Today we’d like to introduce you to Chaz Guest.
Chaz, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
On retiring from the sport of gymnastics and graduating from S.C.S.U. in New Haven, I threw myself into New York City to attend F.I T. in 1986. I did s very short stint there for nine months before I headed to Paris France on a one way ticket. Soon I landed a job as a fashion illustrator that then lead me to Christian LaCroix who encouraged my painting career. After doing a cover for the fashion haute cutour magazine JOYCE PARIS, I then used that money to get myself back to NYC. That year 1987, I began to frequent museums and galleries, learning how to paint. I was represented by a gallery in soho in 1993 and began supporting myself fully. In 1997, I moved to Los Angeles to help raise my first son. Finding representation and painting day and night.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I found that the more creative I am in thinking of things to accomplish is the way that I am able to go forward. Some ideas work and some do not. The more you reach out and cast your net, the more opportunities come your way. I decided not to use my time trying each day to be a part of the art establishment. I thought that the work would have to speak for itself. If I just painted from my heart, my roads would be easier.
Please tell us more about your art.
I’m proud to be able to paint each day. If I’m not painting physically, I’m thinking about it. I’m proud that I get to express whats my mind, my heart and my soul. Putting it on canvas and having others be moved by it.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Trusting myself and not having any competition but myself. It’s important to have your own style, your own voice. I’ve achieved that.
- My works are in the range of 5k to 120k
- Website: www.chazguest.com
Photo Matthew Jordan Smith