AURA has partnered with the Moksha Family Arts Collective in Miami to bring even more renowned visual artists to this year’s festival. During Perpetual Groove’s set, famed poster artist Jeff Wood will paint live in front of an audience for his first time ever, sharing a very special moment with AURA festival goers. In addition to painting live, visionary Michael Garfield will perform several sets of his unique electro-acoustic touchstyle guitar improv and share his thoughts during an intimate speaking engagement. A full list of the visual artists can be found below.
Tattooed Freak Of Nature,
Burner of Black Rock City,
Blip on the cosmic radar,
and every now and then, I create art.
Art is life.
Christian Jaxtheimer is a freelance Illustrator and painter living and working in Savannah, GA who started live painting in 2009. Opposing forces are usually at work in his art, coming together rather than driving apart. Jaxtheimer tries to bring out the beauty in everything from rigid geometry to soft feminine forms and is completely obsessed with color, shape and composition. Christian tries to intermingle all of these dynamics to create something that is both intricately detailed and boldly graphic. Above all else, he wants viewers to have fun with the themes that he explores in his works as he attempts to tell a story that is both ancient and futuristically interstellar.
Reinier Gamboa was born in Camaguey, Cuba in 1984. His first artistic influence was his father Rafael Gamboa whom he imitated through his early years of painting. In 1995 he moved with his family to Miami, FL and three years later attended the New World School of the Arts which provided the most creative and fruitful atmosphere a High School student could hope for. Thanks in part to the mentorship of Aramis O' Reilly, Tom Wyroba and Jim Hunter (R.I.P), Reinier was able to win a full scholarship to Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. At Art Center he learned how to expand on New World's foundation and absorbed crucial knowledge from teachers such as Kent Williams, Gary Meyer, Michael Hussar, Rob Clayton and Norm Schureman (R.I.P), amongst many other professionals in their field.
Michael Garfield is the Indiana Jones of live painting. Since November of 2007, he has set up his easel at events in a legendary range of situations, from raging basement clubs to NASA's Ames Research Center at Moffett Airfield, the Costa Rican rainforest to the deep Nevada desert – both onstage and off, and alongside internationally renowned visionary artists Alex & Allyson Grey, Mark Henson, Kris D, J Garcia, Oliver Vernon, Android Jones, Amanda Sage and Mars-1. He has been featured (in many cases, repeatedly) at numerous festivals, including Wakarusa, Sonic Bloom, Rothbury (as a part of IAMU), Global Sound Conference, Trinumeral, Bear Creek, Motion Notion (Canada), Gem & Jam, Geoparadise (Costa Rica) and Rocky Mountain Crystallization Festival...and has held live painting residencies for the Trilogy Lounge in Boulder, CO (February - August 2008), the Mondrian Hotel's Pere La Chaise Lounge in Scottsdale, AZ (March - May 2009) and ActionPacker Pro Productions in New Orleans, LA (Jan 2009 - Jan 2010). Recently he has assumed responsibility as a de facto journalist and organizer for the growing live art community with his Examiner interview series, The Field Guide To Live Artists.
Andrew Wagner is a visionary artist based in Savannah, GA. Fortunate enough to have been invited to paint live and display his art at Electric Forest, Rootwire, The Werk Out, Blackwater, The Magnetic Gathering, Bear Creek, AURA, Impulse and Gnarnia; he has also painted live at various music venues in Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Kentucky and Ohio. Andrew’s work is inspired by the love of nature, the loss of native culture and identity, the play between chaos and control, and the fallacies of the digital age.
An intergalactic graphic designer, illustrator and professional doodler, blasting into the scene under the name Azura, Allie P has further surrendered to her inner artist and found her muse in live painting. She aims for her images to move the heart in such a way you feel you can truly hear the colors and see the sounds. Her passion is driven by the love of her craft and the harmonious co-creation of art, music and joy.
New and innovative technologies are taking the forefront as a vessel for a grander spectrum of artistic expression. Olivia likes to use technology as her tool for creation, but the mixed media artwork she creates blends both traditional and digital. She finds solitude in working with more than one medium; this allows for a dynamic flow when creating a piece of art. Curry grew up in the forest filling her imagination with science fiction, fantasy and metaphysics, which paved the way for her artistic style. Olivia’s artwork is always evolving and aspiring to new heights.
Dean was born & raised in central Maryland. After a fun-filled journey through art school in Sarasota, FL, he discovered live painting and his Florida music family so he decided to stick around. Currently residing in St. Petersburg, Dean live paints as much as possible while working on album artwork and posters for bands like Dopapod, Robot Ears, Beebs & Her Money Makers, The Burnin' Smyrnans and many others.
Spawned and evolved in Richmond, VA long ago, Goatfaced wandered the lonely and dusty roads and cliff-sides in hopes of distributing the plague of imagery. Along the journey to spread such a disease, he came across a social and invasive medium of live art. Forcing himself into situations, he has been able to infect both those who least expect it and the ones who can see it coming directly for them. No one can help you now and what has been seen cannot be unseen. I am not sorry.
Brian Barnard is a North Florida native who has been creating art for as long as he can remember. However, he did not start painting until he was in college at FSU where he received a BFA with an emphasis in drawing and painting in 2004. For the last three years he has been using concerts and music festivals as inspiration for his live art. Blending diverse elements and themes into his colorful, abstract surreal creations allows him to connect with his audience on a basic subconscious level. Our collective consciousness, the mind’s eye and nature are frequent themes in his work.
Mike Mayoski is a Kansas City, MO native who over the last 17 years has traveled across the United States painting murals and conducting performance art. He has no degrees or juried awards. Never went to school. He just paints…a lot. Mike’s murals are in homes, restaurants, waterparks, shops and on alley walls and building exteriors. Springfield, IL is currently his home base. Right on Route 66 is where he works extensively, painting and filming his adventures. No project is too small or big, no distance too near or far.
Andy Reed (Infinite Geometry) is an artist whose visual alchemy captures a visionary journey through music into inter-dimensional landscapes -- with prismatic colors, geometric shapes and an ancient glyphic light-language amongst organic and terrestrial conceptions. Originally from northern New Jersey but now living in Asheville, NC, his work represents the energy of another realm, making you feel as though you are peering into another galaxy and understanding that there is a possibility for life outside that of which we are familiar.
Emily Kell’s art aims to articulate a sense of awe and beauty, and to ask all of those important questions, with an understanding that the answers are infinite. An artist from Alexandria, VA and currently living and working in Savannah, GA, Emily graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a degree in painting. When she’s not painting, she spends her time creating fun wearable art in the form of clothing and accessories and doing live painting and body painting for concerts and festivals. Her aim is to spread love and joy through my art and craft.
Well versed in an array of creative mediums, Chapin Mathews is pushing the traditional characteristics of design. Intrigued by the ambiguous studies of quantum mechanics and fractal geometry in correlation with culture’s constant battle for unity, Chapin’s space-scapes express a geometric, abstract world of an organized, vivid imagination. As the voices of duality ring clearly within the main stream, Chapin attempts to define the space between these natural opposing forces. Finding his muse in meditative visions, conscious decision collaborates with the subconscious intuition in a cohesive voice. By mixing organic surfaces texturized with geometric patterns and concepts of separation in collaboration with unity, these contradicting visions become harmonious
illustrations to help break the misconception of dissolution.
“When I pick up a paint brush I lose time. I fade away in my subconscious, indulging in the creative forces that lay there. My mark making is an organic free flow of gestural shapes. Through automatism, my mind and hand are free to move about the canvas creating what they deem possible. I am a secretary to my thoughts and the events happening around me. I choose to focus primarily on nature and the organic quality of living, the expansion of human life and the decomposition of man witnessed through Mother Nature. Through extracting figures I find a closer relationship with them. By taking subjects out of their context and relating them to color, I find a new, more personal meaning. Through color theory and the manipulation of paint, I aspire to evoke human emotion. The paint is applied thickly, often by palette knife, and twirled together, mixing and moving on the canvas as it pleases. The under-painting is often revealed through the removal of wet paint in a staccato like motion. By activating the entire canvas, I take the viewer on a visual roller-coaster, going in and through the paint. Submerging thought and fluid movement into one.’
Katie Sandeen is a 3-dimensional artist, living and working in her native North Florida. The sculptural works she creates pay a physical homage to inspirations that lie in our human connection, as flesh and blood organisms, to the earth. Therefore, there is a direct correlation between medium and concept, as she works primarily in clay… quite literally, earth. By pushing and manipulating her medium to it’s breaking point and then carving her aesthetic designs with no particular plan, working quickly and engulfed completely in the present moment, she gives her pieces a style that is clearly organic, taking cues from the lines and forms of nature.
Throughout the years my life has prompted me to find avenues to curb my restlessness . This has resulted in many projects ranging from the constructing of hand made / painted beer pong tables to painted guitars and everything in between . Most of my work is to settle my soul and has been given as gifts . Although I don't completely support my life with my art I support my heart with it . Every project I take on is a reflection of how I see the recipient. This brings me closer to them and myself . Much love to you and yours. Be well my friends.
Patrick Anglin grew up influenced by the great Masters such as Salvador Dali and the surrealist movement, Pablo Picasso and his cubistic period and Claude Monet and his famous water lilly's. He was classically trained at a very early age, always drawing and painting to music and by the age of 12, Patrick had won a scholarship to the Huntington School of Fine Art by drawing a nude model with charcoal. He was more formally trained at the University of Hofstra where his art professors told him "we can teach you colors and lines but what you have inside you is unique," encouraging his personal style. In 2007, he saw his first live artist perform at Langerado Music & Art Festival - David Lebo – and it was there that he had found his path. With a style full of colors and narrative expressionism, he has been live painting ever since and continues to improve upon his technique to this day.
Missy Parker hails from Key West and studied art at New College of Florida. She has painted at various music events around Florida, including AURA 2012. Her current artistic interest muses on the spiritual experience induced by the vastness of nature. She links ideas of spirituality and spatiality in her work, and plays with symbolism, often in a humorous way. Her love of music is equally as great, and her approach to live painting is similar to musical improvisation. She finds it exhilarating to create spontaneous compositions, pulling from ideas and techniques she's recently been working with. She enjoys watching her paintings come to life along with the crowd.