YAZ'S GALLERY

Official website of the visual artist Yaz

I am a multimedia artist that works primarily in the abstract. I also love to recreate realistic subjects conceptually. I call myself a multimedia artist as I don't want to be categorized exclusively as a painter. I enjoy working with a variety of mediums including: acrylics, watercolors, collage, relief printing, the list goes on. I believe it's so important to experiment with different mediums, styles, and techniques because with constant experimentation comes new skills and innovative types of art. It’s so important to me as an artist to keep learning and pushing my art, as I think it’s vital in order to evolve artistically.

I have always had an innate drive to create. It thrills me to make something out of nothing, or to turn something ordinary into something extraordinary. It is also intriguing to me to know that my art will be here, long after I’m gone. Creating art means the world to me; it’s my outlet, my escape, and my passion. I've been dealing with chronic pain due to Fibromyalgia for about 8 years now, although it has gotten much worse over the past few years. Between neck surgery + multiple car accidents I've been pretty beat up. It's very wearing to deal with chronic health issues and pain, and as someone who isn't so good at expressing these feelings, creating art has been my best way to: communicate, showing others what I cannot say; to release all of my bottled up emotions, feelings and thoughts. Prior to being injured creating art was just my hobby, but it's become so much more than that. It's my savior, it drives me, keeps me excited, hopeful, and it allows me to have control over something in my life. Although my pain and physical limitations do keep me from creating at times, when I am able to do it I feel so free. It's something that no one can ever take away from me, or make me feel badly about, which is a rarity in life. And the fact that others get to enjoy my work is just the cherry on top.

I have developed my signature style over the years by utilizing a bright, bold palette. I am motivated to use such colors as I adore the vibrancy and energy the vividness brings to the works. Additionally, brilliantly colored pieces make me smile as I hope it does for you. I find great inspiration for my work from the things I admire, be it California, places I enjoy, or simply my favorite rappers.

Other factors have also contributed to my style and inspiration, including my study of art history. Matisse's work has been a huge influence on my abstract portraits; and Picasso's Blue Period has also inspired me immensely and has pressed me to experiment with the colors I use in my works. Beyond what I've created my hope is to awaken an appreciation for all types of art regardless of medium, subject or style.

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