Virtual Mosaic Workshop with Artist J Muzacz. Pick up a pixel art mosaic kit with everything you will need to make your own ($15/each, includes 4-5 in. base, assorted 8mm glass tiles, and Weldbond adhesive.) Pick up your mosaic kits on Sat. Nov. 14 from 11a-6p at Something Cool Studios, 1717 E. Cesar Chavez St. then tune in on Sunday.
1717 East Cesar Chavez St
2400 E Cesar Chavez
888 Nile St
Boggy Creek Greenbelt
J Muzacz is a mural painter, mosaic maker and public artist, alongside working as a community art advocate and educator. Originally from Houston, a graduate of the University of Texas with a degree in Sociology, Muzacz has since travelled extensively and lived abroad painting numerous large-scale murals in places as far reaching as Taiwan, New Zealand and Okinawa, Japan.
He is also co-founder of The Mosaic Workshop, an artist collective studio space at Something Cool Studios in East Austin where he teaches the process of public art from concept to completion through hands-on mosaic and mural painting projects of monumental scale. In the studio, Muzacz' brightly stylized stained-glass painting work and pixelated pop art mosaic pieces are inspired by his roots as a street artist.
Most recently, Muzacz is crafting extremely detailed pixel art mosaic spray can pieces which speak from authenticity about the tools of the trade, reimagining vintage paint brands such as Red Devil, Dutch Boy and Sparvar through to modern art paints such as Montana Gold, Kobra, Rustoleum, Krylon and Evolve in an unique and iconic new series.
Contact for sales, mural inquiries, commissions, or workshops through the artist website at https://jmuzacz.com
I am increasingly interested in creating landmark installations that transform a space, whether through painted murals, glass, lighting, textiles, mosaic art or any combination of these. I collaborate with designers and architects to maximize impact in public art pieces, ensuring the work fits the space, eventually becoming indispensable and timeless. Much of my artistic career to this point has evolved naturally out of travel, collaborations with foreign artists and diverse communities, while also propelled by my own undying curiosity about the possibility inherent in new and repurposed materials alongside innovative processes and ancient techniques.
The fragmented nature of my work rebels against the prolificity and perfection of factory artists of today. I want to remain challenged by the scale and process in my work, with hands on the process, so that excitement, that newness and passion is ever-present and distilled within the works. Increasingly I also aim to use my platform to elevate themes such as gender and cultural equality and environmental stewardship to the forefront, emblazoning in new monumental works the relentless and inspiring figures that have surmounted the odds and still achieved greatness, lived examples who are setting the bar high for our ever-diverse and changing world.
The stained-glass or mosaic aesthetic present in my work over the last five years has evolved into working with more robust and permanent materials such as ceramic tile and glass in murals. Without trying to recreate Byzantine influence, I instead endeavor to make something fresh and new out of an ancient process. The permanence of mosaic, as well as the material nuances available via textures, transparency and various sheens is weighty, glamorous and offers a depth unrivaled by paint, regardless of the subject being depicted. In my studio work, I aim to conjure the same energy of spontaneity present in the street, complete with textures, layers and complex modes of communication, adapting my designs for textiles, mosaic, neon lighting and more.
Discover more artists