Viana do Bolo, Ourense, 2008. All Images courtesy of the artist.
Luis Díaz Díaz (A Coruña, 1978) is a photographer based in the Rías Baixas region of Galicia. Luis studied photography in Madrid and founded the Spanish international photography blog 30y3. Living in Madrid helped Luis see his homeland with different eyes: “I looked at the territory in a way I hadn't before and became fascinated by different aspects of it,” he says. Since returning to Galicia a few years ago, Luis’ projects explore the land and its history through his own personal lens.
La fertilidad de Tarsila (Tarsila's Fertility), 2015. All images courtesy of the artist.
When I first saw Luis Vassallo’s (Madrid, 1981) work, it took me back to the Menil Collection in Houston. His recent paintings feel like a mix between the museum’s Magrittes and Picassos and its ancient Roman, and Greek artifacts. Luis’s paintings lay out his artistic influences and pay homage to iconic pieces and players from Western art history. But they also do something else. The effect of this melding of art history with design produces work that is familiar, foreign, and fresh all at the same time.