We had the good fortune of connecting with Cortéz Flagg and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Cortéz, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Everything happened naturally. At 21 I suddenly got the urge to create visual works with photography. Since then I’ve been trying to find my vision and message which is how I ended up painting.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My art is abstract and expressive. I go off of my intuition for most of my works. I discovered this method from editing photos. I realized that the way I edited was very intuitive so I wanted to expand on this idea with art which would allow me freely express myself. I’ve learned to trust my instincts along this journey. A lot of times I think too much which holds me back from what Is best for me. I ultimately want the world to get a glimpse into how I see and experience the world. My art deals with the idea of introspection which will hopefully inspire people in many ways.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love food so the coolest place to me is Buford Highway near Atlanta. There are countless diverse restaurants that have some of the best cultured and authentic foods you can try.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Spencyr Frye, she is an amazing curator and interior designer. She’s a fresh new talent that a lot of people will hear about in Atlanta.

Instagram: @cortez.flagg

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