World renowned artist David Garibaldi visited EWU Oct. 7 to perform his show “Rhythm and Hue.”
According to his website, Garibaldi was born in Los Angles and began painting at a young age. He moved to Sacramento where his art turned into a positive influence after giving up his life as a graffiti artist. Though he couldn’t graduate from high school because he missed too many years, he still wanted to be an artist and follow his dream.
In 2003, Garibaldi started painting on canvas in night clubs, at hip hop events and at other such places. He “let the music paint the portrait” when he performed live.
His popularity increased as more people watched his shows. Soon, he performed at a variety of venues, becoming known around the world.
During his performances, Garibaldi paints six-foot portraits of familiar pop icons while hip-hop music plays. He not only paints, but dances with the music while he creates the portraits.
Recently, he opened for The Blue Man Group.
Garibaldi puts on a great show, while telling his life story.
At each performance, he shares his message with everyone in the audience. “Paint with passion plus purpose,” said Garibaldi. “Live your life as a platform, and live with passion and purpose.”
He has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charities through his shows and motivates audiences to follow their dreams, no matter how hard life may be.
His art ranges from portraits of various pop artists to Disney characters painted with his signature style. No matter what he paints, it is always to music.
He plans to continue as a studio and performance artist while teaching people to be who they want to be.
Garibaldi has even begun a brand of his own, which includes a clothing line, Official Disney Artist art that collaborates with the Disney Fine Arts Program, a documentary currently in production called “Walking Dreams” by director Chad Ross, and a new book coming soon.
“I just want to paint,” Garibaldi said during one of his shows. “I don’t do anything else.”
If you want to learn more about David Garibaldi or would like to find out where he is performing next, visit his website at garibaldiarts.com.