We’re working on a new Club of the Waves, coming later in 2017. Learn more

Rob Kaz

Surf Artist

See all features in North America
Rob Kaz

Celebration, Florida

Potent colors and engaging light are vessels I hope will bring you into the atmosphere of my paintings and leave your spirit wanting to stay. Quite simply, I want you to long to be in the painting, to take comfort and smile with a sense of whimsy, a sentiment in my paintings that can be contributed to my influential background in professional studio animation and video game art.

I approach each painting with a conscious sense of balance between earth and water - most of my paintings have water even if its existence is only implied. I find natural beauty and a soothing logic in water that meets land that I hope relates as emotions found in the viewer, even if not parallel to my own.

The signature is always the most complicated part of any painting because I find it extremely difficult to ever call a painting complete. But if you view my painting and find yourself there leaned against a palm on the shore while your mind authors a light rain or a curious butterfly taking flight before you, then I suppose a painting is never quite complete.

Currently…

I admit that, ironically enough, the economy ultimately led to my serious pursuit of a career in painting. After being laid off from an animation studio shortly before its close, I took a short break to reflect on where I was in my life and career and where I wanted to be. I knew I wanted to paint professionally, but the fear of being a starving artist took me to Electronic Arts Tiburon (EA).

Now, I balance two careers. For about six months out of the year, I am a video game artist at EA. For the rest of the year, I am an oil painter putting my visions on canvas.

At EA, I work on sports games including Madden and NCAA. For Madden, I have created the faces of Brett Farve, Tom Brady, Champ Bailey, Donovan McNabb and many other top name players. For NCAA, I have worked on the uniforms and mascots for many other college teams. For both games, I created the arm and leg skin and its movement for team players, a result that proved worthy enough of becoming the standard for other EA games, too.

The artwork I put on canvas is vastly different from the artwork I produce for EA. Rather than focus on the likeness of another, I allow my mind's eye to imagine. I imagine places I'd rather be and I imagine friends along the way. Those two categories, 1) Places I'd Rather Be and 2) Friends Along the Way, occurred naturally as I began building a body of work. In most cases, my paintings easily fall into one or the other (and sometimes both).

Follow Rob on Twitter (@robkazart)

Our e-newsletter…

To receive our free e-newsletter, please enter your email address below and we'll keep you updated on new features, artists and photographers…