• Ball point pen on paper, 100 x 70 cm, 2015
  • Ball point pen, graphite and colored pencil on paper, 50 x 70 cm, 2016
  • Ball point pen, graphite and colored pencil on paper, 100 x 70 cm, 2015
  • Ball point pen, graphite and colored pencil on paper, 50 x 35 cm, 2016
  • Ball point pen, graphite and colored pencil on paper, 50 x 70 cm, 2016
  • Ball point pen on paper, 100 x 70 cm, 2016
  • Ball point pen on paper, 100 x 70 cm, 2016
  • Ball point pen, graphite and colored pencil on paper, 50 x 70 cm, 2016
  • Ball point pen, graphite and colored pencil on paper, 50 x 70 cm, 2016
  • Ball point pen, graphite and colored pencil on paper, 100 x 70 cm, 2016
  • Ball point pen, graphite and colored pencil on canvas, 110 x 80 cm, 2016
  • Ball point pen, graphite and colored pencil on canvas, 110 x 80 cm, 2016
Damian Valdes Dilla
Havana, 1970

Damian debuted with crisis of paranoia and hallucinations during adolescence. Since then, he was diagnosed as paranoid schizophrenic and he began treatments with different psychoactive drugs. He was admitted in two occasions in the Psychiatric Hospital of Havana due to the worsening of his paranoia crises and the developing of violent instincts. After time and the use of different treatments it was possible to significantly improve the aggressive aspects of his behavior, as well as to make him partly conscious of his illness. Since a child Damian was interested in drawing. He used to draw comics in his school’s notebooks. When he was in his forties and observing wooden pieces, it came to his mind to assemble his first building model. He started making up structures of kind of factories or machines that later on, he intuitively put together to create models of future cities. Since then, Damian has been devoted exclusively and in an obsessive way to represent the cities that are built inside his mind. In times when wood was scarce, he began to build cities assembling all kinds of wasted objects which he gathered from the streets. In addition, he created all type of vehicles like cars, buses, airplanes, space ships, motorcycles, helicopters, ships, etc. Later, when the waste objects began to run out he decided to put all his imagination on the paper and he began to produce drawings and notebooks filled with images of his own cities. His drawings show us eclectic cities. He uses the perspective in such a unique and own way. Sometimes, the human presence becomes evident in some of his drawings of city scenes while in others are completely absence. In occasions, he shows us an atmosphere of calm and peace; but in other cases violence fills out all the paper with explicit popular riots and armed conflicts.

Exhibitions
  • 2017. Effect-Correction. La Fábrica de Arte Cubano. Havana, Cuba.
  • 2017. Drawing Now Paris 11. Le Salon du Dessin Contemporain. Le Carreau du Temple. Paris, France.
  • 2017. Homage Herman Bossert - accompanied by some of his favorite fellow artists. Galerie Hamer. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • 2016. First Exhibition of the Art Brut Project Cuba's Collection. RIERA STUDIO.
  • 2016. Permanent collection at the Outsider Art Museum. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • 2016. Outsider Art from China and Recent Acquisitions. Outsider Art Museum. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • 2016. Art Brut: A Story of Individual Mythologies. Nucleo de Arte da Oliva. Sao Joao de Madeira, Portugal.
  • 2016. New Outsider Art from Cuba. Gallery C. Dubuque, USA.
  • 2016. Drawing Now Paris 10. Le Carreau du Temple. Paris, France.
  • 2016. Cities in my mind. Galerie Hamer. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • 2015. Parallel Expressions. 12th Havana Biennial. RIERA STUDIO. Havana, Cuba.
  • 2015. Pictures in My Mind. Commenoz Gallery. Key Biscayne, USA.
  • 2015. 7 Seven. Outsider Cuban Artists. Ideobox Gallery. Miami, USA.
  • 2015. Second Selection from the NAEMI Art Collection. Borders Gallery. Miami, USA.
  • 2015. New Outsider Art from Cuba. Lehigh University Museum. Pennsylvania, USA.
  • 2015. Riera Studio: Art Brut Project Cuba. Christian Berst Art Brut (Klein and Berst). New York, USA.
  • 2014. Echoes from unconsciousness. Spanish Embassy at Cuba. Havana, Cuba.
  • 2014. Outsiders 2. RIERA STUDIO. Havana, Cuba.
  • 2013. New Outsider Art from Cuba. Spanish Cultural Center of Miami. Miami, USA.