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ADVANCING THE ARTS ACROSS MARYLAND

ZACH RISSO

ZACH RISSO

Artist Work

Blodeuwedd
Jul 2008
Mixed
8"x8"
The Red Balloon - ATC
Aug 2008
Acrylic
2.5"x3.5"
Aphrodite
Aug 2008
Mixed
8"x8"
Pisces
Aug 2008
Mixed
6"x12"

Artist Information

County
Baltimore City
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

When I work with mixed media I am reminded that as a living being, I am able to directly affect my surroundings in whatever way I choose. My purpose in creating art is to have the same effect on my audience. I want people to feel as though they could create art as well and that they too can control their surroundings.

Artist Bio

I started working with mixed media two years ago. The quality I am able to achieve with multiple mediums is something I dont think I could ever achieve otherwise. Non-traditional methods of creating art allow me to use my imagination to its fullest, bringing me better work with every attempt. Since I was young, most art classes I took stressed the importance of representational subject matter in a piece. While I do agree that it is important to learn the traditional disciplines to a certain extent, I disagree whole-heartedly that there is nothing more out there in which to convey meaning through art. It took some time for me to learn that art did not need to be a bowl of fruit upon draped tablecloths or a reclining nude painted with the utmost care. My method of work has evolved to now experimenting with found objects and textures to create a base for my work. I then let the painting reveal itself Using design elements, on a surface that is highly textured with mediums or collage elements, helps me produce works that are expressive and personal. At the same time, I discovered my love of graphic design. From the more technical aspects of logo and advertisement design, I delved into the world of pixel art and illustration. I continue my digital and traditional work simultaneously. Each offers me an outlet for my creativity that I cherish.