Born and raised in The Bronx, NY, Tzuriel Shaddai is an artist who found his voice through painting. Tzuriel's desire to create led him to pursue a career in art; obtaining a BA in studio art/graphic design and a MS in Art Therapy/ Counseling. Although graphic design showed him an entirely new way of creating, Tzuriel feels most at home with a paintbrush and an empty canvas. Tzuriel creates artworks that are meant to appreciate the beautiful and highlight the not-so-beautiful. We often leave many things unsaid and even find some words uneasy to be heard, but pictures provide us with a safe distance from that which is uncomfortable. They are powerful enough to accentuate the beauty in our worst times and also make our best times better.
Tzuriel draws inspiration from everyday life. He strives to provoke thought, evoke emotion, and encourage dialogue through his art. He believes that art is much like a language; just as there will always be new words to learn, there are always new insights to be gained through art. Tzuriel has had work on display in a variety of shows throughout the Tri-State area since 2013. Currently, Tzuriel works in The Bronx as a Registered and Board Certified Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, endeavoring to help heal the unseen scars of people within his community.