Today we’d like to introduce you to Ize.
Ize, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
As a kid I’ve always enjoyed drawing. There was even a point where I sold my sketches for five cents. I built a lemonade stand to sell lemonade but later I drew sketches to sell as well. I think I was about 10 years old. Over the years I took every art class I could take and would even stop by the library to pick up a few books to teach myself how to draw. I had a friend who informed me about First Fridays in high school. That influenced me to make even more art. It wasn’t until college that I found my style. My English professor whom was also an artist helped me to push myself. From then on, I worked hard to build my resume and have been lucky enough to work with great people who have believed in me. I’m really lucky.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I make art pieces that incorporate famous people or sometimes unknown people. Some are political, while others are there to stand out in vibrant colors, and please the eye. I mainly work with spray paint and stencils but I’ve worked with oil, acrylic, pastels, charcoal, ink, and watercolors in the past. I paint because I love it, I can see myself painting forever, and sometimes I wish I had more free time, so I work really hard so that one day I can make this my full-time career all while giving back to schools who need art supplies or funding for art classes. I donate art pieces for charities as a way of giving back. Believe it’s our responsibility as a human to give back if you have the chance.
The reason I go by Ize is because I wanted to give my artistic name meaning and depth. Ize is a suffix meaning to create, and it’s also pronounced like eyes. The polka dots in all my art work are there to resemble the shape that eyes have. The polka dots are also there to remind the viewer that visual art, before becoming an Intellectual process, is a visual adventure. Sight plays a very important role when it comes to visual art and I wanted the dots to represent that in all my work.
Artists face many challenges, but what do you feel is the most pressing among them?
Comfort zones I’d have to say. Whether it’s working with new tools or incorporating new techniques. That can be challenging, especially if you’re not sure of the outcome. I think it important to keep your mind open and try new things. It can help your artwork stay relevant and even catch new viewers. There always room for growth.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
My current and past artwork can be found on my website izeart.com or Instagram at ize_official. I’ll always have it updated for future gallery art shows as well. Currently you can view personal work at Fillmore Coffee Co., a coffee shop in downtown phoenix where its available for sale. I also have pieces available at Urban Eye Care. I have 3 murals, one in Gilbert, and two in Phoenix. Check out my Instagram or website where it will list the location of them.
- Address: 228 E Helena Dr
Phoenix, AZ 85022
- Website: izeart.com
- Phone: 6027701741
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: instagram.com/ize_official
- Twitter: twitter.com/ize_official
Zee Peralta (personal photo)