Over the course of the past 3 years, I have been lucky enough to spend my days painting, writing, and exploring the Miami art scene. Living in Miami from 2011-2014 provided almost endless opportunities to meet some amazingly colorful characters in the art community.
An astute observer quickly realizes that there are both the genuine creative minds who toil endlessly perfecting their craft and letting their inspiration run wild, while there are a growing number of “Anyone can do this, it’s easy, just get into as many Art Basel shows as you can until people fall for you” type of artists. Knowing this, and having experienced some beautifully amazing people on both sides of the equation, I have always cherished knowing this phenomenal woman, and artist.
Yuzly Mathurin embodies all that is truly genuine and whole about the creative process. She is in very select company, most of whom are, or will also be featured on articentric. Yuzly combines an extensive knowledge and passion for composition, color theory, and whimsical imagination in both her makeup art, and her fine art.
Given the chance to meet her, you will realize almost immediately her “realness”, you get a sense of belonging, like you’ve known each other for years, if only for 2 minutes. Her creativity is limited only by the restricted number of hours in a lifetime. She is “forever evolving” and her portfolio will only continue to amaze. If you haven’t experienced her art, do so, very soon. In short time, she will most certainly be on the lists of major collectors in the art world, and her expression will be in the hearts of all who are lucky enough to experience her work.
Without further adieu, ladies and gentlemen…
Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to talk with us Yuzly. Talk a little bit about your path, how you came to realize your talent, and how you decided to make it your profession.
Great question, when I was 18 I had a mentor Mrs. Dorinda. She saw the potential in me before I even thought of seriously thinking about becoming an artist. Before then my 2nd mother Malerie always encouraged me to create. Dorinda invited me to do my first art exhibit. It was the empowerment art auction. I created this abstract piece called Vision Within Us, it was an abstract self portrait painted in hues of blue, my favorite color. I wasn’t expecting to sell anything but it was such a hit I ended up creating more than 8 originals of that particular painting. Before then I remember my mom Malerie went to my high school to go in on my teacher not to discourage me from my art or even messing up my art. Lol, I will never forget both of those moments. It was then that I realized I had something unique.
You’re not only a fine artist, you’re also an extremely talented makeup artist. Can you talk about your experience with makeup and how that compliments your artistic style, or how it might be different?
Yes, makeup and painting. They both come hand and hand together, I bet any artist can create a beautiful work of art on a face once they’ve mastered their tools. Being an artist, since the age of 5 has allowed me to be successful as a makeup artist. My makeup style is very similar to my painting style, simple, chic, & full of color. Knowing how to paint and understanding color theory has given me the key ingredients needed to create a look of beauty. With makeup you have to understand color, texture & placement. Makeup definitely goes hand and hand with painting. I love creating editorial beauty looks with a bit of an artistic twist. It’s like a graffiti artist going into the gallery world of art. It’s the perfect synergy.
Regarding your process, do you have a specific method you follow? Do you think about what you are going to paint, or do you just let the inspiration flow? Talk a bit too about how your style has developed over the years?
My painting process depends on my mood and what inspires me. If I’m really inspired I can finish a piece within a few hours or within the week. I paint on impulse; It’s the best way to get the energy out that I want to convey. I always think about what I will create, and from there I let the fun begin and paint with the flow. But if I’m working on a particular project, like I am now, its been a few years of research to feed my mind with the knowledge and check out exhibits that will inspire my creative flow.
Wow my style has evolved so much over the years. I started my art career with drawing. I wanted to master black and white pencil drawings. At 16 I got into painting, and it took a good 10 years to figure out my style which is forever evolving. I stared out creating abstract pieces, then I got more into realism with a modern twist. Now I’ve found the perfect marriage of realism & abstract. If you look at my timeline, every year I became a stronger artist. I’m always connecting with artists from all over, sharing ideas and techniques.
Talk about some experiences you’ve had with your shows, what excites you the most, what are some interesting experiences you’ve had?
What excites me the most are the expressions I get from people. Being able to see their expression is priceless and when someone tells me how a painting has inspired them, it’s the best part of a show. The most exciting part of my career was when I had a chance to display my art in DUMBO(Brooklyn) New York. “Wow!” I said to myself, just being able to say I had a showing in one of the art capitals of the world was just an amazing experience and accomplishment.
Can you recall and would you talk about your most recent burst of inspiration? Did it come at an unusual place or time? Do you ever put yourself in a particular situation/environment to try and attract ideas or inspiration?
My most recent burst of inspiration was a few days ago actually. I’ve recently moved to South Carolina and the landscape here and the look of fall is breathtaking. I remember driving and stopping in the middle of the road to take a picture of the beautiful sunrise and colors of the sky. I thought to myself, gods art is amazing.
What do you hope that the audience takes away from their time spent viewing your art? What made you smile at your last exhibit? What made you gasp/cringe/retort/etc.?
I want the audience to take away a message. Going forward, much of my art will be based on progression towards oneness and showing what people are afraid to speak of. What made me smile at my last exhibit were my friends that came out to support me.
Is there one artist/creative talent present or past, that you would love to spend a day with in their studio? Who and Why?
Yes two artists actually.
The first one is Chor Boogie, his work is insane, the amount of talent he has is out of this world. I met him a few times while he was creating a mural in Wynwood(Miami) during Art Basel. This guy is very humble and can create pretty much anything from his imagination. That alone is priceless.
The next artist I would love to spend a day with is Marthalicia Matarrita. She’s a friend of mine but I remember spending a little bit of time with her during Art Basel in Miami. I have never in my life met someone who’s a mother and artist who eats, sleeps and breathes art. Man, when I tell you the passion and love that she gives to everyone just makes you wanna be a better you and artist. Marthalicia is another freestyle artist & muralist. When you can breathe art, your work will be endless and always inspiring.
What is the best way to find out where you will be exhibiting next (Website, Facebook, etc.)
Thank you very much for spending some time with us and allowing us to get to know you a little bit more, as well as your curiosities and your inspiration. We look forward to following your journey and seeing more fantastic work. All the best in the future, and we will definitely be seeing more of your fantastic art on articentric. Cheers!
Photo Credits: Main Artist Portrait by Rod Deal (www.roddeal.com); all other images supplied by artist and may not be copied or reproduced without her explicit permission.