Some say that artists are born; others, that they are made. Elizabeth Lazo’s life path seems to support both troupes.
Born in Cuba, Elizabeth migrated with her family at age five to Miami in 1967. A powerful trigger and turning point came at age six when her godmother, Maggie, gave her a large set of watercolors, igniting a passion for art that grew continuously through the years. As she describes it, “When I picked up that paintbrush, I just could not let go. That year, in 2nd Grade, I won a blue ribbon in an art contest.” This early recognition fueled her passion, and Lazo asserts, “For years in school, I never stopped using my paintbrush, and took every art class available.”
Graduating high school at 16, Elizabeth Lazo then attended Miami Dade College in 1979 studying Art Education. Soon thereafter, she met her husband JC, had a daughter, Jecely, and found herself working in the Financial Services Industry. Despite the somewhat opposite career path, Lazo continued to focus on her art throughout, doing private commission pieces, designing jewelry (published in Jewelry Affaire) and participating in art shows. Currently working for UBS Financial Services, serendipitously, her company avidly supports the arts, including Miami’s legendary Art Basel.
In December 2018, Elizabeth Lazo accepted her sister’s invitation to attend Red Dot Miami, a modern contemporary art experience happening during December’s Miami Art Week, concurrent with Art Basel. What was originally a chance to view their friend’s sculpture exhibit synchronistically led Lazo to her first big break as an artist: she instantly “felt I was in my element,” and her sister encouraged her with, “You belong here.” Buoyed by the positive feedback, Lazo submitted her recent works and applied to be in the next show.
Two weeks later, she was notified she’d been accepted, and Lazo’s extraordinarily vibrant, colorful, striking art pieces will take their place as an exhibited collection at Red Dot Miami 2019.
Elizabeth now stated, “With the support of my family, my community and my agent, Strong Gold Artists, I am able to follow my dreams with confidence and ease and see my future full of adventure and opportunity.”
Daphne Parker and Basti Gonzales are the owners of Strong Gold Artists Gallery. Although coming from diverse backgrounds with experience ranging from Business ownership to Community Redevelopment their passion for the Arts formed the basis for SGA Gallery.
Their eye for collecting Art, Photography and Antiques over many years shows through in the quality of the Artists they represent.
Their tireless efforts create opportunities for Artists by placing their work in like-minded arenas. By supporting their strengths and beauty, Strong Gold Artists Gallery encourages each Artist to demonstrate their unique talents through Individual artistic expression.
Don’t miss the opportunity to meet the artist “Lazo”. Her extraordinary talent using colors and shadows creates a visual experience in depth and texture. By using her unique personal techniques, “Lazo” recycles domestic and international textiles and metals in creating one of a kind designs.