Antonio Díaz García shapes metal and in looking for new dimensions, he plays with empty spaces and invites visitors to fill those spaces with their imagination and their emotions. From the antique art of forging iron, in which Antonio Díaz García is a master, the iron bars twist like sinuous snakes, to create objects that seem to be suspended in motion. From a modern Vulcan’s forge, these “plastic contortions of iron and fire” are created. Abstraction and the fluidity of matter evoke power and energy, in a constant balance between tension, torsion and gravity.
The objects in space by Antonio Díaz García represent in part an implementation of lessons learned from 20th century sculptors. Having received a solid preparation in the manufacturing of iron and other metals, Díaz García succeeds in bending the iron into twisting forms that only his phantasmagorical, creative imagination could have created.
In May and June 2011, Antonio Díaz García exhibited a monumental sculpture in the centre of Barcelona, in the avenue Paseo Lluis Companys, during the second edition of the successful collective exhibition, World Art Vision.
The Florentine exhibition is organized by Studio Abba with critical texts by Professor Giampaolo Trotta. Antonio Díaz García will be in Florence in occasion of the exhibition, accompanied by a Spanish television channel crew, the Editor of Lleidart magazine, Luisa Noriega, who has assisted in the organization and promotion of this event together with Trazos Marketing.
As with Constantin Brancusi’s artistic and spiritual path, Antonio Díaz García’s activity is a constant process of simplification of the essential forms, which allows him to unleash the power and energy of matter. His work stands on its own in an authoritative manner, for its originality and rigour of style and for such simplicity of form. An essentiality that is always governed by its uniqueness that, unlike Brancusi (one thinks of his Endless Column), does not test one with its repeated modularity, but leads to an exasperated and lonely search for both the shape’s unrepeatability, in its similarity yet not identical nature to the next shape, as well as for the organic nature of the matter itself. (Giampaolo Trotta)
15 September – 15 October, 2011 – Salone di Donatello, under-church of the Basilica of San Lorenzo, Piazza San Lorenzo, Florence.
Opening times: Monday-Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday afternoon from 2pm to 5pm (entrance from the front left side door).