Biografía Álvaro Díaz-Palacios
Álvaro T. Diaz-Palacios is a Filmmaker, painter, researcher and educator based in Los Angeles, California.
At the young age of 25, he lead a crew of over 150 talented sta and debuted his short lm Mythosis with funding from the governments of Spain and Portugal to rave reviews. Mythosis – in its third month of distribution its already going to be premiered in Film festivals around the world. the first honors include the ARFF Paris – (o cial section), VIFF Vienna Independent Film Festival (official selection), and Kleinkaap in South Africa. (offcial section). www.mythosis-shortfilm.com
Alvaro holds an MA in Critical Studies at the HFBK, (Hamburg) and the UCM (Madrid) and an MFA in the University of Complutense of Madrid within the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). He has been mentored by filmmakers such as legendary filmmaker Wim Wenders, Hakim Belabes or Carlos Saura. He is working on Ph.D. in Sensuous Images at the University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona. He was a Fulbright scholar at UCLA, the University of California Los Angeles. In 2012 he also worked as a full time associate professor at the University of Technology and Digital Art (U-tad) – partner with Illion Studios Animation, and educator at the University Complutense, Madrid for the last years.
Renowned by colleagues in his field; Alvaro ́s early work as a painter was the recipient of several international awards and honors. www.diaz-palacios.com Nominated “Best Emerging Artist” at the Paris Contemporary Art Fair, FIAC OFF, – CUTLOG in 2011. His work has been displayed in places such as the Museum of Montparnasse in Paris, e Sullivan Center in Chicago, EOS space, Paris and Cutlog New York among others, and he has taken part in various Art fairs in Europe, South America and the United States.
Currently is chief chair of the Think Tank Startup DS-LA. www.dslosangeles.com where he works researching creative technologies seeking for new potential images in entertainment and visual digital culture. With the cooperation of other creative workers and engineers, he focuses in the area of entertainment (Film, TV, Immersive) from a Fine arts Historical approach, with technological companies such as; the San Leandro based company, PhaseSpace working VR, AR, MOCAP or VFX ideas for Mixed Reality.
Is an adventure enthusiast in life as in art and a constant seeker of truth and beauty, Alvaro enjoys educating, playing music with friends, hiking, taking road trips, traveling around the world with his beloved ones, He has restless passion about his work, and his uncanny eye for expression through Art – both as science and storytelling.
Alvaro has been a member of the French Academy of Arts and Sciences in Spain (Casa Velazquez) since 2012 and a speaker guest in TEDtalk at the Capitol of United States of America in 2017.
Álvaro Díaz-Palacios works in situations where fear and myth, fantasy and the savage all collide, and in scenarios where design, architecture and landscape appear loaded with symbolism. Based in these elements, he explores those phenomena, which articulate the structures that allow us to confront ourselves with our suppressed impressionism, and at the same time he administrates the viewer´s feelings through the use of state-of-the-art visual entertainment techniques applied to the spectacular image.
His themes move between the instability and anxiety of the citizen of today (as seen within his geographical surroundings), migrational impulses, distractions and multipresent existence of the human being and a World of post-humanity, all intertwined within a digital hypertext.
The work of Díaz-Palacios is a cry of risk; taking advantage of the cinematographic mechanisms and pictorial or digital sensationalism of the entertainment industry such as VFX and the “Computer Generated Imagery” (CGI), he sets these, given his interest for the “high tech of the affections”, in contrast to the traditional painting as a tool of resistence and a possible tool of change.
His work is a protest to the physical affections, primal and basic, as the only way through which we can reach a sensible, collective experience. Through his work, he seeks to respond, often in violent and aggressive expressions, to the paradigm of the violent, the savage the doesn´t directly affect us but, however, is efficient in determining the enemy outside the fiction and the spectacle, confronted by the threat of insecurity and ecstasy.