b.1967, Mountain View, CA, USA
1992 MSc Stanford University, CA
1989 BSc Stanford University, CA
With an academic background in engineering and design, Andy Diaz Hope was previously an industrial designer with numerous design awards. In 2003, Diaz Hope made a series of hand knit balaclavas titled Everybody Is Somebody´s Terrorist, exploring our perceptions and prejudices of certain social groups and ideologies. From 2005, the artist began making works consisting of gelatin pill capsules, as in Morning After Portraits, 2005-6. A photograph is taken by the artist and deconstructed, then, a small piece of the original photograph is inserted into each capsule, reconstructing the original image.
For his first solo show, Better Living, 2007, Hope made a series of mosaic pill works depicting the urban landscape associated with drug culture. For example, Cerberus, 2007 shows a man walking with two dogs on a pedestrian bridge over a San Francisco freeway. The bridge links the mental wing of San Francisco General Hospital to the passageway for the homeless encampments along the freeway where many ex-patients of the state medical hospitals live. Most of these people were released during the Reagan era when he cut funding for mental health programs.
Diaz Hope has exhibited throughout the USA and internationally, including the Denver Contemporary Museum of Art, Denver, CO, ISLIP Museum, New York, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia and London Crafts Council, UK. In 2008-2009 he will have work in the inaugural exhibit of the Museum of Art and Design, NY, NY, the Nevada Museum of Contemporary Art and the Cameron Art Museum in North Carolina. His works are in the public collections of Museum of Modern Art, New York and 21C Museum, Louisville, USA.