Artist Spotlight - Diego Marcial Rios
Diego is a Dragon Sex Calendar OG. One could say he’s the GOAT. Back in 2015 I put an ad on Craigslist looking for artists who would be interested in a “ridiculous, NSFW artwork project.” When Diego and I started working together I honestly had no idea the caliber of artist he was. While most artists worked in a digital medium—and email me links to their finished artwork, Diego sent me the physical artwork. 👏 On a canvas 👏 Done by hand 👏 Water color and pastel. The three pieces of artwork that Diego has contributed to the Dragon Sex Calendar over the years are all hanging proudly in my office.
The first piece of artwork that Diego designed is called "Snow Dragons," (seen above) and is a masterpiece.
2. MAGMA MATING
The second piece of artwork Diego did for me is a piece titled, "Magma Mating.” Look closely at this one. You will see the male and female zodiac symbols etched into the wings of the dragons. I especially like he’s placed them inside a volcano. The magma with the skulls, bones, and spear heads floating. And the green dragon’s massive dick.
3. MIRAGE MATING
See what I did there? “Magma” replaced my “Mirage"? Piece number 3 Diego did for me was for the 2017 Dragon Sex Calendar and is titled, "Mirage Mating.” I love the contrasting/complimentary colors in this artwork. The green sky, against the sandy desert. The dragons flying in the sky in the background. The attention to detail with the scales.
A little bit about Diego pulled from his own website:
Rios' paintings, woodcuts, and masks have been included in more than 500 exhibitions in the USA, Asia, and Europe. His dynamic work is featured in a number of Museum Collections including the Laguna Beach Museum, Laguna Beach, CA.; Museo National De La Estampa, Mexico City, Mexico, and in public collections including the San Francisco Mission Cultural Center, C; Harriet Taubman Gallery, MD; and the Irish Arts Council, Belfast, Ireland.
I recently did an interview with Diego, where I learned how much of a character he is. You can see the interview in it’s entirety below, split into 3 parts.