You may have noticed the beautiful and unique artwork sprinkled around the cabanas and facilities at Maya Tulum. The story behind the paintings is a unique chapter in the history of the property.
Many years ago, the owner and a friend visited a small studio owned by local artist, Enrique Diaz. They fell in love with the pieces and purchased a select few. Enrique was young and just beginning to gain footing. With admiration, the owner asked Enrique if he could create a few pieces specifically for the property and he obliged. The pieces first were placed in the restaurant and reception. As time went on, more pieces were commissioned and paintings were appointed to each cabana.
An art critic from New York stayed at Maya Tulum and was instantly impressed with the paintings. He wanted to locate the artist, so he was pointed to Enrique’s studio. The critic set up a showing in New York City and it was a tremendous success!
Many years have passed since, and Enrique is back in Tulum. We are so lucky to have Enrique as a friend and to include his works as such a big part of our beautiful property.
Enrique Díaz comes from Chiapas, a region of Mexico that is known for its rich culture and identity. He completed his studies in Graphic Design and Painting at the Institute of Fine Arts in Mexico City.
Enrique has been dedicated, for over two decades, to artistic initiation courses in many workshops given to young people and children in the state of Chiapas, Quintana Roo and Yucatan, especially in marginalized communities with indigenous people and handicapped children. In 1993, he created the first independent cultural center in Chiapas called: “El rumbo, arte & cultura” conceived as a free forum for artistic expression for young people and children with whom he has shown a strong social commitment.
Diaz is a multifaceted painter and sculptor, and his works can be appreciated in materials such as wood, stone and canvas. One of the things that he is most passionate about is the great variety of his engravings. As a muralist, his art can be admired in public educational institutions and many government buildings as well as in streets & cafes. From 1994 to 1997 he painted several murals throughout the city of Tuxtla, before the great graffiti movement that now exists. He has had three exhibitions in New York and his work has been sold to different art collectors, being appreciated for contemporary originality with a very Mexican touch.
In the last decade, Diaz’s art has championed several social causes, mainly in Chiapas México. He currently lives in Tulum, where he has his engraving and painting studio.