ABOUT THE ARTIST
Aza Smith began taking professional art courses since 2008, having passed the audition into Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. After graduation in 2013, he applied to El Centro College in Dallas, TX where he received an Associate in Arts in 2017, and in 2017 had received a Bachelors in Studio Arts – Emphasis in Sculpture in Texas A&M University — Commerce. He focuses primarily on soft-sculptures and multi-media portraits. Believing that fine art can be used as a story-telling medium, he enjoys creating characters that fill roles that entertain an audience fed a steady diet of contemporary blandness. Whether they’re rag dolls made from found objects sewn by hand or elaborate illustrations made from ink and oil, Aza has a particular love for tropes, cliches and pure fiction, works of art made to embody abstract ideas and archetypes found in art history and pop culture.