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Gabriel-Bello Lawrence-Diaz


Gabriel-Bello Diaz is a Puerto Rican artist, education activist and community organizer. Diaz has spent his career flexibly navigating through various mediums, projects and initiatives with this same focus on highlighting underrepresented voices through multidisciplinary collaboration. One of his techniques as an artist is combining 3D printing and laser cut technology with leather to create custom leather products for clients including: accessories, jewelry, bags and various garments. He has curated half a dozen fashion shows focused on using fashion as an artform to express a deeper dialogue. Ancestral Future was his proudest fashion vision of highlighting indigenous and ancestral traditions of textiles and symbols through digital fabrication to help hidden stories of our community emerge. Through his exploration of merging art and technology his more recent mural work is utilizing virtual reality and augmented reality to bring another dimension to the experience of murals. He is creating a series of  digital forests throughout America overlapped on to the city to showcase the native plants of what would have been. Part of his process uses 3D scanning of real life environments and reaching out to indigenous communities for research and context. Through his art Diaz also teaches and works within the nonprofit education industry to bring his process to the next generation. 

With his background in architecture and robotic engineering he has developed educational programs and curriculums that encourage students to pursue a variety of STEAM careers. Diaz has been published in several books for his research in robotics and architecture and has grown this part of his career into working with the city and other community partners to expand the resources and classroom philosophy in teaching. Bridging his skills in fashion, writing and community organizing he launched a publication, AntiSocial, late 2019 that highlights artists telling their own stories on navigating Seattle through various art industries. This collection of perspectives are accompanied with photoshoots and the writers / artists as models wearing local brands. From cover to cover this fashion editorial speaks loudly on the diversity Seattle has to offer and the beautiful behind the scenes collaborations with community members.