The artist, Paz Aquila is a native New Mexican. Born in Albuquerque and raised in Santa Rosa, NM. His father was a man of many talents, but It was his obsession with music and fashion, and his mothers taste that distilled into Paz from a young age. As a young boy, He began making clothes for his stuffed animals turning them into little “Rock Stars” like his favorite icons David Bowie and Prince. Through music and fashion he was harnessing the beauty within. As a teenager his passion for fashion led him into the world of modeling.
He began a short professional career modeling in New York City. At that time he began to contemplate fashion as art. He began making clothes and music again, and went to university where he met his mentor and confidant, head costumer, Diane Cole. From her teaching experience at the Chicago institute of Art, and Savannah College of Art and Design, she was able to bestow upon him the intricacies of fine craftsmanship, patterning, fashion periods. Fortuitously, in the preparation of student made theatrical production, he was afforded the opportunity of making his first handbag. It was truly an afterthought though, and his career as an artist was still yet to be realized. After all, he was still torn between two worlds equal in beauty.
After university, he laid in bed with music as his main mistress, and soon moved to Austin, TX. He produced and recorded his first album, “These Sins,” under the name Paz and the War. He began making clothing for his the production of his first music video and produced a leather jacket. The sensation of fashion came back to him. After two years of failing to get anything off the ground the dissolution of his home life, He was deflated and turned to his moment with leather. In the darkness, the phoenix’s light rose within him and the genesis of PURSEduPAZ was realized. He began to see handbags as functional sculpture. They were his widows to a woman’s soul. They were a representation of a woman’s most inner desires and personality she could wear as a beacon of her individuality. In the process of discovery, Ironically, the bags helped him contemplate what it means to be a woman, which ultimately helped him become a better man. He began to see this artistic venture as means to fulfill his personal philosophies of beauty, timelessness, and responsibility.
He felt that the art he made should be environmentally conscious, and honoring the sacrifice of our fallen animal brothers and sisters. His use of fair, humanly treated, and occasionally, recycled animal products, are his commitment to timeless beauty, so that we may celebrate the fallen. This is his homage to Mother Earth. For she is a women too, and deserves the highest respect of all. He currently resides in Albuquerque, NM with his long term partner Sophie Monsef.