Artist – Joel Harris Will be showing his work in the art show on September 8, 2012!
It was on a journey on The Camino de Santiago de Compostela, where I understood clearly that I am an artist. Seeking clarity in my life, I had quit my job, sold everything I owned, and traveled to France and Spain to volunteer on organic farms. While there I hiked 350 miles across Northern Spain along this ancient pilgrimage route. I had time to think about my life without distractions and I realized how much I loved art. I had been drawing since I was a child and always loved looking at art, learning about art, and using my imagination. It gives me a feeling of freedom when I am involved in creativity.
Upon returning from Spain, I moved to Portland, Oregon where I started experimenting with watercolor and acrylic paint. In 2003 I began showing my artwork in cafes and restaurants. Within the year, I had paintings on display in several galleries in Oregon and Northern California.
Ra Ra SuperStar
Ra Ra Superstar will be in the Venice Beach Music Fest 7 art show, September 8, 2012
Internationally Known - Japan - Holland - LA - Italy - NYC - Miami - Jamaica - Africa and if u really want to know about me read on MOST PEOPLE WANT TO KNOW HOW I STARTED TO PAINT . SINCE ITS SUCH A BIG PART OF MY LIFE . well I WAS IN NEW YORK TRYING TO FIND MY SELF I WAS SLEEPING ON THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE WITH MY DRUM AND MY SUITCASE AND I MET AN ARTIST. HIS NAME WAS PEP. I SPeNT 7 NIGHTS ON THE BRIDGE PEOPLE WOULD COME AND BRING ME FOOD AND DRINKS AND ALL KIND OF KIND GESTURES .EVEN THE PEOPLE WHO SOLD FRUITS AND CAKES IN MANHATTAN 3 TIMES A WEEK SAW ME LIVING ON THE BRIDGE AND THEY ALL GAVE ME FREE FOOD WOULDN LET ME PAY I WOULD DRUM ALL DAY AND ONLY LEAVE THE BRIDGE TO EAT AND USE THE RESTROOM. I GOT TO KNOW THE JOGGERS, TOURIST AND THE PEOPLE WHO COMUTE EVERY MORNING AND WOULD SEE ME STILL SLEEP WITH MY DRUM IN MY ARMS ON THE BENCH IT WAS HARD BUT I BIRTH MYSELF AND IN MY DARKEST MOMENT PEP SHOWED UP AND OFFERED ME A NIGHT AT HIS HOUSE TO REST AND EAT SO I WENT. I WAS AMAZED FROM THE MOMENT I WALKED IN HIS HOUSE HE PAINTED ON ALL THE WALLS AND THERE WAS NUDES HANGING ON THE WALLS EVERYWHERE AND HE LIVED WITH HIS AGENT WHO SELLS HIS ART TO HIS BUDDYS HE WORKS WITH ON WALL ST. IT WAS A FLASH AND I WANTED TO BE AN ARTIST FROM THAT MOMENT WELL I CALLED A FRIEND TO WIRE ME MONEY FOR A BUS TICKET THEN I WENT TO DETROIT AND I HIT THE LOTTERY AND ME AND MY DAUGHTER BOUGHT ART SUPPLIES AND PAINTED MY FIRST PICTURE TOGETHER
venice beach california
international art superstar, i sam selling on venice beach for 14 years
born in denver, co 1982, audrey was always fond of art and drawing.
in school she won many awards and contests. audrey studied fashion
design at emily griffith opportunity school in 2005. in 2006, she
quit waitressing to pursue freelance art full time. she has shown her
work in galleries and in public forums all over the united states and
abroad, as well as doing many murals. now, living in california,
audrey shows her work regularly on the beach and enjoys the creative
environment in venice.
Brian Mylius will be showing his art at VBMF 7 on September 8, 2012!
art by sky will be showing on September 8, 2012!
Jean Paul will be showing on September 8, 2012!
I am me a sister, a daughter, a mother, a student, a teacher, an immigrant, a community organizer, a master gardener. I grew up in the MacArthur Park/Westlake community of Los Angeles. As a conscious and socially aware artist living in Los Angeles, what's most important to me is to use my art to share our stories, that of communities of color, low income, immigrant, those at the forefront of oppression and people's struggles, speaking about moving forward and healing. I paint because I like it, it makes me feel good. I love colors. I love expressing myself with images. I love art, specifically public art, anything that's out there for the whole community to enjoy and appreciate. I love using art to educate and inspire. I am inspired by my urban environment, cultural and social awareness and my spirit; ultimately I want to be able to not only make art but also to share what I know with the next generation of artists. Art and culture is for everyone not just the elite, rich or for enclosed gallery spaces where only a select few can see and appreciate it. I want to share art with everyone. I want to express people’s loves and struggles thru my art.
Alex Avila, originally from San Antonio, is a self-taught artist who made his start in art five years ago around the time he moved to San Diego. He quickly fell in love with the city’s raw urban landscape, and its juxtaposition to the gritty harshness of the streets and the way in which it cavorted with the utopian illusion of archetypal sunny beaches that cast a semblance of the “tourist’s playground”.
Alex Avila’s art is ironically showcased in the sense that it takes the spectator (the REAL tourist) and shows that the truth, beauty, and pulsating nerve of San Diego lies much deeper beyond the city as being a destination to witness jumping orcas, the zoo, and the beaches.
He draws his inspiration from what he sees while riding the city’s public transit, walking the streets, and cycling through the various neighborhoods. The accoutrements of humanity’s darker sides are revealed using singular and sometimes dual, bold colors against the brushings that build the bones of that humanity: pain, love, loss, monotonous toil, survival, and the grind.
Avila’s subject matter is rich in multi-cultural representations that stream through portraits as well as urban landscapes. His work is also wide-ranging in theme. An example of this is noted in his depiction of women: they are not only sensual, exotic beings, but they are also etherealized as matriarchal strongholds to their communities.
Avila’s creative spectrum extends beyond the canvas to film. This emerging photographer captures the realism and aesthetic wonderment of the streets, and utilizes shadow and natural light to convey his arsenal of emotions.
Avila’s work has gained national attention, as he showcased his artistic skills in professional sports through Pony. His exposure was further highlighted when New England Patriot’s head coach Bill Belichick presented wide receiver Randy Moss with a pair of athletic shoes designed by Alex.
As an artist, I strive to capture the underlying beauty of the city and its life in places where most people miss. I see it on the streets; be it via the egress of some power lines with a pair of dangling sneakers, a man in the bus who is frozen deep in thought, or planted within the familiar stance of a working mother waiting to take the trolley home. I get inspiration from the faces of those who suffer, who dream, and who live in cyclical monotonous. It is my mission to render my viewer into a tourist, and take him/her on a guided passage through my art that depicts beauty in otherwise abstract, and unfamiliar places.