Iara Celeste Diaz born in Manila and raised in New York, is a self-taught painter. She earned her BA in Economics from Columbia University in 2006 and worked as a financial analyst for Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch.  Iara moved to the UK in 2008 to study Design at The University of Arts London; she also began to teach herself painting during her spare time. In 2011, she moved back to New York to focus on painting.  She moonlighted briefly as a museum guard at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  While at The Met, she worked in the Renaissance section where she was able to  study the old masters, in the process, enriching her knowledge of art history and technique. 

 

Iara’s compositions are inspired by Surrealism, Cubism, Medieval and Renaissance Art and more importantly, Maximalism. In 2014, her paintings Circle Games and Sofia have been invited to auction at Beijing Poly, the world’s third largest auction house. Her painting Pink Moon has been written up as one of Top Six Pick of renowned art critic Matthew Kangas in 2017 Seattle Art Fair.  The painting Pink Moon has recently been acquired by Pinto Museum where she is slated to have her first solo show in The Philippines this October.  Iara lives and paints in New York City. Her works are in private collections in NYC, Manila, Berlin, Italy, London, and Kenya. 

 

 

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VISUAL ART SOURCE

Top Six Picks in Seattle Art Fair by Art Critic Matthew Kangas

http://visualartsource.com/index.php?page=editorial&com=news&pcID=17&aID=4231 

TOWN&COUNTRY

https://www.townandcountry.ph/out-about/arts-culture/artellano-omnibus-pop-up-a1715-20180308

Metro.Style

https://metro.style/culture/events/1748/omnibus-manila-pop-up

 

STEADFAST ARTE

http://www.steadfastarte.com/interview-amy-li/

 

STATION TO STATION

http://station-station.com/newyork/button-amy-lis-alternative-art-space/http://station-station.com/newyork/button-amy-lis-alternative-art-space/

 

THE PARIS REVIEW

http://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2012/03/19/the-regulars/

 

FRANK151

http://www.frank151.com/news/photos-without-consent-group-show-166-mott.html#.Up53s2TwJhs

 

 

ARTLOVERSNEWYORK

http://www.artloversnewyork.com/zine/the-bomb/2013/10/05/amy-li-mott-st/

 

MIAMI ART EXCHANGE

http://miamiartexchange.com/2012/03/the-von-show-even-if-you-never-look-at-art-in-bars/

 

QUIET LUNCH

http://quietlunch.com/japonism-the-nippon-gallery/

 

JAPONISM IN CONTEMPORARY ART

http://japonismcontemporaryart.blogspot.com/?m=1Fixed

 

VON

http://vonshowart.blogspot.com/

 

 

 

 

LINKS

 

FILMS OF LAV DIAZ

http://hcl.harvard.edu/hfa/films/2015marmay/diaz.html

 

AMY LI PROJECTS

http://www.amy-li.com/home.html