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Special Euforia event at the Plaza at Victory Park in Dallas. The event presents the documentary Recapturing Cuba followed by a live music performance and oil on canvas painting by Diaz.

The documentary Recapturing Cuba follows Diaz as he returns to Cuba for the first time since fleeing the country as a boy. He seeks to recapture memories of his past, but connects with Havana’s thriving contemporary art scene and ultimately takes his art in a new direction. The documentary premieres on PBS May 28, 2008.

Diaz is commissioned by Gloria & BJ Thomas (Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head) to do an original oil on canvas for Liza Minnelli and David Gest as a wedding gift.
"Samba in the Streets". Diaz donates a painting for auction in Tampa Florida for The Make a Wish Foundation, in conjunction with a celebration of The Samba Room restaurant one year anniversary.
Diaz is feautured on a morning show in Tampa Florida on Channel 8.
He is also featured on Channel 8 in Dallas in the show titled La Vida.
Diaz is asked to help raise Aids awareness for DIFFA. He is featured on a Channel 8 spot that aired for a month.
Diaz donates to The Make a Wish Foundation, The Cattle Baron's Ball, Cystic Fibrosis in Dallas Texas. Last year at the Cattle Barons' Ball a work on paper auctioned at $6,000.
Sabrina Newton of Scheufelen Paper out of Germany asks to for usage of Diaz paintings to be printed in a beautiful designed piece featuring PhoenixXmotion paper. Roz Theisfeld designer and Barber Chandler writer work together to make an award winning piece. It receives a Gold Award nationally in the printing business.

Art show at Galerie du Soleil, in Hyde Park Tampa, Florida.

Visit to poor colony in San Pedro Sula, Hoduras.

Monica of Monica's in Deep Ellum , Dallas hires Ro to design part of the interior of her new restaurant (Ciudad) in Highland Park. He also paints a 13'X6' canvas for behind the bar area titled "Old & New".

Ro, participated in the "Painted Chef's Jacket Auction" sponsored by Greater Dallas Restaurant Association and Paper City Magazine. The money will go to future scholarship students attending El Centro Community College department of culinary careers. The coat was auctioned for $600. The event was part of the GDRA TasteMaker Awards ceremony and dinner dance at the Gypsy Tea Room. The GDRA TasteMaker saluted excellence in restaurant advertising, design, journalism, customer and community service. Other hotel/restaurants participating include: La Madeline @ Fairmont Hotel; Liberty @ The Mansion Hotel; Anzu @ The Anatole Hotel; Green Room @ The Crescent Hotel; Barclay's @ The Adolphus Hotel; Routh's Chris @ The Melrose Hotel; Houston's @ The M Crowd Gene Street & Co. @ Food Star Restaurant Group; Matt Martinez & Co. @ Brinker International.

Donation of art for the Ft. Worth Ballet featuring "Elis", and original musical openning at The Bass Hall.

Donation of painting to the Ft. Worth Symphony's annual auction.

Art Show at McGannon Showroom in the designer's district

Art show at Florence Art Gallery, Turtle Creek .

Donation of art to the Annual Aids Interfaith Network Fund Raiser. Original "Two in One II", oil on paper auctioned at $3,500.

Special mural designs for private residences.

Featured in several publications including, Dallas Home Design, Where Magazine, "D" Magazine and others,

Two original oil on canvas auctioned at "A Night to Remember" at approximately $8,000 to benefit Central Dallas Ministries.

Contract with Carlson Worldwide for Ro to become the signature artist for Samba Room restaurants. The contract includes restaurants in: Dallas, Houston (Texas), Ft. Lauderdale, South Beach, Orlando, Tampa, West Palm Beach (Florida), Phoenix Arizona, Denver Colorado and Chicago. Original oil on canvas (approx. 27'X6') titled "Cuba 1957"

Ro participated in the Dallas Museum of Art Beaux Arts Ball Auction which raised in excess of a million dollars in honoring the museum's programs. The celebration Carnival des Artistes was inspired by three cubist paintings by Pablo Picasso, George Braque and Juan Gris. His painting Yellow Chair was auctioned at over $3000.

Ro's third trip to Europe. He mostly spent time in Rome Florence, visiting The Museum of Modern Art, Rome, The Dali Museum, a special exhibit of Renoir's work, the Exhibit of Botello, especially large sculptures, an exhibit of El Greco's work. He also visited the Catacomes, the Roman ruins, The Vatican, The Partheon, St. Peter's Cathedral, The Trevi Fountain, and many other works of art, including David, and other unknown works like "Christ and The Cross" by Michaelangelo hidden in a simple catholic church.

Phyllis Hammond, a business acquaintance, contacted Ro about a special project involving The Pegasus, the icon for the origination of the city of Dallas, located in the heart of downtown. The artwork Ro painted was auctioned after several stops in the downtown area including Neiman Marcus, for $25,000 by Paul Harris of the Hoblitzel Foundation "D" Magazine covered a special story on this event. All funds will benefit CDA and The Pegasus Project. Mayor of Dallas, Ron Kirk bid $7,000 on the painting himself.

Mayor Ron Kirk acknowledges Ro's work in the media at a press conference announcing Dallas 2000, A New Year's celebration event in connection with The Pegasus project.

Ro did a special benefit for the Annual Aids Interfaith Network Fund Raiser. He donated an oil on canvas titled Two-in-One for the auction. Miss Regina Newey is now the happy owner of Two-in-One by Rolando Diaz. Miss Newey bid the highest for the piece at $2400.

Art show at Ballinger's Gallery. Highland Park, Travis Walk.

Exhibited at Ann Thomson Gallery, McKinney Ave. Dallas.

Exhibited at Gallery 209, McKinney Ave. Dallas.

Exhibits at The Pace Collection, Designer's District, Dallas.

 

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Sightings:

Nikkita Restaurant/ West Village in Dallas, TX

The Samba Room, Travis Walk in Highland Park, Dallas, TX. – featuring Ro Diaz's largest canvas at 25' x 5' behind the bar, and in cities accros the country.

Also Ciudad Restaurant in Highland Park

Public Library Downtown Dallas, 4th floor Art Gallery ("Pegasus, the Guardian" ) donated for public viewing by The Hoblitzel Foundation.

"Eve" women' store in Denver Colorado, Larimer's Square.

Young Jr. High School's gymnasium in Arlington, Texas.