Lies, Issue # 59, Fall 2008
Knight, Christopher, Phantom Sightings at LACMA, Los Angeles Times, April 15, 2008
Gonzalez R., Fox H., Noriega C. 2008, Phantom Sightings: Art After the Chicano Movement, exhibition catalog, LACMA, April 1 – Sept. 2008, University of California Press, Berkley and Los Angeles, CA
Ryan, Jeffrey, What Do You Care?, Frieze Magazine, Dec. 12, 2007
Robinson, Walter, Fair Weather? Artnet, Oct. 2007
Rosenberg, Karen, An Afternoon in Chelsea, New York Magazine, Summer 2007
Medina, C., Mantecon, A., Debroise, O., The Age of Discrepancies: Art and Visual Culture in Mexico 1968-1997, Turner and UNAM, 2007
Ewing, John, Alejandro Diaz: A Can for All Seasons, Art Lies, Issue # 48, Fall 2005
Diaz, Alejandro, On Art, Mexico, Food, and Friends, Public Art Fund & Francis Alys, Edited by Anne Wehr, Grenfill Press, distributed by D.A.P., printed by
Trifolio, Verona Italy, 2004
Zamudio-Taylor, V. 2004 Pover Lite:The Text Drawings of Alejandro Diaz, Drawing Papers 47, exhibition catalogue, Drawing Center Publications
Talespinning, The New Yorker, Oct 18, 2004
Glueck, Grace, Working Words into Images, New York Times, Sept. 24, 2004
Herzberg, Julia, 8th Havana Biennial, ArtNexus, Issue #52, Apr. 2004
Gopnik, Blake, In Havana, An Air of Possibilities, Washington Post, Nov 16, 2003
Garcia, Miki, Interview with Alejandro Diaz, April 2003
Sloley, Emma, Personal Space, Harper’s Bazaar – Australia, Jan. 2003
Hamburgher, Susan, Artburgher: Alejandro Diaz - Souvenirs, WaterFront Weekly, Oct. 2001
Cotter, Holland, Picking Out Distinctive Voices…, The New York Times, Aug. 18, 2000
Sirmans, Franklin, The S-Files, Time Out New York, Aug. 2000
Goddard, Dan, Denton Show … Texas Hispanics, San Antonio Express & News, March 2000
Sirmans, Franklin, Cityscape San Antonio, FlashArt, Summer 1998
Finding the Authentic…, Financial Times, June 1995
Weiss, Ann, On View, New Art Examiner, March 1995
Cantu, Enrique, Jovenes Curadores, Poliester, Sept. 1993
Guerra, Maria, Arte Tex-Mex, Poliester, Sept. 1992
Kartofel, Graciela, Arte en Capsulas, Vogue-Mexico, May 1991
Scott-Fox, Lorna, Arte en su Lugar, La Jornada Semanal, Dec. 1990
Gambrell, Jamie, Texas State of the Art, Art in America, March 1987