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Ignacio Diaz Biography
1961 Born : Havana CUBA
1968 - 1974 Lived in : New York City
1974 Lived in Miami, Florida
1978 - 1980 Coral Gables Senior High School
1982 - 1984 Worked for the company AZV-2 in Hialeah, Florida and was
Introduced to the Screen printing industry. At this time, my talent and
excellent drawing ability gave me full run of a small
art department. I was able to use the dark room, as well as large
cameras to create color separations that would turn heads even by
today’s standards. (All without computers ) I am what you’d call an old
school illustrator/ designer/ color separations expert.
I wanted to learn more of the art of screen printing work, so
I also took advantage of the work in the print shop. I worked hard in
pushing the envelope to learn the art of burning screen, and mastered
It. In other words, this was the school of Art and of hard knocks for me.
Those days are still memorable. It became my technical foundation. I
can create a full color art work, and do the full separation without a
Computer. I knew back then the minute I saw a squeegee pull ink
Through a screen, and print the art that emerged on the t-shirt, the bug
had bitten me. Throughout the three years, the company credited me
For their success and friendship.
1984 - 1986 Worked for Associated Grocers of Florida in Miami Florida, in the art
department and I worked my way to the assistance Art directors
position. This is where I laid out the newspaper advertising program for
Sedano’s Supermarkets, and many others on a weekly dead line.
1986 - 1988 Worked for Textile Print Mill company in Miami Florida that created
artwork and screen printing as well, but on a much larger scale and in
large quantities, I created new designs and color separations. My
art would be printed on t-shirts and garments to wear, mostly the
contracts were with theme parks.
1988 - 1989 Worked for Sherry Manufacture company as well, contract printed for
theme parks, as well as local and Orlando tourist stores with licensed
I also designed artwork and printed for Walgreens stores.
1990 - 1992 Worked for Di-Port USA ,as well as a high end clothing and Screen
printing company of licensed Disney and licensed college sportswear,
also earned the Art director’s position, and trusted to test print in the
1992 I Went out on my own and created a new line of women’s
Spring/ summer line, with designs that took off as hand painted
garments were the thing in the early 90’s. locally I sold to 3 boutique
Stores in the Miami International Airport, owned by the greyhound
Corporation. at this time my work was noticed by a sales group from
Big Pine Key, Florida, whom I teamed up with and the line took off.
From there the birth of my new screen printing company began.
From manual printing, to reinvestment in the
Company. new printing jobs led to the contracting of the automatic
Printing Machines, which were the help needed for a fast turn around
time and delivery.
1992 - 1993 By this time with art, design work, and the screen printing knowledge,
The field was open for the play of creation and new ideas.
Submitting work to the theme parks were now play and fun that turned
into a lucrative business. By now a company named Sun Triangle
offered myself, and my company, a full printing contract on their
garments on a joint venture. Together we acquired contracts for
merchandise sold to the theme parks’ souvenir stores. I
also took on the printing of transfers , and invested in 3machines
that were added to the factory, to continue with Sun Triangle
stock prints that were being ordered from Canada. The new challenges
were also mastered by myself and my staff.
Design Works to : 1. Tampa Bush Gardens, Fl. ( KUMBA ) The Roller Coaster Ride
2. Sea World Fl. ( Bermuda Triangle ) The theme Ride
3. Sea World Fl. ( The Wild Arctic ) The theme Attraction
4. Sea World Fl. ( The Design for Kids’ wear ) cartoons Shamu
5. Dolly Wood NV, TN.
6. Alabama, the Country Music Group
7. Disney Orlando theme Park ( Kids Characters Mickey Mouse,
Goofy, and all the rest )
8. Las Vegas Hotel & Casino Caesar’s Palace
9. Excalibur Hotel
10. Circus Circus
1994 I Painted and Created ( The Freedom For Cuba ) Poster
1997 - 1998 I Painted Exhibit ( A World of Art Gallery )
Paintings Sold - Alone / Together/ Triangle Affair
1998 Now very involved in my community, as well as
being the Vice President of the Board of Directors of my Association,
I ran a political campaign. Ready with The issues that were
concerns to neighbors and voters in the city, with their support ,
as a new comer to local politics, I was able to defeat long
time leader of the democratic party. I was now Mayor of
the City of North Bay Village, Florida. The first Cuban Born Mayor
American since the Incorporation of the City in 1945, when it
separated it self from Miami Dade County.
1998 - 1999 I was now dealing with new -found concerns that affected
My community. being the creative artist that I am, now it was
something I would be able to use in Politics, by setting a new
Standard, and not think the same as every other Politian
1999 - 2000 Ignacio Diaz “to create is to feel, and if you can’t feel you are not
I was also involved in setting up with Miami- Dade County
Mayor Alex Penelas, Hialeah Mayor Raul Martinez, Miami Beach
Mayor Neisen Kasdin, Surfside Mayor Paul Novack, and Homestead
Mayor Shiver, the first Miami -Dade County’s Mayors’ Round Table.
The 32 municipal Mayors at that time, could sit and discuss their
community needs and concerns. My business approach of
working hard with what you have, and making things happen attitude,
I was able to bring The City of North Bay Village from more than half
a Million Dollar deficit. By working with the Commissioners ,
I budgeted 5 Million Dollars to fix the city infrastructure, and
balanced the City budget every year through my time as Mayor.
I was also involved with Mayor Paul Novak
(Surfside), in addressing the Dade County Schools decaying fire alarm
Systems. Many other issues were addressed by Governor
Jeb Bus, also a Federal Lawsuit which lead to the new construction of
schools in Miami- Dade County. The special friends that supported
My community concerns and state wide issuses were :
Former Mayor Pepe Diaz of City of Sweet Water Florida, Former
Director of The Florida Water Management District Jose Fuentes,
Congressman E. Clay Shaw, Congresswoman Iliana Ros-lehtinen ,
Congressman Linclon Diaz Balart, Miami Dade County Mayor Alex
Penelas, Florida Governor Jeb Bush, and Special Friend AC
Weinstein. After my first media interview with him, he became a dear
friend and who always believed in me and all from the Sun Post, to
the many friends that have been there, you know who you are. Thank
2001-2002 Artist and now Former Mayor Ignacio Diaz starts new business in the
Parking Management industry, successfully.
2003 I continue creating art and running the business
2004- 2005 Deeply involved in my community, I became the President of the
first Police Athletic league program for the kids in my community, with
the help of the Miami Beach Police Athletic League Mr. Kenney Stowe
2005 I start another new business in the Limousine service
2007-2008 I create new paintings, but still holding back. No exhibits yet.
But at this point, I meet Mrs. Dee Foss. She saw some of my work and
She was the inspiration that lit the fire for me. Her words were very
Inspiring. She was able to see the creative natural gift that even I
had taken for granted. It’s something that came natural, and its just like
any other thing, lets say breathing .Our bodies do it, we just don’t think
about It, so we take it for granted until we need some type of help
Due to some health issue. Then we realize how important, and the
great gift that it is. This is what Mrs. Dee Foss has made me realize.
she is one special person.
2009 Artist / Painter is getting ready for my first ever art
exhibit in early October 2009 Titled
“The Recaptured Passion of Ignacio Diaz”
My thoughts to everyone out there, that GOD has lead our paths to
cross. I thank you for the experience, I have learned many things from
each and every one of you. Even though we haven’t always agreed on
Each others Opinions, that has made me understand that our
differences really Makes us one, and That has made me better. I hope I
have left the same positive lasting impression on you, too.
Let’s remember life and death come together sooner or later, and we
hope its later than sooner, that’s something we take for granted every
day. That’s why its up to us! and its our responsibility to live life to
the Fullest Potential. Make your dream happen! And don’t listen to
those who say you can’t, that’s not true, YES YOU CAN!
We are in charge of our own destiny. GOD wrote all the scripts. GOD is
just watching to see what road or path you choose to take.
I believe it’s our responsibility to give the world our gift. we are all
We just don’t tell ourselves that, and we should. There is nothing wrong
with that we are.. GOD’S creation. So it’s ok to know it, and believe it,
and in the journey of life, appreciate it! And help others. We are already
doing it anyway, we just don’t realize it. But when our paths cross, we
are leaving an impact on each other with our special gift of who we are.
Open your EYES! Hopefully at the end of life and into the next journey,
GOD Has for all of us, instead of wanting or wishing for more because
We didn’t accomplished our goals, we should say as we look back,
WOW! WHAT A RIDE.
So don’t throw the gift of life away. Do something
Special Thanks to my family. My Mother and Father. They
made me who I am.
To my Son Ignacio. I’m proud of you, and in raising you. I love you!
Thanks To Kimberly Lo Medico with the web site, and all my friends
you all know who you are!
Special thanks to my friends, for believing in me. And to Mrs. Dee Foss
that lit the creative fire that I had let slip off like an old pair of shoes .
she picked them up, dusted them off , and slipped them on me once
again. Thanks for the support and Confidence you have given me.