Name: Michael Thomas Diaz
Most Recent Eexhibition: Broward Palm Beach New Times Artopia
Â· Do you make a career out of or hope to make a career out of art, or is it a sideline for you?
I have made a career out of art as a Graphic Production Artist working for a privately held company in South Florida (www.jmfieldmarketing.com). We have a wide range of projects we do and I enjoy being part of the creative art team.
Â· What is it about your work that makes it speak to people or to the community at large?
Whether it’s painting about my personal experiences or something I’ve observed or imagined, I always try to evoke spiritual energy through my work. I believe that every human being has an immense amount of spiritual energy and I try to communicate with that part of them.
Â· How do you let people know about your work?
The internet has been a great tool for me to help spread my artwork. After I finished designing and launching my art website, I got a major response from everyone about my work.
Â· What do you feel inspires you to make art in the particular medium you have chosen?
I actually enjoy using many mediums. Sometimes I feel a little restricted with just one medium so every now and then I mix it up a bit.
Â· Why Miami?
Miami is an ultra culture saturated city, a true melting pot of people from every part of the world. It’s also one of the most beautiful cities in the world I think with its iconic beaches, sunny skies and palm trees.
Â· Do you have a favorite artist from the past or present?
My favorite artists are the artists that push the boundaries of art and force curators, critics and art lovers to reevaluate the true meaning of great art. My favorites are Jackson Pollock and Van Gogh.
Â· How would you compare the art scene in Miami to other cities you have lived or worked in?
The art scene here better in my opinion then any other city I’ve been too. There are tons of Art Galleries and Museums and we also get to experience Art Basel as well. I use to live in Atlanta and they have a great art scene as well but it definitely doesn’t have the depth I’ve seen here in Miami.
Â· If someone wanted to get into being an artist, what would be your first suggestion to them?
You have to really, really love it and love doing it if you want to get anywhere with art.