DAMIAN VALDEZ DILLA
Damian Valdes Dilla was born in Havana, Cuba in 1970.
Damian has been compulsively creating art his entire life. Whether sculpting with found metal or wood or filling every inch of every page of multiple sketchbooks with ball point pen drawings of dense urban cityscapes, there’s an obsessive drive to his work which makes it clear to the viewer that he can’t help but produce these fascinations.
As a child Damian was interested in drawing. He used to draw comics in his school’s notebooks. When he was in his forties and observing wooden pieces, it came to his mind to assemble his first building model. He started making up structures of kind of factories or machines that later on, he intuitively put together to create models of future cities.
Since then, Damian has been devoted exclusively and in an obsessive way to represent the cities that are built inside his mind. In times when wood was scarce, he began to build cities assembling all kinds of wasted objects which he gathered from the streets. In addition, he created all type of vehicles like cars, buses, airplanes, space ships, motorcycles, helicopters, ships, etc.
Later, when the waste objects began to run out he decided to put all his imagination on the paper and he began to produce drawings and notebooks filled with images of his own eclectic cities. He uses perspective in his own and unique way.
Sometimes, the human presence becomes evident in some of his drawings of city scenes while in others are completely absence. In occasions, he shows us an atmosphere of calm and peace; but in other cases violence fills out all the paper with explicit popular riots and armed conflicts.
Damian lives and works in Havana, Cuba.