”I create art to live and live the way I create art.”
Razza was born in 1954 in Providence Rhode Island, USA. He was educated in New England, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Art Degree from Massachusetts College of Art in 1977. He also attended the Art Institute of Boston, the University of Rhode Island, and Florida Atlantic University. In 1982, while working on a Masters Degree at Pratt Institute in New York, he was awarded an assistantship and two fellowships.
In 1991, Razza won one of the first South Florida Consortium Fellowships, awarded for artistic excellence by the South Florida Art Consortium and the National Endowment for the Arts; which included a $15000 stipend and an exhibition at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida.
His work has been exhibited in museums, and galleries, and is included in private and public collections. He has taught in the Broward County, Florida School System, and was an instructor at the Coral Springs Museum of Art for about 12 years. He is the owner of the Razza's School of Art, located in Coral Springs, Florida.
Whether I am painting representational pictures or something purely abstract, I want the work to be provocative and stimulating. The surface should be active and full of energy, pulling each viewer closer like a magnet.
When I paint images my need to understand who I am as a person and the dynamics of the world around me is revealed in some expressive manner. Every day I wonder how I can make something wonderful emerge from my subconscious.
My inspiration comes from diverse artistic styles as well as social and environmental conditions. I was always fascinated by history, like the Ancient World with all its mysteries, the Italian Renaissance where 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.
When it comes to my work methods, I explore many styles; such as abstract expressionism, color field, minimalism, and even pop art. There are times when images and words find there way into the work as well. The materials I use are largely canvas, paper, and plastic. And the paints are generally a mix of oil, enamel, and acrylic.
Each work starts from a simple idea and is developed with a great deal of thought. Trusting in inspiration I work fast and methodical, experimenting and making discoveries while I work. With each step I am guided by instinct to the works completion.