My name is Izi and I run Ningishzidda Arts, one of the eleven houses of The Abrahadabra Institute. I work on most of the graphics for Institute projects and help foster change that moves towards growth in our organization. This is my personal website, and you’re welcome to look around, butI invite occultists to visit the main site at abrahadabra.com to peruse our library of resources on cutting edge Mutational Alchemy principles and other topics.
For those curious about my heritage and education, you should know that my family have all been in the arts as far back as we can trace. My great grandfather was the architect of The Smith Tower in Seattle, the tallest building on the West Coast at the time. I never met my grandfather, his son, as he was killed in a car crash a long time before I was born, but he was also an artist in the Cubist style. My great great uncle was Josef Block, who founded the Berlin Secession, of which Edvard Munch was a member.
He pretty much looks like his brother, my great grandfather. Here is a photo of him (left) with Gerhart Hauptman. Mr. Hauptman was a Nobel Prize winner for his literary works, but he was also a sculptor.
I studied art my whole life, enrolled in art classes by my mother (also an artist) throughout my life. I was lucky to have a very good art teacher in highschool, Eric K. Olsen, during a the grunge years in Seattle when funding for the arts in schools had not yet been eliminated. In my last two years of Highschool I joined an experimental school called “Cyberschool” where students taught themselves and took standardized tests. This gave me control over the funding allotted to me by the state, so I began buying art supplies and teaching myself painting. After I got married in 1999 I continued my education and acquired a Wacom tablet. I began my Amur Leopard series during this time and began refining my style. I had a wonderful opportunity to attend Kathryn Manzo’s The Contemporary Realist Academy in Memphis, TN for two years where I studied European Academic Art. This is really what jumpstarted my freedom of expression. I highly recommend any ARC approved atelier to any artist needing to learn proper draftsmanship and painting skills.
Finally in 2007, after years of trying out gallery sales, I joined The Abrahadabra Institute. I got a divorce (sad story) and never looked back. In 2009 I moved to Olympia, WA. to study Mutational Alchemy. My family was really broken throughout my whole life due to circumstances that happened before I was born, and it never recovered, but I feel like I managed to achieve a miracle surviving it all. It was funny to discover that m1thr0s’s ancestor was a famous, probably Jewish artist from Switzerland. (Max Sulzbachner) We see eye to eye on most things and naturally both have a lot of Kabbalah ideas in our work.
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Every Man and Every Woman is a Star…
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