Rick's Bio


Rick Lazes is a three dimensional artist who works in a variety of media including wood, plaster, stainless steel, plexiglass and marble. His recent series, “Liquid Art,” employs a unique reverse painting technique on melted plexiglass. Lazes’ wood sculpture series, “The World Is Bending,” makes a social statement about the state of flux that people around the world are encountering in the 21st century. In order to realize the complex designs for the series, Lazes developed a proprietary steam bending process that is protected by pending patents, rendering this series truly one-of-a-kind.

Lazes’ first studio was heated by a coal potbelly stove on a West Virginia mountain top, where he spent as much time trying to keep warm during the cold winters as crafting his sculpture. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, today Lazes lives and works in Lake Norman near Charlotte, North Carolina.

Lazes is an inventor and the holder of several patents for innovative technology including the Auto Boom™, which is a state-of-the-art technology employed for mitigating offshore oil spills. One of his companies was the largest private contractor on the recent BP oil spill and responsible for the successful mitigation of the worst offshore oil spill in history.

Lazes’ professional career includes his work in the entertainment industry where he has produced hundreds of concerts and live music festivals in over 30 states, as well as TV shows for HBO and Cinemax. He is currently developing a 37-acre entertainment complex in downtown Charlotte, NC (ncmusicfactory.com), and a 1,000 acre second home community in West Virginia (dawsonlake.com).

Artist Statement

“I create vibrant and sensuous sculpture that is a manifestation of my passion for music.”

The “Liquid Art” series are reverse painted on acrylic panels which are heated to 400 degrees and shaped by hand using insulated gloves. Each piece is a unique emotional statement complete with the varied dynamics of a musical composition.

The “World Is Bending” series are made up of hard woods (walnut, cherry, maple and poplar) which are steam bent into organic forms exposing the natural beauty of the wood’s grain. They fuse balance with tension, structure and elegance.

The “Paper Dolls” series are composed of molded acrylic panels with multiple layers of images that blend nostalgia with eroticism to create a fantasy for the child in every man.

Rick & The Dolls

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Rick with Torch

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Rick and Full Length Doll

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