Ron Zeno, an orphan born in Munich, Germany in 1953; was adopted by Edgar Zeno, a soldier in the United States Navy and His wife Evelyn, who brought their new son to the States at age two. Early years were spent in New York and Louisiana; however, in 1958 the Zeno family settled in California where Ron currently resides.
Ron Zeno had always had an interest in art, but never had any formal training. In an attempt to pursue his desire to do something in the art industry, he decided to attend Los Angeles Trade Tech College following his graduation from Washington Preparatory High School. After only one semester, Ron left the Collage frustrated by the confines of the classroom and a teacher who measured Ron’s Zeno work as mediocre at best.
Ron Zeno then entered the workforce, doing countless jobs before settling on a career as a bus driver. Being a bus driver, Ron was left little time to explore his passion for art. However, it was during these busy days, in his many layover stops, between routes, which allowed him to explore his artistic talents. Being influenced by his mother, as a child he practiced drawing from comics, but with such a long time away from his passion, it was not until drawing from the back of his books of transfers and driver paperwork that his love for the art was rekindled. He no longer drew the heroes or villains from the comics, rather he now drew his fantasy themes which led him to create very imaginative castles and pyramids. But Ron did not stop there, He had the desire to bring his work off the page. In his yearning to create, Ron Zeno needed material. What could serve the purpose of bringing his 2 dimensional drawings into his 3 dimensional exploration?
Wanting material that would not be too expensive, he first thought of using foam core, a type of board used by some architects. Quickly realizing that the foam core would be very costly if he wanted to include very intricate detail in his works, Ron decided to attempt using the cardboard he had saved for recycling to do his models. From that idea, a world of beautiful cardboard creations spawned.
Ron gave his flat drawings of castle life by building his first model in 2006. Using mostly discarded pizza boxes and glue, Ron creates fully functional structures and machines like The Titanic, Eiffel Tower, Pyramids, Doll Houses and more, all built in stunning detail.
The dedicated energy and discipline to cut and paste all the intricate and exact moving parts of a replica of the Titanic, for example, cleverly highlights the energy to create the real thing.
With skills that are not diminished by his lack of training, Ron continues to fascinate those who watch him work, Whether it is watching him draw, keeping straight lines while usually using ink pens, or watching him build his exquisite cardboard creations without even recalling his grade school lessons on measuring; he delights the eye and captures true artistic prowess, He continues to create, taking several months to complete each piece, bringing to life his imagination as well as pictures from other media, never having traveled anywhere outside the United States to execute transformation of cardboard boxes into things of beauty.
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“WINDOWS TO YOUR SOUL”: THE ART OF KEVIN T. WILLIAMS
In his new series of paintings titled “Windows to Your Soul” , Kevin T. Williams mission is to bring joy, soul, color and empathy to the human condition that appears more gray, harsh and dangerously bleak than he remembered before. In his piece titled “GOD speaks to Marvin” the artist pays tribute to one of his musical heroes, a way of prayer in a canvas. It is also a prayer or a moment of clarity from the subject in the painting, Marvin Gaye. A specific point in time when a man is touched by a higher power, a source other than himself. When his spirit is open to the possibility of a higher presence.
Born in 1957 at the crest of the new “Rock & Roll” wave Kevin t. Williams entered a world on the brink of change. In Levenworth Kansas, a Catholic home for “wayward” Mothers was where he was delivered by a Priest & staff to his then 17 year old mother. In a pre-civil rights America, he was raised by his mother & grandparents in Topeka Kansas until his mother decided there was a better future for her and her 2 year old son in Los Angeles, California. Los Angeles provided a tough but richly diverse setting that would influence Williams’ craving for creativity and expression. And then came the civil rights movement.
This started his musical journey that currently spans 5 decades of American & World music. Singing and then later playing guitar with groups from the age of 13. The list includes The Bonedaddys, English Beat, Ben Harper, The Untouchables and many others — performing in over 35 countries.
The dream to paint was always in the back of Williams’ mind. Constantly drawing as a child, he dreamed that one day life would afford him the time & opportunity to start painting, even though he never had a formally trained background in art. In August, 2009 at age 51, Williams was growing a new family and tiring of the constant touring a rock and roll lifestyle required. He found the time and the courage to explore putting the visions of humanity, emotion, freedom and explosions of color in his head on to canvas.
Kevin’s clientele include Mosaic Entertainment, Sony Executive Studios, Dreamworks, Green Valley Dispensary and many more…
“I’m in love with the human form and faces. No two are really alike. If eyes are the windows to the soul I want the eyes in my paintings to be the windows to your soul as well.” -Kevin T. Williams
THE ARTWORK OF KEVIN T. WILLIAMS WILL BE ON DISPLAY AT THE CENTRAL AVENUE JAZZ FESTIVAL INSIDE THE ARTS PAVILION: Located on Central Avenue, between 42nd and 43rd streets, in front of the newly renovated historic Dunbar Hotel. SATURDAY & SUNDAY, JULY 25th AND 26th, 2015 FROM 11-7PM
NUMBER OF WORKS UNDER CONSIGNMENT: 8
FRAME SIZES: Various
Current presentation is under consignment to La Mancha Gallery in Los Angeles To inquire about any of the artworks or commission Kevin T. Williams for hire, please include your contact information or send us a note on the Contact Us page and a La Mancha Gallery representative will get back to you shortly. Curators and many of the artists are available for programming possibilities.
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