The work of Detroit native Ozie combines carpentry with painting, forming one-of-a-kind pieces that can best be described as wall sculptures. Ozie’s work is abstract and free-flowing. He creates his own canvases out of wood, experimenting with different shapes and sizes. After he picks out the color combinations for each piece, he applies paint and other materials intuitively, allowing what he calls "the destiny of the painting" to emerge of its own accord. He most commonly works with acrylic, enamel, glue, sand, and resin, spreading them in layers and utilizing shape, line, and color to create an abstract composition reminiscent of a pulsing energy and underlined by quieter, more subtle emotions.
After graduating from the Detroit Carpenters Apprenticeship School, it wasn’t until 2005 that Ozie started experimenting with carpentry and painting, combining his professional skills with a childhood love of art. Ozie says his work is strongly influenced by African art, as well abstract painters like Jackson Pollock and Gerhard Richter. He hopes his pieces will help create a platform for self-taught artists to express themselves freely and without limitations.