Tony Diaz

Artist Statement:
Tony Diaz was born in January 1980 in San Antonio, Texas.  He grew up in love with music and fed his obsession with lessons, playing in bands, and listening to records.  As he grew older, he was starting to participate in the punk rock scene, enjoying the D.I.Y. aesthetic and attitude.  This new perspective fueled his creative drive, leading to his move to Austin, Tx, and forming a record label that he would ultimately use to begin his visual career.  The label required design work, and Tony drew on his past making cut and photocopied punk-rock flyers to create a new and interesting persona known as "ANTI".  Further development led to making wheat-pasted social commentary on the streets of Austin, as well as a burgeoning clothing line. As the clothing line began, Tony used his passion to teach himself to screen print.  This bore his newest creative obsession.  Industry Print Shop was born, and with facilities and techniques now available, there was a sustainable way to continue to be creative, and a myriad of new ways for "ANTI" to make new work.  This printed and deconstructive process was in harmony with his previous attitude and D.I.Y. aesthetic, so the evolution of his current body of work began. The work is derivative of the punk-rock ethos.  The imperfect results show the processes, and reflect gritty reality of daily life.  Influenced by Warhol, Lichtenstein, Winston Smith and comic book illustration, Tony deconstructs and re-appropriates new compositions and narratives.