Charles "Chazz" Miller is an internationally recognized mural artist / teacher. Born on June 14, 1963. Chazz studied painting at The Columbus College of Art and Design (1981-1986) and has been working as a muralist artist since, Chazz taught for the College for Creative Studies Community Arts Partnership Program, a program which serves Detroit area schools with after school art programs.
My artwork takes a satirical view of social, political and cultural issues. In my work, I deconstruct the psychology of subliminal suggestion, fairy tales, nursery rhymes, and religion, that make up our culture. Having explored a diverse range of subjects such as the civil rights movement, World Cup Soccer, Blues and world history. My work represents 50 years of visual experience, creating and developing those experiences into my life's work, has been shear joy and pain.
The focus of my art is to project my inner vision into the world, in the form of Public Ar, IE.(Large outdoor murals). Working closely with the community to create outdoor galleries that raise social and environmental aesthetic that touches the deepest psychic and personal experiences, of the community. My goal is to enable those involved to recognized the importance of creating positive human experiences, while creating art.
My influences are first and foremost everything I see, feel and experience, but I've always loved American illustration particularly work by Carl Owen's, Norman Rockwell and Robert Crumb. Muralist: Aaron Douglas, Diego Reveria. The Painters I admire are Salvador Daly, Edouard Manet, Pablo Picasso.
Chazz's paintings have been exhibited in art galleries throughout the world from the Bay Area to Brazil, Los Angeles to London and Mexico to Manhattan. Chazz's artwork has been featured in magazines, books and even on television. Chazz was profiled in both Detroit News and The Detroit Free Press (May, 2010). In March, 2010, Chazz was commissioned by United Way to create a hand painted mural during the Early Childhood Summit which they hosted at Marygrove College. He has also been featured in The Detroiter Magazine (2008). His work was part of World Cup Soccer Tour, an exhibition of international sports media (1994). Chazz's hand-painted murals, portraits and t-shirts have been collected by wide diverse groups and collectors.
In addition to working as an artist/teacher, Chazz is the founder of Public Art Workz! (P.A.W.Z.) to share and teach his passion and dedication to making art. The main mission and purpose of P.A.W.Z. is to raise awareness concerning the importance of teaching our community about the value of art, and educating the young people who create it. This is all done while beautifying the community creating a catalyst for change. P.A.W.Z. Organization was recently awarded grants from United Way and Community+Public Art: Detroit in support of his continued commitment to community beautification and art education.
Murals are a way of connecting neighborhoods mentally,"community pride", physically" fresh air and sunshine", spiritually"Sense of being connected to a community".