Diego Miró-Rivera born in Austin, Texas, to parents from Puerto Rico and Spain. He graduated from Yale University this past May, with honors in Art and Cognitive Science, and was awarded the Sudler Prize for the Creative Arts at commencement. Other formative experiences include a residency at the Norfolk School of Art, archeological research on the Ancient Maya in Belize (Gurney Fellowship ‘22), and a study of Japan’s gardens (William Hotchkiss Fellowship ‘23).  Diego’s work is focused on site-specificity, the natural world, how humans relate through the manipulation of space. Some of his works are of immense scale, snow or grass tracks of several kilometers, others fit in the palm of a hand. Diego Miró-Rivera nació en Austin, Texas, de madre Puertorriquena y padre Espanol. Se graduó de la Universidad de Yale, con honores en Arte y Ciencias Cognitivas, y recibió el Premio Sudler de Artes Creativas. Otras experiencias formativas incluyen una residencia en la Escuela de Arte de Norfolk, una investigación arqueológica en ruinas Mayas en Belice (Gurney Fellowship '22) y un estudio de los jardines de Japón (William Hotchkiss Fellowship '23). El trabajo de Diego se centra en la especificidad del lugar. Sus curiosidades se expanden al mundo natural, el cerebro humano, y la relación entre ambos. Algunas de sus obras son de inmensa escala (varios kilómetros) y otras caben en la palma de una mano.   Artist statement: I believe the essence of art is a state of mind; an attitude that allows us to follow curiosities through observation and physical interventions. My curiosities expand the natural world, the human brain, and the complex relationship between the two. My works tend to be ephemeral, of immense scale, drawings in grass, snow and sand of several kilometers, and also of extremely small scales: a portrait of a cigarette butt, or a sculpture made of seeds that germinate over time. For me, the most important aspect of my work is how it is literally and conceptually anchored in reality. I don't want to transport people to an alternative place, but rather allow them to connect more with things that already exist around them.