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Throughout his career DÃaz has addressed what he has termed the conceptualization of Chile as "cultural landscape" and the troubled status of painting in contemporary Chilean art. Born in Santiago, he studied art at the Escuela de Bellas Artes, Universidad de Chile, Santiago, from 1965 to 1969. Like the conceptually minded artists associated with the Avanzada, he was strongly affected by the institution of General Augusto Pinochet's military dictatorship in 1973. However, while most of the Avanzada artists abandoned painting, DÃaz remained captivated by its theory, practice, and history in the era of photography. In the late 1970s he began producing labyrinthine installations that incorporate paintings as well as objects. His painting Historia sentimental de la pintura chilena (1982) exemplifies his central thematic concerns: the troubled status of painting in contemporary Chilean art, which in the late 1970s and early 1980s was largely dominated by conceptual and photographic practices, and the relationship between painting and the construction of national identity.