AMERICAN MASTER PAINTER AND SCULPTOR
“With my paintings, I saw what I dreamed, and the pigment ran. For my sculptures, I foresee them better with my eyes closed… as they evolve with clarity.”
The painting and sculpture of Larry “Renzo” Lewis expresses the universal bond of humanity and the connection to each other contemporaneously. It explores both the qualities that unify humanity with itself and the qualities that distinguish humanity from that which surrounds it. Renzo’s works are a window to the lucid realities of life, a starting point for perceptual interpretation, and a sharing of the dreamlike cross cultural connection of beings to their world. His work is often interpreted as philosophical translations of his dreams, replete with symbolic layers of meaning, which are present in his paintings, waiting to be experienced.
Renzo incorporates pictographic symbols into many of his works in order to enhance the communicative aspects of the composition, add an architectural element, and purposely leave his paintings and sculptures open to interpretation. Stone is used as a metaphor for the commonality of emotion and experiential existence throughout human history; ropes and other bindings convey the connections of culture and history that we share; ravens express the elusive, instinctual guidance of our heritage and the shared human experience. Pictographs and symbols have been important forms of communication since the beginning of man’s recorded history, and Renzo has found many cross-cultural similarities in his research with those used by the ancients in Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia, and the Americas.
Among the distinguished collections in which the works of Renzo can be found:
• Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, U.S.
• de Young Museum in San Francisco, U.S.
• Coral Spring Museum in Coral Springs, U.S.
• Public sculptural placement in Antioch, U.S.
• Public sculptural placement in Concord, U.S.
• Private placement at Orion Pictures in Los Angeles, U.S.
• Private placement at Twentieth Century Fox in Los Angeles, U.S.
• Private collection of Lenny Kravitz