Diego Orlando

Diego Orlando

Fine art photographer | Visual artist | Pictorialist

Statement


I'm Diego Orlando and I seek the light in a world of shadows

[…] I do think these images are indeed powerful, pleasing and thought provoking and of excellent quality. Hence, I was more than delighted to place them in the Quay Street Gallery.

Denis Taylor - Curator, artist and writer

Basque by birth and citizen of the world by conviction, I am going through an artistic period of dispersed and disturbing aesthetics. I gave myself to pictorial photography to find the light in a world of shadows.

In my work I look for balance, poetry, magic and beauty in quasi dreamlike characters and situations. A labyrinth full of lights and nuances that emerge from my incessant work, a creative rain that acts as a balm for my troubled spirit.

A war without quarter against the mercantilist interests of the art world, an unequal battle that helps me to maintain the last bastion of creative freedom: that of being able to portray only that which moves my soul.

A personal struggle not to be dragged down by the undertow of the media, fashions and avant-gardes that hypnotise part of the population and most of the critics. A battle to remain loyal to my artistic universe.

The study of the classics, the fascination for baroque perfection, painting and sculpture, the Italian and Spanish schools of the golden century, the chiaroscuro, the exacerbated delicacy of the romantic writers and painters of the 19th century, all influence my photography.

Freedom, religion, diversity, Faith, love are present in my work with images wrapped in allegories or metaphors that the viewer will have to interpret.

The construction of millions of pixels around an instant is not in my objective, because of the previous photographic processes and the post production.

The scenic art, the composition, the current editing techniques, lead me to a constant search for light, in a personal world full of doubts and shadows.

A detailed and meticulous work make up my photographic series, works that have taken me more than two years in the smallest of cases.

The study of each image as artistic and unique pieces, of very limited edition.

Series conceived as a unit, faithful to an idea, a concept and an aesthetic, several of them awarded and that only seek: "to satisfy the restlessness of the author to find a meeting point between the new technologies and the classic world".


Photo awards


2018

International Photography Awards™
Winner in Fine Art & Book - Professional Categories

2020

International Photography Awards™
Honorable Mention in Fine Art - Professional Category

2021

Fine Art Photography Awards
Nominee in Fine Art - Professional Category

2021

International Photography Awards™
Honorable Mention in Fine Art Portrait - Professional Category

2021

VOGUE - PhotoVogue Italia
November, 18 - Best photo of the day - with Mother Earth


Exhibitions


2BIENALBLACK - Brasil - SOON

Jan 13th, 2022

Organised by Black Brazil Art (BBA) and selected by a jury that included a representative of Itaú Cultural (IC), the Brazilian Association of Art Critics (ABCA), the International Association of Women's Museums - IAWM (representing Canada) and the Association of Art Museum Curators of New York - AAMC.

The MANCHESTER 2020 VR Exhibition

Jun 20 - jul 20, 2021

Organised by British Art Exhibitions, painters TUBES magazine and Tubes Artists Gallery (TAG). United Kingdom.

London Art BIENNALE

Jun 30 - jul 4, 2021

Curated by international museum and gallery professionals. The Biennale took place on the King’s Road, Chelsea, known as the true artistic centre of London.

“The second most important curated Art Biennale after Venice”
Lonnie Schlein - Pulitzer Prize winner

LOOSENART - Millepiani

Feb 5 - Mar 4, 2020

Windows into the virtual
Millepiani - Rome - Italy.

Los Angeles Center for Digital Art

Sep 12 - Oct 5, 2019
Dec 13, 2018 - Jan 15, 2019

Los Angeles - CA - EEUU

The Littel Project

November, 2016

Toneelhuis Program. Digital platform Invisible Cities.


Press


DODHO Magazine

November 4, 2021

Dodho magazine publishes the report "My photographic vocation is born from the tireless search for “the light” that is capable of illuminating a personal world full of shadows". Click here to read the entire article (in English).

Diario Vasco - Spain

October 19, 2021

El Diario Vasco (San Sebastián, Spain) publishes the report that Mitxel Ezquiaga made about my work: «Baroque portraits of pandemic». Click here to read the entire article (in Spanish).

Vanitas Creative Culture

October 3, 2021

Vanitas Creative Culture (Madrid, Spain) published the article «El señor de la luz / Lord of the light» written by Carlos Mundy in which he shows a series of photographs that I have taken during this year. Click here to read the entire article (in Spanish).

El Diario Vasco - Spain

November 9, 2020

El Diario Vasco (San Sebastián, Spain) publishes the report that Mitxel Ezquiaga made about my work: «Photography is for me a pictorial art, not a reflection of reality». Click here to read the entire article (in Spanish).

Cultura Inquieta

November 7, 2020

Cultura Inquieta magazine publishes the article «The San Sebastian photographer Diego Orlando finds light in a world of shadows». Read the full article (in Spanish) here.

El Diario Vasco - Spain

September 15, 2019

El Diario Vasco (San Sebastián, Spain) publishes the report that Begoña del Teso made about my work: «I escape from this city, I come back, I hate it-I love it and I leave to long for it». Click here to read the entire article (in Spanish).

El Punt Avui - Spain

November 11, 2018

El Punt Avui newspaper (Girona, Spain) publishes the report by Jordi Camps I Linnell: «Les ombres d’Orlando». Click here to read the full article (in Catalan).

Diari de Girona - Spain

November 6, 2018

Albert Soler publishes in Diari de Girona (Girona, Spain) the interview he did with me: «In Europe it seems that at 50 we are finished». Read the full interview (in Catalan) here.

El Español - Spain

October 9, 2018

The digital newspaper El Español (Madrid, España) published the article: «Diego Orlando, winner of one of the international IPA photography awards». Read the entire article (in Spanish) here.

El Diario Vasco - Spain

October 8, 2018

El Diario Vasco (San Sebastian, Spain) publishes the review: «Diego Orlando, awarded for his series 'La Mirada de Goya'» for the first place that I obtained at the International Photography Awards (IPA) in the Fine Art and Books categories. Read the entire article (in Spanish) here.


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