The event was participated in by a long list of Houston local artists, which include: Daniel Houston, Anna Jimenez, Cedric Akue, Jennifer Lang, Gordon Greenleaf, Ana Ramos, Rona Lesser, David Vander Linden, D'Montserrat, Vella Almazan, Alex Galloway, Lorna Maza, Cyril Maza
, Zilla Adams, Zuki, Shirley Scarpetta, JP Harman, Tyler Kay, David Mortensen, Lisa Hardcorn, Dmitry Nevezhay, Jose Ramirez, Holly Denslow, Ted Shaw, Rodolfo Banuelos, Louis Monnich III, Beth LeBlanc, Kerry Ramirez, Jim Padgett, Darlene Abdouch, Bianca Postel, Madly Art & Design, Gabino Torres, Iris Forbes, and Ana Romo-Shaw.
The event was hosted by Spectra Artists, Inc., a Texas non-profit corporation based in Houston, Texas. Spectra Artists run the Galerie Spectra located inside the Memorial City Mall, at 303 Memorial City Way, Unit #822, Houston TX 77024. They also display art works at other venues. They currently have an artwork display at Salon Sky, which is at 12651 Memorial Drive, Houston TX.
The "Earth, Sky and Space" event was chaired by Julio and Kerry Ramirez.
March 22nd, 2016
When I was a kid, I liked to draw very much. Drawing was one of my favorite hobbies. I drew people, trees, mountains, buildings, airplanes, cars, and just about every other thing I saw around me. My special talent and artistic inclination had been noticed by people around me at my early age. They had helped me earn excellent grades in my art subjects in school, as well as, enjoy the admiration of people around me. I still remember how my classmates used to come to me, asking me to draw something for them. I just wish I could have painted on canvas also, but I just never really had the chance to do it, perhaps due to lack of resources. No one in my family had ever been in the fine art industry, and I had never been really exposed to paints and canvas panels until I reached the age of 39.
In 1981, my family and I went to Indonesia, where my father was working as a consultant agricultural engineer. We stayed there for two years, one year in Lampung (in the island of Sumatra) and another year in Jakarta (in the island of Java). My siblings and I studied in the Home Instruction Department of Calvert School, which is in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, during our first year. The following year, we studied in Jakarta International School (JIS), where I took Fine Arts as an elective subject throughout the whole year. There, I learned the basics of drawing, painting, batik making, pottery, calligraphy, candle making, linoleum printmaking, and other works of art.
Painting is one of the things I have wanted to do since I was a little kid, but never really had the chance to do on a regular basis until I reached the age of 39.
My father, Renato B. Maza, also taught my siblings and I, how to draw perspectives. He used to arrange empty card board boxes on our dining table and then ask us to draw two-point perspectives of them. What he taught us has greatly influenced my works, from my school projects in high school and college to my later works as an engineer and as an artist.
We returned to Infanta, Quezon, in 1983, and I continued my secondary education in Mt. Carmel High School (MCHS). Nic Mendigo, one of my teachers happened to be a Fine Arts graduate from the University of the Philippines (UP). He taught us (my classmates and me) how to draw and to capture the effects of light and shadow in our drawings. He even made us draw portraits of ourselves as one of our school projects.
I continued to draw and had drawn several portraits of myself. I had drawn pictures of famous basketball players from the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), with their faces left out and replaced by mine. I used to place my drawings under the transparent plastic covers of my notebooks, which I carried and showed around in school.
I had also joined an amateur drawing contest and had won second prize during a youth assembly attended by delegates from various youth organizations and different schools around the town. That contest was an on-the-spot drawing contest held in the MCHS auditorium and was among the many activities lined up for that day. There were also singing, song-writing contest, and other activities conducted to promote camaraderie and friendship among students and the out-of-school youth during that day.
At some point during my childhood days, I had dreamt of becoming a great artist in the likes of Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and other great artists that we read in history books. However, just like many other Filipino artists that came before me, I had been advised not to pursue an artist career because, accordingly, there was no financial future in art. That did not bother me, though, as I had many other options that time. I was one of the top students in my class, and mathematics and physical sciences, besides arts (of course), were among my favorite subjects in school.
I graduated from high school with first honorable mention and a special leadership award. I was the battalion commander of our school's Citizen Army Training - Women Auxiliary Service (CAT-WAS) cadets in my senior year.
I went to the University of the Philippines (UP) right after high school and studied civil engineering. I got my bachelor's degree in 1992 and have passed the civil engineering board exam in 1993. I started working and became very busy that I had no time left to indulge in art activities. Work brought me to Saudi Arabia and eventually, to Houston, Texas in the United States.
My love for arts never left me, though. One day, in 2008, I found myself in Walmart, staring at some art supplies displayed in the store. Knowing I had a very busy schedule at work, working overtime most of the days, I reluctantly bought those things… I got a small kit of painting materials for around twenty dollars. That kit included a set of brushes, a set of paints, a palette, a pencil, a pencil sharpener, and a reference book on painting. I also bought a set of canvas panels and a wooden easel that was worth another twenty dollars, or so. Those materials sat in my apartment for several weeks, untouched. I was just too busy working overtime everyday. I even reported to the office during weekends. Days turned to weeks and weeks turned to months until that one lonely night, sitting alone in my apartment. I picked up the pencil from that box, and without much thinking I started sketching on one of the canvas panels I bought. It felt awkward at first, considering I had not drawn artistically, like I did when I was a kid, for so many years. But, as I work on it, little by little, it became easier and easier. My enthusiasm grew more and more as I realized my God-given talent has not left me, after all those years. It has stayed there with me all along, just waiting to be tapped. And so I worked and went to bed late, spending many hours painting, that night. I went to bed few hours after midnight, realizing I still had to report to work (as an engineer) the following day.
That was how I made my very first painting on canvas ever (see the picture below). It was a self-portrait.
Well, yes, a painting is a good gift to give, especially if you painted it yourself. Painting is also a good way of expressing yourself. It is actually just another way of communicating. You can communicate to others what you think and feel about them, just as you can do in speaking and writing. Sometimes, words and letters are not enough to describe and convey what we really want to say. But, through visual arts, we can express a lot more things than what our lips could say. Indeed,“a picture is worth a thousand words.”
I was very happy when I saw what I had done, so I decided to do some more paintings in the nights that followed. I finished two more paintings within that week. One is my wife's portrait (see picture below). The other one is a portrait of a woman texting on her cellular phone. I have given out that painting as a gift to one of my friends.
So, why not start expressing your love and appreciation to your friends and love ones by buying them gifts of my paintings? Prints of my paintings are now available for sale through Fine Art America, which can be accessed by clicking on the icon below.
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March 18th, 2016
Husband and wife Cyril Maza (CSMaza) and Lorna Maza (LLDM) completed two commissioned paintings that feature men delivering cargo boxes in remote areas in the Philippines. The paintings were commissioned by Regent Forex, a cargo forwarding company with an office in Houston, Texas.
The paintings were both made using acrylic paints, on 24" X 20" canvas panels. The titles of the paintings were chosen by the client, and are Forex1 and Forex2.
Forex1 shows a man sitting on the back of a carabao while signing a delivery receipt. With him are two Forex agents, one in front of him and the other one behind him. The agent in front of him is shown with right arm stretched out, reaching out for the signed document. The other agent is shown holding the boxes that are placed on top of a bamboo sledge. The sledge is towed by the carabao. The background depicts a scene typical to farms in the Philippines, with trees, mountains, rice fields, and a nipa hut.
Forex 2 shows a Forex agent standing on the top of a small boat that is typical to rural villages in the Philippines. With him are two boatmen who are trying to maneuver the boat as they start their journey to the other side of the river. They are on their way to deliver the boxes.
March 18th, 2016
Fine Art America has recently announced a new partnership with Deck the Walls, The Great Frame Up, and the Framing and Art Centre!
If you live in the US or Canada, you probably recognize at least one of those business names. They are all custom frame shops with hundreds of locations nationwide.
Deck the Walls and The Great Frame Up have hundreds of retail stores located in malls and shopping centers throughout the United States, and the Framing & Art Centre is the largest framing franchise in Canada.
Fine Art America has partnered with all three companies in order to power their e-commerce websites and in-store kiosks. The partnership enables all three franchises to sell framed prints, canvas prints, greeting cards, throw pillows, and more from us (Cyril and Lorna Maza), as well as from other living artists and photographers who are members of FineArtAmerica.com.
Fine Art America has provided each franchise with a custom-branded website powered by Fine Art America's e-commerce technology:
The three franchises, combined, have more than one hundred and fifty retail locations throughout the United States and Canada. Next time you visit any of their shops and don't like what you see on their walls, ask them if you could check their website. You may find our art works in there. Just search for my name (Cyril Maza).
When you purchase a product from the franchise's website, Fine Art America handles the logistics of printing, manufacturing, and fulfilling your order. All orders come with a 30-day money back guarantee.
March 18th, 2016
We are now selling t-shirts and other apparel, with prints of our art works, on Pixels.com!
We have available t-shirts, sweatshirts, v-necks, tank tops, women's t-shirts, junior t-shirts, long sleeve t-shirts, and more.
Pixels.com has revolutionized the way that artwork, home decor, and apparel are bought and sold around the world. With a few simple clicks, buyers can browse and pick from our selection of art work images and instantly purchase print-on-demand products online. Pixels.com fulfills each order on our behalf - taking care of the printing, framing, matting, packaging, shipping, and collecting payments from the buyers. Each product is manufactured at Pixels.com production facility and delivered with a 30-day money-back guarantee.
March 18th, 2016
We are very pleased to announce that we have begun shipping iPhone and Galaxy cases with my art works from our new production facilities in the United Kingdom and Australia!
What does that mean?
It means that all orders for phone cases will ship to any address in the UK within one business day... and to any address in Europe and Australia within 2 - 5 business days!
It also means low shipping rates and no import taxes!
The UK and Australian centers will be fulfilling orders for all of our websites, including the following:
We are currently offering cases for the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and the Samsung Galaxy S4, S5, and S6, as well.
Each case is custom manufactured using your selected image, shipped from our production facility, and delivered to you with a 30-day money-back guarantee.