LIZ LOZ, KENDALL Member Since June 2009 Artist Statement Curriculum Vitae LIZ LOZ Born in Caracas, Venezuela; however since the age of two made permanent residence in United States. All basic and general studies were received in San Juan Puerto Rico. After graduating from Academia Santa Monica Catholic High School, went on and attended the InterAmerican University to achieve a Bachelor in Science degree in Social Work/Criminology. Moved to South Florida were almost immediately commenced and dedicated to the human and social services career. Recognizing that the selected profession was a very demanding, high stress level atmosphere, and surrounded by human hardship; steered to find an outlet. This was how creativity and talent within were revealed. Allowing the expression of a deep appreciation for the collection of elements that ultimately assembles the lining that makes us individuals while being part of a community and society as a whole. Was introduced to oils and pastels by a College professor who studied under the master Olga Albizu, BA and was herself a student of the famous abstract painter Hans Hoffman. Participated of a variety of art demonstrations and art workshops, but it is fair to say, it has been mostly freelancing and self-taught. Channeling the ability to understand color, shapes and style in as many ways as possible, It lead to work as a merchandiser, for photographers arranging backgrounds for marketing efforts, aspiring local art galleries as well as consulting for well established art galleries, road exhibitions and retail stores. In 2003 had the great opportunity to be a key part of an antique and collectibles retail store in Hallandale, Florida, rapidly expanding and opened a vintage fashion boutique at a local mall in Hollywood, Florida. And created and managed two fairly successful electronic stores. After an assessment of the consumer’s trend developed a small studio where vintage Levi’s denim jeans and jackets where customized and hand painted creations were exhibited and sold. My work is a constant practice of insight and eagerness to leave an expressive mark. The most recent project has been joining her talents to those of New York native artist and designer AES, together they have found inspiration on the Afro-Cuban culture and religious images, Creating an amazing and unique collection of art pieces.