“I have been making art most of my life.  My love of found materials reflects the artistic concern that art can be made from anything, including junk.  Painting, metal work, sculpting, carving and casting are fanciful, humorous, and visually engaging. I have always used my artwork as an outlet for expressing my personal opinions and have discovered over the years that my favorite medium by far is to create art from "found objects". I just like to work with different things in the spirit of exploration and serendipity. It’s a journey.”

Bernie has an artist’s eye that he began honing as a young boy in upstate New York while out looking for arrowheads—the search taught him to look for shape, for texture, and to see things not with the eye but with the imagination. Later, in the woods, he found old cars and tractors slowly disintegrating and he began to make art around those. “The start of my love affair with rusty metal,” he says wryly. For three decades now, Moriaz has lived on O‘ahu, changing the detritus of the island into art. He took the corrugated tin roofs of wrecked Waipahu plantation houses, for example, and used them to make aloha shirts that he painted with sugar-era scenes. “What stories those roofs could tell,” he remembers thinking when the inspiration hit.
Bernie Moriaz holds up an exquisite sculpture of a ho
rse—in mid-stride, full gallop, its head high. “This was inspired by a piece of broken plastic,” he says, “that kinda reminded me of a torso.” And that’s just what the copper-wire horse is built around: a scratched, clear piece of discarded plastic that has become its middle. But the horse is only the beginning at Bernie’s art studio, the very beginning. Look around and everywhere you see the mundane transformed into the extraordinary. Among the hundreds of pieces are an ‘ukulele player made of chicken wire and an old shovel; a grinning dog made of rebar; a jumping marlin made of hubcaps; a honu (turtle) made of sheet metal.


Contact:

Bernard Moriaz
Post Office Box 572, Wailua, Hawaii 96712
Phone: 808-589-6242      Email:
BMoriaz@aol.com


Bernard Moriaz resides on the North Shore of Oahu. He is available for exhibits, instruction, and commissions year round. Feel free to contact him at bmoriaz@aol.com