By the time Israeli native Shlomi Haziza was 15 years old, he was already an established artist. While other children were skipping sea stones, he was painting them, a hobby which launched his first venture, Rock Art.
It wasn't long before his whimsically painted Rocks were a common feature on doorways throughout Israel and attracting international attention.
While still in his teens, Haziza became known for his work in a variety of mediums. His collages, made from Levi jeans, became popular fixtures in clubs, restaurants and galleries.
He even turned his stint in the Israeli army into an opportunity for artistic exploration, painting inspirational pictures and montages on the exterior walls of army bases, work that earned him even greater celebrity.
Traveling internationally since he was young, Haziza has been exposed to much of the world's great architecture, museums and music, all of which have influenced his work. He draws upon his own heritage -- evident in his beautiful pieces of Judaica -- but cites life, travel and the infinite beauty of the world's cultures as the basis for his inspiration.
Barely in his twenties, he was granted permanent U.S. residency on the basis of exhibiting "extraordinary ability".
Acrylic is the most sophisticated material Haziza has mastered to date. It is an unforgiving, but naturally exciting and expressive medium, with light-refracting properties that give it a unique dynamic. Haziza has spent years finding new ways to use color, metal powders and sculpting techniques to bring out the inner fire of acrylic and breathe life and emotion into every piece he makes.
As entrepreneurial as he is creative, Shlomi Haziza is always looking for the new. His spirit translates directly into his work, which ranges from high-end sophistication to delightful whimsy. Whatever the medium, his work is always inventive, always exciting, always beautiful.