LINZA

 

Biography

 

 

"I am intrigued by the geological formations of the world and seek to reproduce them in two dimensions," explains the self-taught, widely collected artist who signs her conventional and inspiring paintings Linza.  
 
Born in Niagara Falls, New York, to a large and creative Italian-American and French-Canadian family, Linza started drawing and painting in the second grade when her family moved to Arizona. Inspired by the creativity of her family (her grandfather was a self-taught oil painter; many of the men in her family were photographers and the women expressed themselves through embroidery, crochet, quilting and painting) Linza continued exploring the arts into college, studying at Mesa Community College and The Colorado Institute of the Arts and obtaining an Associate’s degree in both Fine Art and in Design. During college, the artist began doing expressionistic architectural oil paintings of local buildings in the Phoenix and metropolitan Denver areas. Eventually, a passion for rock climbing and travel inspired her to re-create two-dimensional versions of the geological formations she saw in nature using her paint brush. 
 
Today, Linza is known for her reverse technique of painting on clear acrylic, interchanging layers of mineral hues and metallic. The metal work that accompanies many of her pieces is done by a local Arizona artisan, and wenge wood (a fast-growing dark African hardwood) is also used to create a way of displaying her work that adds to the organic quality of her paintings. 
 
The artist explains her passion simply, saying: "I am equally at home rendering fine detail through still life as I am in exploring paint textures and colors in abstract paintings. I take inspiration from handling different tools and materials. My intent is to create artwork that works well within custom designed commercial and residential environments."  
Linza’s celebrated works of art are enjoyed by collectors across the United States. Her paintings add a calming sense of structural unity to any urban space.