Born in Mountain View, California, Andy Diaz Hope earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Engineering from Stanford University’s joint program with design—collaborative programs between the engineering and art departments. In his most recent body of work, Centering Devices, Diaz Hope creates mirrored sculptures constructed using traditional stained glass techniques in combination with shapes derived from a mathematical theory that is used in the patterning for Islamic muquarnas, a decorative architectural device present in ancient mosques. Because Islamic theology does not allow for representational imagery of humans, the artist’s Centering Devices do not reflect a complete image of the viewer and thus serve as an exercise in self-contemplation and inward reflection. At Miami Project, a group of Centering Devices and a tapestry created collaboratively with Laurel Roth compliment the installation titled Beautification Machine.
Diaz Hope has exhibited both nationally and internationally in venues such as the Museum of Art and Design in New York, NY; the International Museum of Surgical Science in Chicago, IL; Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, CO; the National Gallery of Victoria in Australia; and the London Crafts Council, London, England. His work is represented in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; the Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY; and 21c in Louisville, Kentucky. The tapestry was conceptualized while Diaz Hope and Roth were in residence at the de Young Museum. Andy Diaz Hope currently resides in San Francisco and has been exhibiting with Catharine Clark Gallery since 2005. He will have a solo exhibition at Catharine Clark Gallery in September 2015.