March 6, 1983 - Dulce Maria was born in this small house in Tumbiscatio de Ruiz, Michoacan, Mexico - Original Fotos 2015
intuitive, self-taught artist, dulce maria diaz, often signs her paintings and drawings using the signage of dulce37 or d37. since a young child she has paid attention to the "hidden meanings" of her surroundings. it did not take long before she noted a repetition of the numbers 3 and 7 - she studied their individual significance and learned of the number's spiritual connection with herself. as a naturally born being of high faith she found that these numeric signs were very personal and significant - 3 and 7 "living through trinity seven days a week" - it felt right; she liked the message and decided to "tattoo" it to her name.
dulce is mostly artistically influenced by her dreams, intuition and faith - the female figure tends to be a prominent study in her artwork.
dulce began drawing, writing, dancing and even acting since as young as she can remember. with no formal art training of any sort passed high school, she practiced her passions for art outside of art school in her every day life. in high school, dulce entered a city contest working with animation, it was her introduction to the possibility of working with film. although she had no means to continue working with animation, she continued to draw, yet her passion for film stood present while working on home music videos with her friends as personal hobbies. always, keeping a journal, she never stopped her rooted passion for literature, both reading and writing.
as a late teenager, dulce began audition for whatever she could - she would get gigs as an extra, modeled for students taking on photography and at times was also behind was behind the camera, assisting with independent films. in approximately 2009, she worked with Big Film Productions, learning the behind the scenes of the making of commercials with Gettys Images. it was another world that she loved and wanted to return to at some point.
in the fall of 2015, dulce was invited to work with El Beisman Films on a production for "Deportable Aliens", an exhibition by Rodrigo Lara Zendejas at the National Museum of Mexican Fine Arts where she produced, filmed and edited. She was also invited to work with them for another video for Mexican artist, Esperanza Gama where she was able to film, produce, edit, and script. she continues to photograph every chance she gets and plans to continue to work with film through her independent non-for-profit gallery, S.H.E. Gallery and CAN T.V.
as young as she can recall, she was always dancing and performing in her room, with her friends, parties and even arranged performances with and without permission at school - it was something she always loved. during her early twenties, while helping her cope with the loss of a dear loved one, in mourn, she began taking her passions for performing arts more serious, it became her best outlet: in 2007 she began participating in performing art shows and contests involving, dance, poetry and hip hop. she later revived her passion for visual arts and began participating in various art group shows in the southside of chicago since 2009. dulce has mainly painted and created illustrations on textured papers, canvas and her favorite, wood.
growing up with graffiti artists, dulce played with the aerosol spray-paint can since the early nineties but had never moved passed supporting it's movement. in 2012 she began to collaborate with graffiti artists on organized murals - working on themed characters. her oldest brother, nick "nags" diaz, has been a strong influence to this art form. although she was not necessary interested in writing her name, she loved the idea of bringing her "canvas" to a much greater scale - city walls and the colors that the organized graffiti murals brought to the city.
following a series of reoccurring dreams, dulce was intuitively led to the The University of Chicago Graham School's partnership with the Hyde Park Art Center. since 2013 - 2015, she has completed professional art courses which led her to find and aid her vision. in the midst of finding herself as a professional artist she wanted to do more with her own pursuit as well as other artists. dulce believes everybody is an artist and life interrupts that unique gift that was intended to bring humanity together. she was inspired to host her own art exhibits around visual history, truth and personal themes: S.H.E. Gallery NFP - www.sharinghisenergygallery.net - these exhibitions are hosted at various locations throughout the City of Chicago, meeting and collaborating with new neighborhoods. she directed her first theater production, a fundraiser for S.H.E. Gallery, Souls Rise at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Pilsen, Chicago, Summer of 2018 and continues to collaborate with other individuals and empowering organizations. Diaz is currently developing her board and member team for S.H.E. Gallery and leading art projects throughout the city.
since spring of 2015, dulce has shifted her art studies to the practice of sculpture at the Hyde Park Art Center. she is currently working on an installation series around her mythological theory of human and universe existence while reviving her rooted passion for literature.
dulce is a producer at CAN T.V., where she hosts her television hotline, The S.H.E. Gallery Show, introducing local resources of inspiration, primarily artists and entrepreneurs. she hosted the first art exhibition at the television statement, introducing "ayotzi vive, la lucha sigue" a no solo art exhibition by mexican and local artist, Alfonso "Piloto" Nieves-Ruiz.
dulce is also a certified paralegal, il notatory public, chicago astronomical society member as well as a mujeres latinas en accion sexual assault medical advocate volunteer. in 2018, she also began working with extreme sports, graffiti and art advocate organization, Chicago Action Sports and the Park District of Chicago's Go Grind and DAAM AM events throughout the city of chicago.
in all of dulce's practices - she carries the message to never doubt the self and to never lose hope.