Victoria Diehl

Artist selected by Barro, David at 2010
More artist content updated at 2016

In a framework of dissolved artistic genres whose limits have been shattered, Victoria Diehl’s work exemplifies an all-embracing hybrid style that takes art history, and its classical legends, and combines it with the present day. In a remarkable collage of visual and conceptual order, the resulting language draws on ideas of representation that directly evoke painting and sculpture at their sublimation point: photography.


1. What made you choose art as a profession?
I always wanted to study Fine Art and once I finished my degree, doing art as a profession was my main goal – as it still is.

2. How would you define your work?
It’s difficult to define yourself, but perhaps I’d say that my work is conceptual and somewhat multidisciplinary.

3. What subjects are you interested in?
The body, representation and gender.

4. What resources – formal or otherwise – do you use in your work?
I try to take a fresh look at the history of the nude in art. I also play with photographic truth and photomontage.

5. What relationship does your work have with reality? What are your raw materials?
I evoke realities with unreal images. I get my raw materials from a photography archive.

6. What, according to you, is the point of art?
The purpose of art is to cultivate the spirit.

7. How do you hope the public will receive your work? What audience are you aiming at?
I don’t think about the public when I’m doing my work, but obviously the greater visual culture and more historical references spectators have, the more impact my work will have on them.

8. What qualifications have you got?
I graduated in Fine Art. What do you value most from your time in education? Everything.

9. How would you define your current professional situation? And in the future?
Stable. I hope to continue working on projects.

10. Many artists say it’s difficult to make a living from their work; how do economic considerations affect you when it comes to work? Do you think this has a bearing on your work?
It has a bearing in that you can't finance certain projects or spend all your time on creation.

11. What do you look for or expect from your relationship with promoters and curators? What advantages and difficulties have you found with these relationships?
I suppose I look for an enriching relationship based on two-way exchange. I’ve only found advantages. The difficulty is reaching these people: what I’ve done is enter contests so promoters and curators can get to know my work.

12. What do you think sets the arts scene in Madrid apart from elsewhere? What would you say are its pluses and minuses?
There’s a lot of culture on offer, but there’s still plenty to do.


Curriculum vitae

Victoria Diehl
La Coruña, 1978.
Vive y trabaja en/Lives and works in: Madrid.

Formación Académica/Education
DEA, Universidad de Vigo, Pontevedra.

Doctorado, Universidad de Vigo, Pontevedra.

Licenciada en Bellas Artes, especialidad Pintura, Universidad de Vigo, Pontevedra.

Exposiciones Individuales/Solo Exhibitions
Frías, frágiles, durmientes, Photogalicia2008, Fundación Caixa Galicia, Vigo.

Leben und Tod der Statuen, Instituto Cervantes, Wien.
Dalla Carne a la Pietra, Instituto Cervantes, Milano; Instituto Cervantes, Roma.
El Cuerpo Vulnerable, Galería Bacelos, Vigo.

Exposiciones Colectivas/Group Exhibitions
Atemporalidad. Colección Pecar, Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes, Santander.

Objeto de Réplica. La Colección VII, Centro-Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo, ARTIUM, Vitoria-Gasteiz.
Roma Ida y Vuelta, Real Academia de España en Roma; Teatro Circo Price, Madrid.
Catarsis. Rituales de Purificación, Centro-Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo, ARTIUM, Vitoria-Gasteiz.
Academia’06, Real Academia de España en Roma.
Urban/Suburban, Fotografia-Festival Internazionale di Roma, Roma.

Mensajes Cruzados, Centro-Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo, ARTIUM, Vitoria-Gasteiz.
Tras da Pel, Galería c5 Colección, Santiago de Compostela.
La Realidad Transformada, Ayuntamiento de Alcorcón, Madrid.

Encontros Internacionales de la Imagen, Braga, Portugal.

Becas y Premios/Awards and Grants
Creación INJUVE 2008. (Accésit)

Beca de la Real Academia de España en Roma, Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores y Cooperación y Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo.

Generación 2005, Premios y Becas de arte Caja Madrid. (Accésit)
Beca Tentaciones, Estampa 2005, Madrid.

I Certamen de Pintura Ayuntamiento de Monforte de Lemos, Lugo. (1er Premio)
IV Certamen Nacional Parlamento de La Rioja. (Medalla de Honor)
VII Certamen de Artes Plásticas Institución Cultural El Brocense, Cáceres. (Accésit)

XX Certamen de Pintura del Ayuntamiento de Cambre, A Coruña. (1er Premio)
Premios Creación InJuve, Fotografía INJUVE’03, Madrid. (Accésit)

I Beca de Creación Fotográfica del Ayuntamiento de Santiago de Compostela.

Obra en Museos y Colecciones/Works in Museum and Collections
Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, CGAC, Santiago de Compostela.
Centro-Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo, ARTIUM, Vitoria-Gasteiz.
Gobierno de Cantabria.
InJuve, Ministerio de Igualdad. Real Academia de España en Roma, Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores y Cooperación.
Colección Obra Social Cajamadrid. Diputación Provincial de Cáceres.
Ayuntamiento de Santiago de Compostela.
Ayuntamiento de Cambre, A Coruña.
Ayuntamiento de Monforte de Lemos, Lugo.

VV.AA, Complicidades, Madrid, CSN - Ave del Paraiso ediciones, 2007. Barro, David, El Cuerpo Vulnerable, Santiago de Compostela, Dardo DS, 2008.
VV.AA, 90:08 Artistas galegos do século XXI, Santiago de Compostela, Dardo DS, 2008., Santiago de Compostela, Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, CGAC, 2008.
Barro, David, Victoria Diehl, Madrid, El Cultural, El Mundo, 17/I/2008.
Estévez, José Luis, De Waltercio Caldas a Fritz Lang, Madrid, Babelia, El País, 25/X/2008.
Bragado, Manuel, Victoria Diehl, Vigo, Faro de Vigo, 28/IX/2008.
Springer, José Manuel, Art Basel 08, el clan se desmiembra, Réplica 21, 11/VII/2008.
Rozas, Mercedes, Visiones heterogéneas de género, Galicia, La Voz de Galicia, 30/X/2008.
Cuíñas Teresa, Una exposición de la artista Victoria Diehl revisa en Vigo el canon de belleza, Galicia, El País, 17/XII/2007.
VV.AA, 100 Fotógrafos españoles, Madrid, EXIT Publicaciones, 2005.
Diehl, Victoria, Vida e Morte Das Estatuas, Vigo, Colección Do Trinque, 2003.