Win This Piece by R!ch Cihlar

13 Jun

Win this piece, an original mixed media skateboard painting by R!ch Cihlar at our What’s Cooking Garden Party and Food Fest on June 14th. To purchase tickets to the event, please click here.

R!ch Cihlar - R2D2 Pez Board, original mixed media

R!ch Cihlar – R2D2 Pez Board, original mixed media

To read or learn more about R!ch Cihlar please click here.

My name is R!ch, yes with an “!”. I love creating art and the process of making it. I don’t want to be deemed just a “mixed media” artist, but that’s where most of my interest and passion radiates. Although you’ll see me work in just about any material (ceramics, painting, printmaking, etc…) I guess if you had to label me under a type of art, it would be mixed media and found objects.
I like working backwards with a piece, or starting with an object that has already had a former life. When I say working backwards, it usually refers to a set size. I sometimes have frames and I work from the size of the frame and format it to my work to save on costs. As for found objects, I pick up “garbage” all the time. I think most items, if thought out, can successfully be reused in art or design. Sometimes the object suggests a layout, color pattern, or concept and I just run with it. Sometimes the meaning of the piece doesn’t hit me until I finish it and review it as a whole.
Inspiration is everywhere. People inspire me, mostly my friends, family, and my Cleveland surroundings. Architecture, fashion, and home décor also top my lists for finding inspiration. My influences are vast including but not limited to: pop, surreal, traditional, contemporary, and abstract. If you can put “art” after the word, I probably like it. Although I appreciate all forms of art, I only really focus on creating contemporary and pop art.
My current body of work revolves around the candy “Pez”. I’ve been using found object like skateboards and record albums and painting Pez dispensers on them in a contemporary stenciling application. This body of work has begun to help me focus on color concepts, larger bodies of works, time constraints, and many other avenues of a living artist.
A final note to anyone reading this, I’d like to say art isn’t just for “wealthy” people. If you like art, you too can own it and hang it in your home. It makes great gifts, and always appreciates in value (whether it be sentimental or monetary value). So start buying it. If you can’t afford anything, that’s fine too. Just show your support and check out a local gallery, show, or event. They’re usually free events, lots of cool people, and most have free beer and wine! Art collections can begin with small pieces, or prints which are usually very affordable, and before you know it you’ll have many conversation pieces in your home.

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