Time & Location
Nov 20, 9:30 AM – Dec 31, 9:30 AM
Kissimmee, 405 Buenaventura Blvd, Kissimmee, FL 34743, USA
About the Event
Emmanuel L. De Guzman, Jr., known as EJ, is a talented teen artist who has a passion for creating sculptures inspired by various cultures, particularly those with an ancient, indigenous, and elemental feel, primarily from Asian regions. His journey as an artist has been marked by significant achievements and a strong commitment to environmental sustainability.
EJ's artistic journey began in his childhood, where he enjoyed crafting his own toys from paper and cardboard materials, such as robots, action figures, and dinosaurs. His artistic talent was evident from a young age when he created an origami-inspired piece that was displayed at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, PA, when he was just eight years old.
At the age of 17, EJ's artistic prowess continued to shine as one of his sculptures was selected to be displayed at the Edison & Ford Winter Estate Museum in Ft. Myers, FL, as part of an exhibition promoting Art in Sustainable Conception. It was during this period that EJ began to realize the power of using recycled materials in his art, leading him to create pieces that champion environmental sustainability.
Each of EJ's sculptures is crafted from recycled paper-based items and is inspired by Japanese cultural masks. His work is a reflection of his belief that art imitates life, as his sculptures embody the individuality, transience, and unpredictable and fearful aspects of life. While each mask is unique, they share common features such as eerie smiles, horns, or sunken eyes, capturing the essence of these complex emotions.
EJ's artistic journey is a testament to his self-taught skills that continue to develop with dedication and passion. You can explore more of his artworks and learn about his creative process by visiting his Instagram page at EJs_PaperPulp_Art. EJ is excited to share his art with the world and continue his mission of promoting environmental sustainability through his unique creations.
Works by EJ de Guzman on display at the Buentaventura Lakes Library in Kissimmee from November 20 through December 31. For more information contact email@example.com.