"Painters Row" @ Tipper Full Moon 2016 (courtesy of J Bild)
Once again we are grateful to both Jen from Tribe13 and Jake from Consolidated Productions helping us pull together a very talented group of Live Painters and Muralists for the Nocturnal Edition. These artists all uniquely interconnect to offer a perspective in sharing what is inspiring them, and in turn all of us. Their contribution is colorful, fun, and appreciated. They will each have works of art available for purchase displayed in our free form gallery, and purchased from them or their assistants in the Painter HQ (next to Share Your Cloud donation point) across the street right behind ‘live painters row’ centered towards the rear of the Amphitheater.
Carlos Pons Paz is a painter and multimedia artist currently working in the Tampa Bay area. Born in Guatemala City, his family moved to America in the year 2000 in the pursuit of a safer life and better opportunities. From a young age Carlos found interest in the arts, spending his childhood drawing, shuffling through old art books and building figures out of fabric and clay. Neglecting participation in other activities, Carlos submerged himself completely into his art. Moving to America was a significant staple in his life. The culture shock was eye opening and it brought about feelings of displacement and lost identity. The contrast between his new home and the country he left behind started what he now recognizes as a state of awareness. Most of Carlos’ work now deals with reality outside of our personal circumstances and one point perspective. His art deals with the gloomy and unsettling aspect of the human condition. The scenery, although rich in color and whims, projects a tasteless vague reality through amorphous figures and incoherent spaces. Carlos currently teaches art to adults with developmental disabilities and draws a great amount of inspiration from the intuitive nature of their work. Carlos’ life philosophies regard the meaning of existence and the constant determination of one’s personal purpose.
As one of the top street artists that represent MIA, internationally renowned – KAZILLA is famous for creating true ‘performance art’. Painting live murals and works of art in the spotlight for a myriad of audiences, such as leading recording artists and their masses of onlookers, museums, exclusive events, major brands, print and TV. To most it would be a bit unnerving, asked to make a masterpiece in front of hundreds, sometimes thousands of eyes, all watching your every move and mistake. Using the pressure and constant critique to her advantage, Kazilla has mastered the art of “free hand”, “working your mistakes, instead of your mistakes working you”, “speed painting” and the “minute masterpiece”. The best part of KAZILLA’s “work” is that 95% of her live work is indeed free handed.
KAZILLA’s style bounds between the street arts and fine arts. A native of New Mexico, she currently resides & works from her studio/gallery in Little Haiti, Miami. After moving to the east coast in 2007, her work transcended street art, and combined her two styles of fine art and graffiti to create an edgy, colorful clash of two very different worlds. Often using various mediums to create her distinctive style, there is always a level of experimentation in every piece, keeping the work fresh and dynamic. Organic themes infused with feminine figures, surreal landscapes, geometric patterns and vibrant colors create a daunting visual feast for all audiences.
Although Kazilla brightens the Miami landscape with murals and street art almost daily, she is also a regular globe trotter – hitting the streets the world over to leave her mark, and her art. In addition to creating cutting edge street art, Kazilla also paints live at events for performers such as Wu-Tang Clan, The Marleys, Chaka Khan and Timbaland, and for brands like Adidas, Converse, Guess, Choice Hotels, Oxygen Network, & Societe Perrier to name a few. Her fine art endeavors include establishments such as the Museum of Art, both in Ft. Lauderdale and Coral Gables, Miami MOMA, and galleries in NYC, LA, DC, & Dubai. In her off hours she also works as a performance artist, designer, muralist, photographer, producer, musician, philanthropist, and consultant.
Everyday is the opportunity to learn; to progress. Research throughout the day. Ask questions. It's not about soul-searching, it's about searching with the soul. Seek for your truth. Don't let the control be remote.
Chaya Av is a Miami-born, interdisciplinary artist, muralist, and first generation American currently living on the Space Coast of Florida. She relies on the chaotic stream of consciousness while also being heavily influenced by natural organic forms, music, human emotions, and decorative art. Improvising with just a plain surface, some drawing and painting materials, and a pair of headphones, Chaya creates colorful and spontaneous imaginative works that are free-flowing yet bizarre to the eye, and are experimented through fine art, street art, and digital design. Her large-scale murals have been featured in cities throughout Florida, including a pop-up mural she painted live for Samsung during Art Basel Miami 2016. She was also a guest muralist for Battle of Pho Hoa’s first annual mural competition in 2016 and was one of the seven muralists chosen to paint for Sam Flax of Orlando at their 2017 Wall Project. Chaya graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art at Florida State University.
Danielle Sperandeo is a human being, illustrator and painter from Savannah, GA. She aspires to create aesthetically pleasing images that center on the documentation of ideas, dreams, and emotions based on both reality and fabrication. Her work provides a visual commentary of violence, disquiet, chaos and collapse, but with the intent that it is not entirely absent of the suggestion of hope, and the presence of beauty.
The aesthetics of her artwork focus on the interconnection of fantasy and reality, finding the contrast of stylistic representations of lifelike imagery, when coupled with the fantastical, reveals an innate flaw in the way society views the imagination, a humor that echoes our own vulnerabilities
David Fratu, the creative mind behind the brand ILL.DES, was born in Chicago, IL in 1989. As the youngest of three children, he was always inspired by the many talents and creativity of his family members. With his father being a skilled craftsman and his uncle a talented artist, David was surrounded by a wealth of knowledge from which to learn. At a young age, he became passionate about creating his own new, inspiring works of art. His passion fueled a life-long dream to become an artist, and he continues to work zealously toward its fulfillment. Over the past five years, David has gradually expanded his artist career. From the hosting of his first gallery show, to live paintings and participating in local art fairs throughout the Atlanta area, he continues to develop his talents and create the unique brand that has become “ILL.DES”.
Drake Arnold is an artist working primarily in acrylic and aerosol paint. He makes work that falls loosely between the genres of psychedelic, fantasy, and visionary art. He resides in Fort Collins, Colorado and spends his time glassblowing by day and painting by night. Traveling the country live painting at music festivals and visiting the National Parks.
"Elaine Alonzo is a self-taught artist, born and raised in Austin, Texas; her often abstract work interweaves surreal realities, cultures and symbolism."
I would hope my art could bring people to a higher place, as if they are viewing the world from a mountaintop, where it all starts to become more of one being, one giant puddle of existence.
When I draw, I find myself slowly escaping to this place, where I am everything and nothing at all. Emotions, faces, and memories are all flowing together, naturally growing from the roots.
Jason Bild Smith is an Austin-based artist primarily focused on geometry and how it can be integrated with organic forms and surreal environments.
Jeremy Legge, spent most of his artistic life surrounded by the culture of hip hop and graffiti. After experimenting with the different forms and styles that graffiti offered, his art took a psychedelic twist. Being inspired both artistically and metaphysically from the visionary art culture / sacred geometry, his style takes on a transcendental identity. With the exquisite celestial, dimensional, and geometrical properties, his art will surely make you question things a bit deeper.
Jake Amason is an acrylic painter from Denver, Colorado. He studied computer graphics and 3D animation for several years before deciding to drop out because of a new addiction to paint arising from long render times that consumed his slow computer. Jake considers Photoshop to be his art teacher and taught him a visual language that prepared him for traditional media. Through sculpting in 3D programs such as Maya, Cinema 4D and ZBrush, he gained experience manipulating massive dimensional virtual worlds compressed into a two-dimensional plane before ever touching the canvas. These environmental textures and understanding of dramatic depth are used in rhythmic patterns to direct the eye through the space over time to animate a still image.
Johnathan Singer’s entrepreneurial spirit was so focused that by 24 he’d begun publishing a socially conscious lifestyle magazine in Southern California called “West Side Life.” This exposed him to a wide range of artists, musicians, presenters and live performance experiences. His first inspirations were the music of the Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, John McLaughlin, and the art of luminaries like M. C. Escher, Gustave Klimt, Alex Grey, and Salvador Dali. Those early influences combined to instill a deep need to connect with audiences by recreating the mystic journey.
Moved to become a visual artist in his own right, he began performing real-time multimedia light shows for the musicians he’d met while publishing the magazine. Pushing the boundaries of technology, his presentations led to a new art form incorporating CGI, texture maps, custom 3D animations and special effects to inspire his audience’s visual and auditory experience. He initially built his reputation in the transformational music scene working closely with Alex and Allyson Grey on performances themed around their art.
Johnathan has never stopped evolving and exploring new technologies which empower him to take the journey deeper, and in recent times has realized his dreams of working with some of the most highly regarded musicians in their field, adding his flair to enhance their iconic shows. His collaborations in 2015 are particularly noteworthy, as he provided imagery for the music on the Grateful Dead’s 50th Anniversary Fare Thee Well dates, The Dead & Company tour, and also Red Rocks, Thalia Hall, Camp Bisco, and more with Tipper.
Love Light Leslie (Caneda)
Leslie Caneda's artwork signifies vitality, positivity, and light as it is happening. The coasts of Hawaii and South Carolina and her love of live music influence her use of vibrant colors, charming designs, and a touch of whimsy. Each stroke is representative of all the unseen and tangible interconnectedness of our world, imagination, and the canvas.
Morgan Mandala was born and raised outside of Chicago, Illinois,USA, but has called the front range of Colorado home for a decade. She is most well-known for live painting, circular canvases, and imagery of fantastic naturalism combined with geometry. Morgan has toured throughout the United States and beyond the borders, teaching, painting, and constantly learning, often in collaboration with artist and partner, Randal Roberts.
Morgan earned a double BFA in painting and art History with a minor in philosophy at Colorado State University. Her studies sparked her interest in the relationship between art and spirituality, and how this relationship manifests itself throughout global cultures with special interest in shamanism and plant medicine.
Morgan's early history as an artist was characterized by naturalistic drawings, however this changed as she began to focus on painting in college as a meditative and healing practice. This lead to studies in color vibrational theory, and ultimately, the creation of mandalas.
Many paintings are informed by her world travels, symbolic studies, and experiences with plant medicine. With these influences, Morgan continues exploration of the relationship between art and spirituality through many facets. Ayahuasca Ceremonies in the Amazon Jungle, exploring the carved hallways of Angkor Wat in Cambodia, viewing the sculpted landscapes and carved deities of Bali, Indonesia, and living by the Rocky Mountains are all characteristic elements and themes that inspire Morgan's paintings.
I am a New York artist, who has spent most of my efforts on creating visual arts. I currently make a living as a tattoo artist and am working hard to push my painting career simultaneously... I do also enjoy experimenting with dance and musical arts as well.
I pledge to do my best work for the highest good, & to practice my art as a way of awakening myself and others.
I offer myself and my materials to divine influence.
To You; cherished friends and family; to the beautiful, absurd, creative flow and language of the universe; and to the global Love Tribe – gone, living, and to be:
I love you, and do my best for you.
While it usually comes out as spacescapes infused with light-emitting geometry, or otherworldly organic forms meeting future machinery, my work is simply about finding balance between all. Imagination can be the same as experience on canvas, which is why music is one of my biggest inspirations. If you listen close enough, sound takes the most lovely shapes and colors. I’ll always enjoy the experience of painting at shows. The energy and interaction is what art is all about to me… So let’s talk sometime.
I came to this planet in 1989. Still don't know exactly where from.. I am a self taught artist currently residing in Austin, TX. Through painting, i use many different mediums to create visual puzzles for the viewer to decipher with an in depth look into something more. not exactly sure what that means, but i hope you enjoy the journey.