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Carmen Menza

214.536.6011 | Highland Village, TX
www.carmenmenza.com | carmen@carmenmenza.com

With an emphasis on gestural abstraction, Carmen Menza's original works of art capture life's fleeting moments in bold, rich colors and texture. Working in oils and encaustics she employs layer after layer of paint to produce abstract expressionistic art that is a riot of texture and color.

“My goal in creating is to strike an emotional chord on canvas. Like a piece of jazz music, my painting is an improvised art form and has an open-ended architecture that also relies upon the viewer's interpretation. I recognize that each person will bring a part of their own life experience and interpret a piece differently than the person standing next to them. The tension and release of positive and negative space, the consonance of colors that push and pull, and reaching on a visceral level to make something that speaks is what I attempt in my art; to create a piece that touches something deeper in us, be it spiritual or emotional.”

She shows her work in group and solo exhibitions, and her pieces are held in private collections throughout North America. In addition to being a visual artist, Carmen also received her BFA in jazz guitar performance from the University of North Texas and is a songwriter, musician and performer. When Carmen isn't painting you can find her improvising with her all original pop rock band, www.americansongspace.com/carmenmenza.