Artez was born and raised on the west side of Chicago. He started his dance training at Curie High School in 1995. From 1996 to 1999, Artez trained with gallery 37 in the parks under the direction of Nicole Stewart. He then went on to study ballet at Homer Bryant Ballet, Northern Dance Theater and Franco Devito in New York. Later, Artez went on to study the Horton technique along with other styles at the Alvin Ailey summer dance intensive. There, he was offered a fellowship. In 2003, he received his B.F.A from Northern Illinois University in fine arts. He then went on to dance with professional companies that will in-clude but not limited to Dass/Dance, Balchi, and Dance Loop Chicago. Today, Artez can be found teaching choreography across the city and working with his dance ensemble called “The Boogie Project”.