ABOUT

profile straight color closeup dolores wall JM20J Muzacz is from Houston, Texas and is currently based in Austin. Graduating with a degree in Sociology from the University of Texas, Muzacz has a keen eye on community dynamics developing cultural relevance in his public and studio artworks.

11005078_1540306066222649_1076119733_aSince 2004, the artist has worked internationally, painting murals and showing in South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand to name just a few. Through this rigorous work/travel lifestyle, the artist has amassed an impressive portfolio of large-scale walls and commissions for numerous businesses, residences and high-profile spaces in the public sector. Muzacz is now focused on his notable “digital impressionist” glass mosaic studio Pop Art works and color fields, alongside designing dynamic site-specific permanent installations for a diversity of clients and spaces.

In 2013, Muzacz published a book while living on Ishigaki Island in Okinawa. Life Is Sweet: The Story of a Sugarcane Field is a 60-page, full-color, bilingual (English & Japanese) children’s story teaching the appreciation of nature and the value of a hard day’s work. Muzacz’s 432-page debut, JAPAN 365: A Drawing-A-Day Project (2012) which includes 365 ball pen drawings completed in 2011, is also available in print and for sale online.

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Students from the Mexican American Cultural Center program Caminos, a LatinX teen internship, help mentor artist J. Muzacz at the opening reception of his solo exhibition Stained Slabs and car show at the Dougherty Arts Center, summer 2018.

Muzacz has taught Urban Painting and Street Art through the City of Austin sponsored Totally Cool Totally Art program. He has also mentored the Caminos creative interns at the Mexican American Cultural Center, and he has been developing and implementing unique art curriculum for Skybridge Academy in Dripping Springs.

In personal work, Muzacz is creating exciting series in glass tile mosaic, as well as experimenting with various mixed media including neon and LED lighting, acrylic and MDF sculptural works and relief, stained glass style painting and other permanent installation processes.

Recent notable shows include The People’s Gallery 2018-2020 at Austin City Hall,  Art on 5th 2019 Contemporary Texas Exhibition, and a ground-breaking large-scale solo exhibition titled “Stained Slabs” at the Dougherty Arts Center. Read the Austin Chronicle review here. He was also the 41st Annual Pecan Street Festival featured artist.

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Front facade of the Dougherty Arts Center including mural art by J. Muzacz, 2016.

In 2019, Muzacz unveiled his anticipated pixel art glass mosaic, a 300 sq. ft permanent public art commission for the Georgetown Municipal Courthouse. The piece consists of 53,940 individually hand-placed glass tiles, depicting an impressionistic view of the well-known local landscape of Lake Georgetown as seen from the Jim Hogg Campground. He has since gone on to create and install numerous community murals and private commissions in this incredibly detailed, pixelated glass aesthetic for commercial properties and public spaces.

Alongside his personal commissions, Muzacz also gives back to the community by way of free and low-cost mosaic and public art workshops from his studio space at Something Cool Studios. He and co-founder Carmen Rangel hosted a 12-week Mosaic Workshop series, culminating in an impressive new landmark mosaic mural of the famous East Austin legend blues pianist Roosevelt “Grey Ghost” Williams. Read more about the Grey Ghost mural here.

El Arbol glass mosaic mural installed in the lobby of the Georgetown Municipal Courthouse, 13x21ft 2019 by J Muzacz

El Arbol glass mosaic mural installed in the lobby of the Georgetown Municipal Courthouse, 13x21ft 2019 by J Muzacz

Andy Sharp photography, for the Wilco Sun Georgetown Newspaper, taken of the Artist J. Muzacz in front of his "El Arbol" glass mosaic mural at the opening ceremony, in the lobby of the new municipal courthouse.

Andy Sharp photography, for the Wilco Sun Georgetown Newspaper, taken of the Artist J. Muzacz in front of his “El Arbol” glass mosaic mural at the opening ceremony, in the lobby of the new municipal courthouse

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