Tony Diaz was born in January 1980 in San Antonio, Texas. He grew up in love with music and fed his obsession with lessons, playing in bands, and listening to records. As he grew older he started to participate in the punk rock scene, enjoying the D.I.Y. aesthetic and the attitude. This new perspective fueled his creative drive leading to his move to Austin, Tx, and forming a record label that he would ultimately use to begin his visual art career. The label required design work, and Tony drew on his past making cut and photocopied punk-rock flyers to create a new and interesting persona known as "ANTI". Further development led to making wheat-pasted social commentary on the streets of Austin, as well as a burgeoning clothing line.
As the clothing line began, Tony used his passion to teach himself to screen print. This bore his newest creative obsession: the silkscreen print. And with that, Industry Print Shop was born, providing a sustainable way to continue to be creative, and a myriad of new ways for "ANTI" to make new work. This printed and deconstructive process was in harmony with his previous attitude and aesthetic, and so the evolution of his current body of work began.
These works are derivative of the punk-rock ethos. The imperfect results show the processes and reflect the gritty reality of daily life. Influenced by Warhol, Lichtenstein, Winston Smith and comic-book illustration, Tony deconstructs and re-appropriates new compositions and narratives. His thought processes and techniques become the narrative in an intuition based action and reaction. Deconstruction is the means through which the artist understands himself and others, and this literal deconstructive process yields visual result.
Tony draws from a vocabulary of illustration and typography. These elements are edited and recomposed to represent various experiences and situations seen in our every day social construct. These works are an expression of the new perspective gained through having a family- pondering the reality of the world his two children will grow up in and the inevitable experiences they will encounter. The uncontrollable future variables allow for him to see everything in a different and more informed way. This vision drives the process and is documented through drawings, prints and assemblages.