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MAZ – Son of Picasso, (no family relation to the famous Pablo Picasso) birth named Jacob Mazone [Sicilian Italian]: 1962 - Alive, is an artist-painter that has spent all of his adult life in the United States. His grandparents, on both sides, are from South-Central Sicily [Caltagirone]. He is an influential artist in the 21st century because he is known for being the originator of "Emotionalism©" in 2014 through the creation of Biblical and Spiritual themed paintings. This unique style uses a combination or duality of: Neoclassicism, Post-Impressionism, Expressionism & Surrealism. Within his paintings, he additionally applies symbolic meaning and hidden code. Occasional distortions are worked into each painting, giving the viewer liberty to create their own meaning. Emotionalism© appeals to all ages and faiths (even non-religious and agnostic). Some critics label his work as childlike or 'unsophisticated', as they did Picasso's. MAZ productions are extremely colorful however, just as were most of Picasso's expressive works in the later part of his career, along with his friend and rival Henri Matisse. Unlike these two great artists, MAZ does not paint in nude or erotic themes.
Jacob Mazone might be regarded as avant-garde because he is the only professional artist in the U.S. who is defining and reintroducing new oil and acrylic originals specifically of a spiritual and quasi-biblical theme into an art world that has all but forgotten this classical several century old style. Although he considers himself a modern day renaissance man, Mazone takes no personal credit or recognition for any of his creative talent. He believes his art is divinely inspired so that the public may find spiritual hope in a dark world.
MAZ is called "Son of Picasso" because of his artistic talent in utilizing much of Picasso’s hard edge design, deliberate shape manipulation, and vibrant colors into a reviving European inspired art niche. During the first 20 years of his life as an artist, his style has changed as he experimented with different theories, techniques, and ideas. Other famous artists that MAZ derives inspiration from include El Greco, James Tissot & Van Gogh.
MAZ (Mazone) was baptized Catholic by his Brooklyn born parents (Gaetano and Cattarina); however, Jacob (Giacobbe) later became a non-denominational Christian at age 30. Mazone’s family was of a middle-class background. His father was a general contractor and painter who specialized in remodeling and painting homes in Las Vegas, NV. His mother was a homemaker until her divorce from Gaetano in 1978, which forced her into working full time in a casino.
Mazone showed a passion and a skill for drawing from an early age. He was introduced to painting by his mother when she began gifting him paint-by-numbers hobby kits starting at the age of six. MAZ received indirect artistic training from his father in landscape drawing and rudimentary painting. Gaetano sketched many of his home remodels beforehand. Later MAZ received more formal training in high school regarding sketching, painting, and commercial art design. By and large however, he is self-taught. His formal education after high school includes an under-graduate degree in Finance (U.N.L.V.) and a post-graduate MBA (C.S.U.S.B.)
CAREER & ADULT LIFE
After divorcing in 1999, MAZ was awarded full custody of 2 sons in a long court battle. He had great stress in being a single parent to the boys, and shortly thereafter lost his job as a traveling software demonstrator for a large firm. During the pursuing 8 years, the small broken family lived in a lower class lifestyle and relocated 5 times for various reasons. Because he was unable to provide his sons with the lifestyle their peers had, he fell into deep depression for many years. He obtained a job with Morgan Stanley in 2003, and has remained in the financial investment industry since then.
In 2014 MAZ began re-devoting much of his free time to painting. Because of two overwhelming personal setbacks from 2014 through 2016, he was stricken again with depression and anxiety. In May 2016 however, he experienced a miraculous healing and began accepting contracts for paintings through his investment clients (retirement-portfolio.4t.com). This gave him new inspiration and passion for his God given gift.
Today the majority of his remaining and ongoing work is on display at the Spiritual Art Gallery located within his financial planning office in Henderson, NV (Green Valley Area). It is the only art gallery of its type in the U.S., and is protected by an elaborate security system where a state issued ID is required to enter. No one under age 18 is permitted into the gallery without being accompanied by an adult and no cell phone use, sunglasses or hats are allowed - as part of security against theft.
The only other artwork that MAZ accepts for display within the gallery is that of his son who experienced a severe mental disability while serving in the U.S. Air Force. The younger Mazone was given a unique artistic gift after becoming disabled. He is able to now create highly detailed pencil and pastel pictures, and at times, they have an appearance of being painted in watercolor.
Some critics say B. Mazone's Disney inspired pencil and pastel creations are "savant" and exceed his father's in skill and technique. See link on left: Gallery BVM.
STYLE & MEANING
MAZ places little or no effort to hide (or smooth out) brush strokes because he feels each one can have hidden meaning. He does not focus on realistic imaging (such as a photographic appearance), and his style contains deliberate hard edges. Although occasionally present, he does not emphasize shadowing or glazing. Mazone's goal is to express what is deep within his soul and communicate spiritual truth through the painting rather that producing picture perfect images.
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The Artist's Vision
MAZ has chosen to be a professional artist out of great disappointment in Contemporary Art (along with most meaningless 'Abstracts') and a deep concern that biblically inspired art has become a lost subject matter in galleries and art exhibitions. He knows his work is the exact missing element and theme in an art world that is thirsty for change, and has a vision to globally disseminate Emotionalism©; now missing from the world-wide secular art community. His secondary goal is to communicate God's truth by using meaningful action scenes that evoke positive emotional responses within the viewer. Authenticity, Love, and widespread Hope are the key messages of Mazone's vision as an artist.