“I love seeing the detail of an artist’s mind when it is expressed.“
I am always thrilled when I interview an artist off the typical path. Love, colorful imagery, sunshine and lollipops; all artistic clichés we get used to seeing when we think of illustrators. Not the Viz.
Gregg ‘The Viz’ Visintainer’s genius stems from a slightly different place. A blue collar, intensely detail oriented, chip on the shoulder place. The youngest of three boys growing up, Gregg grew an appetite for competition. His desire for overcoming obstacles in life has translated to canvas, making him one of the hardest working artists in his field.
One particular example came from a time in Gregg’s life when he was isolated to a hospital bed after back surgery. Rather than succumb to stir-craziness, Gregg took advantage of his situation, leaning on his art to carry him out of the difficult time. His art took on a life of its own, working as a means of meditation and therapy for his mind. Four years later, what started as a personal source for strength has now touched lives throughout the entire West Coast.
When focus and patience meet, that’s where you’ll find Gregg Visintainer. He painstakingly accrues 60-80 hours per art piece. However, if you asked the Viz, he’d say it feels like it takes him 10 minutes. Time flies when you’re having fun. It is Gregg’s sincere and unapologetic passion for his craft that speed the hands of time while he works. It also allows for his trademark story within a story that he so proudly hangs his hat on. Hidden pictures, words, and various meanings expressed throughout his art create Gregg’s calling card. These embedded details tell a story to support the theme of every piece – a story everyone can plainly see, if you only take the time to look. A man who thrives on overcoming challenges, perhaps this is The Viz’s way of challenging us.
To see more images and the full article, flip to page 72 in our 2012 Holiday Magazine:
Viz’s work is available at Graffiti Beach – 2220 Fern St., San Diego Ca and online www.ShopGraffitiBeach.com
Viz will be opening his first ever Gallery on Feb 2nd, 2013. For more info CLICK HERE
Article by Erik Cardona
Photos by Garone Africa, Styled by Michelle Africa, All clothing and merchandise available at Graffiti Beach