Michal Karmazon

Allo, my name is Michal Karmazon, and I'm a painter and draftsman living in California. I drew a lot when I was a kid, but then stopped and tried my hand at thousands of creative endeavors, to finally end up back where I started in 2009. Now it has become my life's mission.

My artwork is about people. I love the human form, whether it's portraits or figures. I want to show the beauty of it, as well as convey certain messages. Until recently I've worked only with graphite and charcoal, but have recently switched to paints.

An illustration for a band out of Orange County, California.

"It is easier to see, evil as entity"
An evil form is raised up on pillars. Humans tend to anthropomorphize evil. I think the concept of the Devil is wrong, because it allows people to blame something else for the evil they do.

"Girls just wanna have fun"
Sometimes men seem to forget women are sexual beings too. A lot of women's pleasure comes from the emotional attachment, but there are times girls' lives where they simply want a good time, with no strings attached.

"High level of addiction"

The title comes from my saying, that love is just a name we give to a high level of addiction. And some men's addiction rivals the hardest drugs, eventually leading to their downfall, as symbolized by the skull the woman is standing on.

A piece I simply did for fun. The patterned background was very fun to do, because it put me in a trance. I think in every artist's life there's always the choice of either having fun with his work or changing the world with it.

"Look into my eyes"
People today interact in real life less and less. As a result, especially the young, don't have the same rules and customs as our forefathers did. One of those customs was eye contact, a very personal and intimate action. Here the figure compels you to look at the eyes - the point of highest contrast.

"Pleasure of leisure"
For a lot of people leisure seems to be almost a holy object. Thank God it's Friday is the most popular prayer across the western world. But too much of it ends in a silent grief. A person's life would be more fulfilling if their filled the leisure time with meaningful work.

Contact Michal Karmazon

I accept commissions for illustrations and portraits.
Write to me at michal@michalkarmazon.com.
See my artwork at www.michalkarmazon.com.

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