Keariene Muizz

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Keariene Muizz
Keariene Muizz, 2007
Born (1977-11-18) November 18, 1977 (age 36)
Nationality American

Keariene Muizz (/kɪərˈn/; born November 18, 1977) is a contemporary American painter known for depicting the statues of Paris and being the first person to fuse fashion and oil painting together.[1][verification needed] Keariene is also known to incorporate the psychoanalytic literature of Sigmund Freud into her artistic theories.[citation needed]


Early life[edit]

Muizz was born in Chicago. Muizz's mother is Black American of Jewish Ethiopian (Falasha) descent[citation needed].

Keariene moved sporadically across the United States throughout her life[citation needed] . She attended three high schools her freshman year and eventually graduated from Whittier High School[citation needed]. Her creative beginnings expanded during this time as she began sculpting, gaining the attention of various faculty members[citation needed]. Her logical approach to interpreting her environment would be applied to every facet of her life[dubious ]. This detail would also be reflected later in her love of illustrating Parisian architecture and sculpture[dubious ].


At the age of nineteen the young artist began collecting paint supplies with the intention of shifting from sketch pad to canvas, not knowing she would become one of the most noted outsider artists to enter the contemporary scene in decades[dubious ]. She would explain it later to the Associated Press[2] as, "...a knot in my heart that I could not untie with words." It was not until the adventurous and reclusive Muizz went to Europe for six weeks, traveling alone to England, Greece, Italy, and eventually France that she would commit to her artistic path. Upon her return she completed her first painting, a portrait of her older sister, which shamed the family and led to her later disinheritance. Thus starting her interest in using found materials for her artwork, and fueling her need to create the expensive 'Zdenka Cuff'[citation needed]

Haunted by the unsolved murder of Jeanette O'Keefe[3] Muizz revealed the dimensions of her grief through the unveiling of the Sacred Stones Collection. Noted as the first artist in history to depict the tombs of the Pere Lachaise Cemetery[citation needed].

In February 2009, Jeanette O'Keefe's murderer was apprehended in Paris, France[citation needed]. Her murderer was given the maximum sentence under French law in January 2012.[4] The news of this conviction is said to have been the catalyst behind the artists desire to transform her oil painting "Playing G-d" into a hand sewn maxi dress, using nothing save the painting itself[citation needed].


  1. ^ "No buttons, no zippers, just canvas: The dress made out of an oil painting". The Today Show. 
  2. ^ "Associated Press Sponsored Slide Show". Associated Press. 
  3. ^ Rogers, John (May 1, 2008). "Slain Friend's Memory Sets Painter on New Artistic Path: Graveyards". Washington Post. Retrieved May 7, 2010. 
  4. ^ Kissane, Karen (January 7, 2012). "Melbourne family's grief laid bare in French court". The Age. Retrieved January 7, 2012. 

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