Happy Pessach

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Uriel Portrait 1991

Hag Sameach, Happy Pessach!

These days we celebrate Pessach, one of the most important events in Jewish belief. It started last week Friday evening with a big Dinner, celebrating the end of slavery from the Egyptians, leaving the Egyptian country towards Israel and the long march through the desert.

The first evening, “Seder” is a big event with a Dinner, that starts with reading the Haggadah, the story about slavery in Egypt and leaving to the promised land. This is symbolized by different little plates of food, the Seder plate. We eat bitter herbs – symbolizes the bitter times of slavery, Seroa, a bit of lamb meat on a bone, for the sacrifice and marking the Jewish houses with the lambs blood to show the angels of god, which houses have to be exempted from killing the first born child and animal, charosset – a mixture from apple nuts, wine and cinnamon, worked together to symbolize the clay, the Jews had to produce in Egypt, Karpas – celery or radish for the grueling work in Egypt, and beitzah, a cooked egg to show fragility of human fates and the sadness about the destroyed temple in Jerusalem.

All paintings by Artist, Uriel Cazes, designed for art windows

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Uriel Cazes of Ibiza, Spain

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Art & Lifestyle: The Jewish New Year

Rosh ha Shana  –  ראש שנה

 Art & Lifestyle: The Jewish New Year – Rosh ha Shana

This year the Jews in the world celebrated Rosh ha Shana on the 14th of September, which means that hopefully all, have had a great celebration dinner on 13th evening after sundown.

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New year started on that day and it was a celebration time for 10 days, ending with the Yom Kippur, the day of reconciliation. In the Jewish tradition this is the day of the creation of the world and its the birthday of Adam. So it is a joyful celebration, the time to think back about the actions and behavior in the past year and to justify before god.

This comes with a couple of symbolic things like blowing the Shofar, to open heaven, lighting candles, certain things to eat and throwing stones and breadcrumbs into the water as a symbol of striping off the sins, to start fresh and clean into the new year.

 

We eat honey cake, slices of apples dipped in honey, Zimmes (carrots cooked sweet) to have a sweet new year. Also its common to eat a piece of the head of fish or lamb to express the wish to become the head and not the tail. Not to forget the pomegranate which means the wish to multiply our rights like Pomegranates.

So its a very happy celebration with a lot of thoughts about the future and remembering of the lives of our ancestors.

Happy New Year –

שנה טובה

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Uriel Cazes New Years Evening

 

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Uriel Cazes Pomegranates 2015

 

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Uriel Cazes Klezmer, 2015

 

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Uriel Cazes Shana tova

 

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Uriel Cazes Prayer for new year

 

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Uriel Cazes Exchange of thoughts,2015 (on the way to the Synagog Yom Kippur)

 

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Uriel Cazes Paintings Document the 12 Tribes

In all respect and appreciation of the Jewish religion we are proud to present, once again, Uriel Cazes of Ibiza Spain. We introduced Uriel in our last issue of Home & Realty Magazine with his beautiful religious paintings. The unique value Uriel’s work brings to his audience is the religious significance of each and every hand painted canvas, from this most talented artist.

Uriel has established a prominent brand in Europe especially in Germany, where he makes his residence. The name of Cazes is a household name in Ibiza Spain, where the renowned artist works in his studio. Uriel sells his signed pieces of Jewish history to some of the most affluent clients in the world who enjoy the island of Ibiza regularly. Uriel now looks to expand his historical religious paintings into the homes of some of his new found American followers. How would a hand signed Cazes painting look showcased in your home?

 

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This is the 2nd part about my cycle “documents – the 12 tribes” that I painted in 2014 and was shown first time at ArtPalmBeach in Miami, FL January 2015.

Jacob, Abrahams grandson, is the father of 12 sons that were called the tribes of Israel. He also received the name “Israel” which can be translated as warrior of god. The families of the 12 sons of Jacob received several parts of around Kanaan, including parts of nowadays Israel, Jordan and Negev.Though they didn’t have a common leader they worked together in culture and belief in god. They did trade with food and goods and built army’s, whenever it was necessary to do as a confederation. Later on they turned into a monarchy under pressure of surrounding tribes like the Phillisters. Well known kings are Saul and David.

To me the story of the 12 tribes is a very important part of Jewish history and the history of Israel. That’s why I decided to create these documents of history in 12 paintings.
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Love, without the Desire to Possess

Being given the opportunity to write a monthly column for Home & Realty magazine has been quite a blessing in disguise. Each month I have to come up with an interesting topic to write about, and at first I made the effort to tie my writing into the idea of Real Estate and Homes, as this is of course Home & Realty Magazine, but soon the inspiration was waning and as I began to feel boxed in I almost gave up on my column. I talked it through with the editor Bruce Bryant and we decided that I had enough to say and enough of a voice to speak from so that I could just write about whatever I wanted. The freedom was frightening. But also enlightening. Now I find myself pondering a subject or a concept throughout the month leading up to the actual writing process, and then when I finally sit down to write, the words begin flowing from me just like a painting flows from my brush.  When the heart is open, the mind lets go, and the creative juices begin to erupt from within. This is when the best creation occurs, from the depths of the soul.

Recently I’ve been pondering the idea of the image of Buddha and the popularity of Buddhism in our world today and throughout history. It’s incredible to imagine that this sage has affected so many lives and cultures across the globe and still today remains popular in art, home decor, and throughout all realms of society. I knew I wanted to paint Buddha and feel his soul and the soul of his teachings.   As I my brush created the lovely pillows of his cheeks and mysterious and all knowing smile upon his lips I felt I would learn Buddha from within.  While searching for Buddha images I studied his teachings, watched documentaries about his life and existence, and spent hours searching google and pinterest for anything Buddha related. I began to find so many helpful words, concepts and teachings. I began to feel my heart was growing…as my studies continued I found I was stuck on one concept, his idea that “all that we have is this very moment”, and that “our possessions are meaningless compared to the power of our love”.

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For many years I’ve been obsessed with the idea of waste in society. Wastefulness in all its forms, food, trash, consideration, excess, addiction. I found the idea of the wasting of food to be something that kept me up at night. How could so many starve while so many others throughout the world waste food. How could we live in such dichotomy? For my column this month my focus turns to the waste of “things”. As Buddha would say, “There is no destination, there is only the quality of the moment.” In our quest for materialism and need for more, more, more, we stop living in this moment and loving in this moment and focus upon a world where “more” is better”.

Take a moment to go back in time with me….. Imagine if a caveman from around 300,000 years ago were to come upon a glass bottle with a plastic screw cap with the words “Voss” on it? To us it would only be a bottle of Voss Water, but just imagine the pure awe he might experience looking upon that bottle and seeing it as a kind of a god, the light sparkling across the glass creating prisms inside of his cave as the sun set, the cap of the bottle being used as the first rudimentary cup. He and is fellow cave dwellers might christen that glass bottle as a leader, might hold ceremonies to honor it, might copy the words Voss Water all over the cave. That one bottle might be so revered and cherished… if it broke perhaps the clan might go into a mourning, they would possibly mend it with bison innards and twine made from their own hair, doing anything to preserve its perceived power. Today we consider it nothing important, we consider nothing sacred. We throw it in the trash-not even the recycle bin usually-and we just let it become buried by mounds and mounds of other such bottles and trash. If we are considerate enough to make sure it finds its way into a recycling bin, it will go on to a long and extensive life in the recycling plant, using up precious resources and creating more airborne toxins as it enters into its new life as a new and unimportant object to be used and thrown away again. Where did we go so awry and lose the value of “things”?

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Every year each one of us produces around 1500 pounds of trash. Can you imagine where all of that is going? Landfills and recycling. Both are so hazardous to our environment!And lets look at the sociological implications of the wasteful human of today. Do you believe we consider relationships as unimportant as objects which are used once and then become trash? The divorce rates in America would say we do. Social media has given us a kind of social ADD where every minute we are throwing out ideas, feelings, emotions and on to the next. We are simply wasteful of life. When is the last time you simply stopped and smelled a rose? Took a calm moment to admire the beauty of your blessed existence? No matter how hard life can be there is always beauty and love to be found somewhere in your daily existence. Buddha says “Your actions are your only true belongings”. Imagine if that were the truth of today and we placed less importance on materialism, and more importance on “being”: being kind, being thoughtful, being in the moment, being our best self. If there were less of an importance placed upon “things”; the “having” of things, the “getting” of things, the “giving” of things…. can you imagine what a greater world we would live within?

As an artist, I make “things”. I create paintings on canvas and paper and also sculptures out of clay and stone. Luckily most of what I create has shelf life of a century or even many more. As with the many artists who came before me out canvas and paint are able to last hundreds and hundreds of years. But as a human being I’m starting to truly become aware of needing less things, using less, and aquiring less. I’ve decided to create a new series of art using recycled products, mainly cardboard, to reduce my “carbon footprint” on our beautiful earth.I’ve also started to re-use as many plastic bottles and containers as possible…. shop at farmers markets, reuse shopping bags, make sure not to waste any food, always recycle no matter what, give more of myself and my own gifts to the world and less of physical gifts when gifts are expected.

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I encourage you all to make whatever tiny effort you can make in this world, as Buddha would say, to focus more upon action than things. Every time you look upon something disposable, imagine you’re that caveman seeing it for the first time, and think about what you can do to reuse this object or perhaps avoid buying it in the first place. Lets all be less wasteful and more appreciative. Let’s Save our beautiful Planet. Let’s learn to “Love, without desire to Possess”.

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Painting: Revelation of Peace

I have been commissioned to re-paint my classic “Revelation of Peace” painting, an original oil painting comprised of 4 great men who each became icons of Peace in their own unique ways. Originally created in 2010 in collaboration with philanthropist Gilles Sensenbrenner, this painting was created to use in fundraising efforts for various charities worldwide. A copy of the original was given to the estates of each of the figures in the painting, Nelson Mandela, Gandhi, MLK, and Dalai Lama. At an event in 2014 I was seated directly in front of Dalai Lama, in a room of 20,000 people and given the opportunity to meet with him to present his painting in person. Unfortunately due to security issues at the event, all security clearances were removed and I wasn’t able to receive and introduction, however when Dalai Lama spoke of the necessity of “Artists” in the community to spread the message of peace, love and hope through their words and works, he clearly raised his hand and nodded towards me as I held the painting in the air for him to see. This was perhaps the greatest moment of my art career to date.

The prints were given to countless charities thereafter, raising endless monies for various philanthropic entities.

How fitting that now I’ve been commission to re-paint an original oil on canvas copy for the newest Mayor of Washington DC, Muriel Bowser. She is a young and beautiful black woman, raised in Washington DC, and inaugurated on January 2, 2015.

Her words of peace echo those of these great men depicted in this painting;

You probably know by now that I’m fiercely loyal and disciplined — and not easily moved from a winning plan.”

– Muriel Bowser

The Ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy

-Martin Luther King

And we’re going to make sure, we’ll work together so that the violence that has shaken so many of our communities comes to an end. Little Jayden should not be scared to go home, dear Relisha should be doing the things that little girls do, and no man or woman should live with violence in their home.”

– Muriel Bowser

We pledge ourselves to liberate all our people from the continuing bondage of poverty, deprivation, suffering, gender and other discrimination.

-Nelson Mandela

“I have faith that we will do it together with a lot of hard work. We will build a city, worthy of this occasion and your great expectations.”

– Muriel Bowser

A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.

-Gandhi

I bet you don’t know this though one of the single biggest surprises and delights of this campaign was the reaction I got from little girls—the 8 year olds for sure—they watched me, they cheered me on and they inspired me to keep pushing, to live up to their hopes and dreams.

-Muriel Bowser

It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come.

-Dalai Lama

While these quotes could all be interchangeable the message is clear, Muriel Bowser emanates a message of peace, strength, and hope reminiscent of the words of these 4 great leaders of peace. I am truly blessed to be able to re-create this painting as a gift to her and look forward to the day I see her standing next to my creation of these 4 amazing men she emulates so well.

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The Evolution of Pop Culture Icons

Pop Culture - Home & Realty MagazineIn my 22 year career as a commissioned “artist for hire” I’ve learned to truly understand the desire of my clientele for paintings of “Pop Culture Icons”. Legally bound not to print copies of celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe without paying hefty commissions, I’ve had to paint certain famous and recognizable images over and over again. An image of Jack Nicholson smiling with his trademark grin has garnered over 10 sales of originals, many being used for charity and raising over 10k to date for various charities including my #1 charity www.maxloveproject.org (a children’s cancer foundation dedicated to raising awareness for alternative healing therapies for young cancer patients). Over 50 of my originals of various images of Marilyn Monroe have raised over 25k for many charities including American Cancer Society and Big Brothers Big Sisters Organization. In 2012 a signed portrait of Kobe Bryant sold for 6k at a benefit for Big Brothers Big Sisters organization. Fame and Iconography in Pop Art means dollar signs and sales.

So, why are we so obsessed with the idea of fame, and why does this translate into our art purchases? In our world fame creates iconography. This isn’t just limited to the world of celebrity, in fact, among the most famous names searched on google is Jesus, followed by Napoleon and Shakespeare. According to a variety of sources within my google search on this subject more often than not, Marilyn Monroe was the only woman included within the top ten famous Icons in American Culture. James Dean, Martin Luther King, Elvis Presley and Buddha appeared in the top ten in many lists. How interesting to find that a woman considered a sexual being, a seducer, an innocent, a lush, and an adulterer, finds her place among historical titans such as Jesus, MLK and Buddha known and loved for their character, empathy and benefit to humanity.

Over the years I’ve offered a free signed Jesus Print to anyone who has wanted one. I posted my offer on Facebook, and received messages from 20 to 30 people per post. Was it the idea of receiving a free piece of art or the love of this religious icon that had me sending out masses of prints since 2011? No one has ever asked me to repaint the Jesus image, but nearly every single time I post the Jack Nicholson painting I receive a request for an original (in fact my most recent painting of Jack, #10 will finally be seen and signed by the Icon of film culture himself).

Pop Culture - Home & Realty MagazineHow is that possible that I was never asked to repaint Jesus, the most famous Icon of all time…. Do our tastes change? One day will I be asked to paint Miley Cyrus or Justin Beiber? Guess what, I’ll have to decline. Thank goodness we have some class left in our culture. I hope the movie Idiocracy never comes to be the reality of our times, where we are each and everyone of us made into icons of culture and plastered with advertising all over our clothing.

Perhaps we should be grateful to have Pop Culture Icons. We are given inspiration, drive, desire, ambition, to emulate those who have made such an impression upon the masses who came before us and therefore inspire us today. But are we all just lemmings following the masses? And who will become the icons of future times…. will the religious and historical Icons hold their place in time, or will new celebrity such as Superman, Tom Cruise and Oprah take over, as suggested by one list of the top 200 Icons of our times. Can you imagine a future society where we actually embrace intellect and accomplishment rather than perceived fame and power? Many have asked me to paint Einstein or Tesla, but no one has ever commissioned me to do so as they’ve commissioned the endless Jacks and Marilyns. We can only hope for the future societies to maintain some degree of sophistication. Only time will tell, and I’m sure I’ll be painting the icons as they change for years to come.

How does the future look for pop art? Can you imagine landing on the planet in 2314 and seeing a Marilyn Monroe Pop Art painting on the wall. Perhaps only in a museum dedicated to the distant past, or perhaps she will still be gracing our walls, even if the homes are so contemporary they feature only holographic art by then. 🙂

Here are my some of 10 paintings of Jack, 50 paintings Marilyn and the only Jesus I’ve ever painted, the print of which graces over 500 homes. See more of my art at www.mayagallery.com, and look for my column each month here at Home & Realty Magazine.

Art Staging for Emotional Connection in Home Sales and Luxury Rentals

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Art Staging for Emotional Connection in Home Sales and Luxury Rentals

An empty house doesn’t feel like a million dollars or a home that anyone can see making their own because all the things that help make it a warm, inviting home aren’t there.

Worse yet, a house that’s empty, or that doesn’t look its best, emphasizes every shortcoming. If the buyer is previewing it online, that may be all they’ll ever want to see.
In no time, staging Art can transform your house, with everything that makes it look and feel like a dream home.

Staging a home with fine art can be a great way to enhance the look of the home and inspire an emotional connection with the potential buyer. Displaying new artwork is a great way to breathe new life into a room and add that special flair that will make the house feel more like a home.

Once you take down the photos, diplomas, hunting trophies and religious items that have no place in a home when it’s on the real estate market, there’s often little left to work with. Home staging companies will most likely have only a small range of artworks available, so why not look to local artists in your area and ask if they have paintings available to rent.

As a prolific artist, with a wide range of work, I was recently asked by Luis Guajardo, at Prive Luxury Home Rentals, to rent several pieces of my art for a home being leased for a week long luxury rental in the Hollywood Hills. I received a glowing report that the clients loved my work and felt it added a touch of class and excitement to the property.

Several years ago I was contacted by the Ginn Corporation, when they had a big event to market selling many of their homes in a community in the Ft. Lauderdale area. I was asked to do an art show where they hung 10 of my prints and flew me in for a gala party. All ten prints sold, and the families there to view the homes in the community felt a strong connection to the art, and me as the artist, creating an emotional connection between the agents and their potential clients through the sale of my art.

If you or anyone you know as an agent or an individual is selling your home, check out my art available for rent on my website, www.mayagallery.com, or google art staging or artists in your neighborhood for the enhancement and added excitement and emotional connection fine art can bring into your home sale or luxury rental.

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Maya’s Art & Lifestyle

Art & Lifestyle - Home & Realty MagazineAs a celebrity portrait artist for the last 22 years I’ve raised over 100k towards various charities thus far from my art by partnering with various celebrities and philanthropic organizations. When a celebrity agrees to sign my painting, their signature added to the painting raises the value of the painting substantially thereby allowing us to raise more money for the charity.

 


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Kobe Bryant signs the painting

Some of the most notable celebrity athletes I’ve worked with have been Kobe Bryant and Reggie Jackson. I painted Kobe Bryant in 2012 in partnership with big Brothers Big Sisters Organization. At the event, I went on stage with the auctioneer and the Kobe Signed painting and together we were able to raise $6000.

 


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Reggie signs the painting

Just last year, I painted Reggie Jackson and we were able to raise $5000 for several charities with his signature on the painting.

 

Today I’ll meet my favorite WWE star to create a painting and a set of 25 Giclees for him to sign and sell as sports memorabilia. We will be also be auctioning a signed Giclee print to raise money for www.maxloveproject.org, an organization dedicated to helping children fight cancer using integrative therapies, new healing technologies and lots of love! Please find Max Love Project on Facebook!

 

I’m also excited to be painting Max of Max Love Project, a 6 year old boy who fought cancer and won, and decided to work with his mommy Audra to start a charity to help other kids.

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I’m a very lucky artist to have been blessed with a gift in life that has allowed me to help others. I always say “The gift is in the giving” and let me tell you, after many, many years of putting smiles on peoples faces with my paintings and charitable contributions, I can attest to the truth in it.

I look forward to many many years of painting and partnering with celebrities to help raise money for charity. If you know of a celebrity who may like to work with me, or a charitable organization who could use my help, please contact me for further information through my website www.mayagallery.com

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Art & Lifestyle by Hollywood’s Maya Spielman

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Art & Lifestyle by Hollywood’s Maya Spielman

I’m so excited to announce that I Maya Spielman, will be on the front cover of Home & Realty Magazine for their “SEPTEMBER ISSUE” with an article discussing the highlights of my 22 year Art career including the inside scoop on my celebrity clients such as Kobe Bryant and the Kardashians, and philanthropic relationships with organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, MaxLoveProject, and many more of my upcoming projects and events.

Even more exciting is that I’ll have my own monthly column in Home & Realty Magazine covering “Art & Lifestyle” in southern California. Check out the rest of our website to learn more about our magazine and say hello to my gorgeous and most talented friend Dorothy Dawn in her cover story!

Be sure to LIKE our Home & Realty Magazine Facebook page. I will be showcasing my art and articles with my new “Art & Lifestyle” column in September’s issue. I look forward to working and providing all of our readers an interesting “palette” of visuals and thought provocative articles to stimulate your senses.

Warm regards,

Maya Spielman
Art & Lifestyle Editor

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