Arizona artist Frank, known as LIVED1904 (LIVED), is based in the heart of Downtown Phoenix, one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S. Working with an array of mediums, LIVED creates some truly amazing works of art that range from playful to political, but always rings true to his signature style. After swinging through my local glass shop, Bud’s Glass Joint, I spotted his work on the walls and knew I needed to meet the artist. I was stoked to learn that LIVED was more than happy to sit down over a session to discuss his work.
After spending years crafting his skills as an artist, LIVED developed his signature abstract cactus paintings, for which he is most recognized. Years later he is still painting beautiful visions of the southwest, but has also branched out and begun to explore other areas of inspiration… namely, cannabis. LIVED has used cannabis for years as a means of relaxing his mind and opening the visionary channels to allow the creative process to flow through him without any obstacles. “I wanted to paint some fun things for a new audience,” shared LIVED. The result is an amazing series of work that I couldn’t wait to see more of.
Frank PicazoIt can be difficult to pinpoint where an artist’s inspiration comes from some times, but looking around his studio it became blatantly clear that LIVED was not only a fan a cannabis, but also a fan of cartoons, a lot of cartoons! The most impactful of which were, “The Simpsons” he noted. After years of collecting Simpsons memorabilia, LIVED found himself surrounded by inspiration, which quickly found its way into his artistic style structured in bold colors and thick black outlines. LIVED also draws much of his style from his years of experience writing graffiti in San Diego in the ‘90s.