Alexis Diaz is a Puerto Rican painter and urban muralist known for his thorough technique of engraving and huge murals, very detailed and made line by line with precision, populated by phantasmagorical animals.
Hailing from Porto Rico, he has been drawing from a very young age but street art always caught his attention above traditional methods because, as he says: I felt that traditional, paint-on-canvas style had its limitations – I had always dreamed of creating art for all people to enjoy. Seeking another way to express himself, Alexis turned to mural art and began creating his works in public spaces, to reach out to a broad audience regardless of social status. Using a small brush and a lot of patience, Alexis creates most of his meticulous compositions freehand, line-by-line as he goes along. “I feel like having an intimate conversation between the wall, the surrounding space and me,” says Alexis. “I put elements together like in a puzzle until the moment of mutual understanding.”
Alexis first began to work murals in 2010, alongside his friend Juan Fernandez. Both artists are known for intricate line detail, splashes of vibrant color and the melding of fantastical animal imagery. At the time in Puerto Rico the street art scene was very limited, only using typical spray cans, any other mediums were generally either completely missed or even frowned upon so Alexis felt quite limited. This was until he began to experience works by Keith Haring who was a big inspiration and encouragement, which finally led him to step outside aerosol and begin to paint the street using other means. Looking back, Alexis still can’t believe how art changed his life. “I quit my job and everything I was doing at the moment and for a year and a half I painted the streets of Puerto Rico without gaining a penny,” he remembers. Now over 40 of his surreal murals can be found in more than two-dozen cities worldwide. And he keeps adding to the list: “This year I’ll be painting in New York, Budapest, Cozumel, Rome, Berlin, San Diego, Denver, Paris and Sydney,” he says.