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Born in Caracas, illustrator and artist Carlín Díaz graduated in graphic design from the city’s Instituto de Diseño in 2012, but soon relocated to Paris to further a career as an artist and illustrator. His personal style, with its focus on geometry and line, evolved from watching skate videos in his youth, and falling in love with their graphics: “Skate culture in that moment was super-connected with the art world.”
His time in Paris brought new color to his surreal scenes—some abstract, some figurative. He’s collaborated on skate decks, album covers, and music videos (check out the animated “Lilac” for Norwegian band Kakkmaddafakka, featuring a trippy, touching fling between a dog and duck.) For WeTransfer, he produced another short, “Should I,” meditating on love, happiness, and break-ups, narrated by none other than the Memphis Group’s Peter Shire. Now based in Brussels, and with exhibitions in Los Angeles, Caracas, Berlin, and Paris under his belt, he’s been developing a more painterly style, exploring fluidity in brushwork and line.