John Azoni is an artist and musician residing in the Detroit area. A graduate of the College for Creative Studies in 2007 with a Bachelors in Fine Arts, Azoni has exhibited his work in various galleries in the Metro Detroit area, as well as nationally and internationally.
Born with a creative bent, he began excelling in music at a very young age. Getting his start on the piano at age 6, he eventually picked up guitar, began writing, recording, and performing his own music, and later learned several other musical instruments.
During high school, Azoni was fortunate enough to travel with his family to Italy. It was there that he became inspired to expand beyond music into visual arts. Sparked by the culture and history that existed in Europe, and the street artists he witnessed, he became obsessive about learning to mix colors and paint what he saw. The remainder of his years before college would be spent painting portraits and still lifes inspired by painters such as Degas, Cezanne, Van Gogh, and Picasso.
Azoni went on to study painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland, moving back to Detroit to finish his degree at the College for Creative Studies. While still in his undergraduate studies, he had the opportunity to spend several months in Aix en Provence in the South of France – the same town that Cezanne himself spent most of his life – where he created art alongside 11 other artists from the States.
Azoni’s work is characterized by its abstract, energetic nature. The surfaces of his paintings are often thick with defined brush strokes, and the various themes running through his work have more to do with making a painting that is visually engaging than anything else. The images in his work often serve as icons of his surroundings, relationships, experiences, and nostalgic relics of a normal middleclass upbringing.