Today we’d like to introduce you to Aleza Zheng.
Hi Aleza, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I moved to Canada when I was young. As a non-native English speaker, I ran up communication barriers in the first few years of elementary school. I wanted to stand out, so I learned to do it through a medium that didn’t require a common language to understand–art.
Creativity became my go-to solution for my problems at a young age. I would hand in a painting to complement my essay, and a nicely drawn apology note if I got into trouble, and throughout the years I realized that people like looking at beautiful things. I guess I’m an artist.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
I’ve had doubts, yes. But I just keep on trying. Maybe it’s stupid, maybe it’s faith.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I like to paint surreal and vibrant rooms set up like a film set. I’m trying to subtly tell a story about people who live in these rooms by things left behind and small details. That’s what I’m interested in when I see people. I’m interested in what they don’t tell me, the secrets they might have, and what is revealed through small gestures. Maybe I’m not an accurate person-reader, but I do like to muse.
My work in art direction follows the same philosophy. I’m trying to capture something very specific, but that everyone can relate to. Advertising is like meme-making.
What do you like best about our city? What do you like least?
Pasadena still has an old-timey feel which is really beautiful at night, especially along the Colorado Bridge. I heard they had to put up fences because people kept on jumping off it. Real bummer.