The horse is a revered animal in both Eastern and Western cultures. To the Chinese, with its rich history of horses, it symbolizes heroism and strength. The Chinese goddess Kuan Yin has a white celestial cloud horse that flies through the heavens, bringing peace and blessings.
The symbol of the horse, running wild and free, in body and spirit, is often a theme that comes alive in much of painting and literature. English folktales tell us of Lady Godiva, who rode naked on a horse to save her town from debt. Greek legend tells of the winged steed, Pegasus, born of Medusa, who carried heroes on his back.
Ramon Diaz has always had a passion for Oriental culture which shows up in three recurring leitmotifs: the sumo, koi, and the horse. In the year of the Wood Horse, Ramon Diaz presents a selection of horse paintings that show his fascination with the equine form and movement. The artist has done long research on the mighty Tang horse famous in the Tang dynasty, the golden age of Chinese culture. Diaz portrays this horse: the graceful slope of its neck, its broad body, and sturdy legs as a creature of force and power, grace and movement. The Tang horse, whose mighty power in battles (as recounted in myths and legends) has been acclaimed by poets and painters throughout the ages is again brought into relevance by Ramon Diaz. Depictions of this horse are said to bring good luck to its owner.
Alice Guillermo wrote that Diaz has an unerring eye to detail and elegance. Educated in the Philippines, Germany, Belgium, England, and the Netherlands, his many travels have influenced and shaped the landscape of his paintings. An accomplished artist, he has been exhibited in Novotel, Paris, Lumen Gallery, NY; Anagama Gallerie, Versailles, France; Steuben Glass Museum, USA among others. His murals are displayed in PLDT main, Hyatt Manila, Filinvest—the Palms and Country Club, and El Nido Resorts.
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