David Dijard is a wood sculptor from Mexico City.
David Dijard was born in Mexico City on June 25, 1983. As a child, he migrated to the north of Mexico, to the city of Torreón Coahuila, the city where his creative process began. Admired and fascinated by the sculptures of past cultures such as the Mayas, Mexicas, Olmecs and Incas, he was born with the concern of making clay figurines in the garden of his house.
In 2004 he met the works of Gaudí and Dalí in Barcelona, Spain. The encounter with the work of these two artists marked him, leaving in him a great interest and fascination for surrealist art. David studied graphic design, which involved him in a significant creative process for the development of his works. His first plastic works were palm leaf masks of vegetal fiber with tribal aspect, inspired by diverse cultures. He started the wood carving with a chainsaw in a self-taught way, to eventually perfect his technique.
In 2010, he represented the state of Coahuila at the annual crafts and art fair in Mexico City. In 2012 he had a significant exhibition of his masks and sculptures in wood called “Guardianes de la Naturaleza” in the Regional Museum of La Laguna, in Torreón Coahuila. After living a significant time of his life in the Mexican desert, David migrated again and in 2013 David came to Chiapas, a place full of vegetation and cultures that soon interested him in the idiosyncratic inquiry of the native peoples of the region.
David Dijard relates from his particular form of expression, how are the characters of Chiapas made sculpture. He also tells us about the beauty that comes from the colors of Chiapas textiles. He gave workshops to make wooden toys at the House of Culture of San Cristóbal de Las Casas during the years 2014 and 2015. In 2016, he exhibited sculptures and wooden carved masks at the Kikimudo Gallery, an exhibition titled: “Detrás de la Máscara” , In San Cristóbal de Las Casas.
Currently, David is carrying out a project in the rural area Rancho El Paraíso, in the Teopisca mountains near the communities of Chijilte and San Francisco. The purpose of this project is to awaken interest in art and, in particular, in wood carving, in the young people of the community.
Making art with my hands is something exciting, it’s like giving life to my ideas, my hunches. The works I do try to make the viewer dream, get involved until questioning the character. I find it fascinating to be able to feel like a child when creating my works, which are the occurrence of an imaginary world and the veneration of life in native peoples. I try to mix animals and fantastic beings with the human, I create fantastic and surreal characters. Politics and culture are also themes that go through my pieces to create caricatured or grotesque characters.