As part of the SmART Kinston City Project Foundation, artist Maximillian Mozingo is putting his own personal touch on the city’s revitalization efforts.
“I go off of instinct,” said Mozingo. “Things that are happening. Things that I might have been through, and just try to reflect onto the canvas something that you don’t see everyday.”
Mozingo is one of a number of artists who now call the Arts & Cultural District in Kinston home.
Currently the self-taught artist, muralist and designer is preparing for an upcoming show.
It’s scheduled for May 4th at the Nulook Business Center in Greenville.
Recently, he gave Nine On Your Side’s Nicole Neuman a tour of his home studio where he reflected on his journey as a creator.
“I say about five years ago, during a dark time I became homeless and things of that nature,” said Mozingo. “Art was the only thing that I had. I just grabbed onto that and it took off from there.”
Since taking off, the Goldsboro native joined Kinston’s efforts to create the city as a hub for the arts in Eastern North Carolina.
“It’s been pretty good here,” said Mozingo. The program is heading into a great direction. We’ve got artists from all types of genres.”
Hanging on the walls of his studio located on Blount Street are colorful pieces that depict Mozingo’s connection to culture.
There’s work capturing icons like North Carolina’s own Nina Simone, to Angela Davis and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
As well as paintings of famed musicians Cardi B, the late David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain.
There are also pieces inspired by current events.
As far as what’s next for Mozingo? “To just max this thing out,” he said. “To follow my passion. I’m pretty sure it will lead me in the right direction.”