“Díaz is an utterly credible figure in the evolution of illicit public art, but we wouldn’t be talking about him now if he weren’t doing something that is still noteworthy.”
– CARLO MCCORMICK, longtime art critic forPaper Magazine
Early hip-hop album,Beat Bopwhich also featured Rammellzee and K-Rob. After being “on the scene” during the 80s Avant-garde art boom, for many years Díaz honed his craft as a foreman/lead carpenter in the New York building industry.
Díaz resides in Brooklyn. His work has been shown and privately collected internationally, including inBeyond the Streets(Los Angeles, 2018),Zeitgeist: The Teenage Art Scene of Basquiat(Howl Arts, Inc., New York City, 2018) the World Trade Center (69th Floor Art4WTC, 2017), Urban Arts Fair (Manhattan, 2017) WestchesterArts (From the StreetsWhite Plains, 2017), Art Miami, Scope, The Bishop Gallery (Brooklyn, 2017) and the21st Precinct Street Exhibit(NYC, 2014). Díaz is featured in film productions (Boom For Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat,BBC’s American Masters—Basquiat:Rage to Riches, Jean-Michel Basquiat: The“…(Al’s) signature will be etched in history as oneRadiant Child),and magazine and book of the most handsome tags of all time.” publications, such as Jon Narr and Normal Mailer’sThe Faith of Graffiti, 2Create: Art of Collaborationby Yoav Litvin,Street Messagesby Nicholas Ganz and most recently, Aljazeera America, art.net,GQKorea andVogueUK among many others. Díaz has been a highlighted speaker and artist for a variety of panel discussions, including at the Brooklyn Museum, The New School, Christie’s Education, The Museum of the City of New York, the Museum of Modern Art, the New York Public Library, the London Barbican, Art Basel (Switzerland) and NOLA Arts Festival.