Cyril S. Maza

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Artist Website

Social Media and Other Work Samples

Creating Disciplines and Mediums

  • Acrylic paint
  • Pencil

Bio

Cyril Maza is a self-taught artist and an engineer. He has a natural passion to build and to create, and is very much fascinated by activities where ingenuity, imagination, and creativity come into play. His childhood hobbies included drawing, playing mandolin, and solving puzzle games.

He also liked to play with common household items, such as paper/cardboard boxes, glass/plastic bottles, wooden blocks, and even books. He would lay them all out on the floor forming a pattern that resembles a city, complete with buildings, roads, and parks. He would be so engulfed in his own little “world,” designing and building his own “city,” that you could leave him all alone, playing quietly by himself (or sometimes with his siblings) for many hours. His passion for building/creating and his fascination of the physical sciences led him into pursuing a degree in civil engineering. He received his BSCE degree from the University of the Philippines.

Engineering work brought him to Houston in 2006. He started painting in 2008. He joined Fine Art America in 2012. Since then, he has sold several art works and has participated in different art shows in Houston. He has also done commissioned works for clients around Houston.

Artist Statement

My work is inspired by the work of God more than anything else. In the beginning, God said, “let there be light”, and then there was light. God is the master of chiaroscuro. He created light and shadow, and all the colors that we see around us. He created the blue sky, the green trees, the red roses, and the colors of sunset and dawn; just to name a few. He created all the beautiful things that we see around us. For that, I consider him the greatest artist of all time. My quest is to capture the beauty of God’s creation, not just its natural features, but its colors, and the effects of light and shadow.

For me, creating art is a journey towards perfection. It’s a never-ending learning process. I started as a naïve self-taught artist, but my style continues to evolve. I continue to develop my skills, discovering new styles and techniques as I paint more and more. Still, my works are far from being perfect. For this very reason, I must continue. Every step I make in this journey, no matter how small, is a step towards God; for there is nothing perfect but God.