Nelson Diaz is a resident of New York City, and the Hudson Valley where he works as an artist. In 2006, he was awarded a grant from The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation as well as the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. In 2015 Nelson Diaz received the Historical Society of Rockland County Merit Award for Adaptive Use for his creative direction in the restoration and preservation of the S.C. Blauvelt Home which is now Casa Hudson, bed & breakfast, in the Haverstraw NY.
He has exhibited in one man shows at the Intar Latin-American Gallery and the Leonora Vega Gallery. His work has also been shown at group shows at the New York Academy of Art, where he is part of their permanent collection, as well as at the Neuberger Musuem of Art in Purchase New York.
Before moving to New York in 1990 from Miami, Diaz was part of exhibitions at the Interstice Cameo Gallery in South Beach, the Barbara Gillman Gallery in Miami, The Museum of Modern Art in Fort Lauderdale and the Anne Berthoud Gallery in London. His work is part of the permanent collections at the University of Miami Louis Calder Memorial Center, in addition to many private collections.
Diaz received an honorary award for the Visual Arts from Florida International University, as well as a grant for Mathematics and Computer Research from the University of Miami.