Al Razza Biography
Al Razza was born in Providence Rhode Island
in 1954 and attended college at the Art Institute of Boston
in 1973 and 1974, but graduated from Massachusettes College
of Art in 1977 with a Bachelors Degree in Fine Art. Just out
of college he opened Razza Fine Art Limited in Barrington,
Rhode Island, a small but well attended gallery. In 1979 he
moved to South Florida, but in 1982 he returned to the North
to attend graduate school at Pratt Institute in New York.
He was awarded two fellowships and offered an assitantship
there, but was unable to complete the masters program due
to financial hardships. Upon returning to Florida in 1983,
he began to do outdoor art festivals, while working as a printer
in research and development for a local manufacturer of printing
presses. He assisted in the development of printing presses
for 3 dimensional objects, such as bottles, pens, and VHS
tapes. In 1989 he went back to school attending Flordia Atlantic
University where he worked to complete teacher certification,
which he did in 1991. Shortly there after he was successul
in winning the covetted South Florida Art Consortium Fellowship,
which was a $15000 cash stipend, awarded for artistic excellence.
The award was followed by an exhibition of his work at the
Norton Museum of Art in Palm Beach, Florida. Since then he
has gone on to develop new painting techniques and has taught
in the Broward County School System. He is currently an art
teacher at the Coral Springs Museum of Art School. In 1995
he started Design Crafters Inc. A small custom frame shop,
which is now a fine art gallery, school, and art supply center,
which still offers quality custom frame work and restoration
of Fine Art. His works have beed continuously exhibited.
Whether I am painting representational pictures or something
purely abstract, I want the work to be provocative and stimulating.The
surface of the work should be active and full of energy, pulling
the viewer closer like a magnet.
When I paint images my need to understand
who I am as person and the dynamics of the world around me
is revealed in some expressive manner. I live every day wondering
how I can improve what I see and do to make something wonderful
emerge from my subconscious visions. My inspiration come from
diverse artistic styles as well as social and environmental
conditions. Many years have passed since I first examined
what motivates me to create art. I was always fascinated by
history, like the Ancient World with all its mysteries, the
Italian Renaissance during which so many great artists lived
and worked so close to one another, and the Twentieth Century
where so many innovations and inventions have affected the
way we live our lives.
I draw from the Ancient World at times, and
read mythology. I enjoy those myths of our creation. It is
in these ancient arts and stories that I have found adventure.
I enjoy so many artists it is difficult to
say who is a favorite. In the Italian Renaissance, I try to
understand the order and color of artists like Giotto, the
veiled emotion of Michaelangelo, and the fervor of da Vinci.
The twentieth Century to, has had such and influence on me
with artists like Picasso, Kandinsky, DeKooning, Pollock,
and so many others. In no other time could I have been exposed
to such diversity, which has generated so many opportunities
to create an iconogrphy all my own.
So when it comes to answering my own question
of what motivates me, I guess I would have to say: "I
have always had a strong desire to create, persevere, and
be a contributor to history in some fashion, to empathize
with the world, and find the essence of that experience in