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About David Garibaldi
Artists transform an empty canvas into a work of art through their skill, experience, inspiration and senses. David Garibaldi’s life and transition into a world-renowned performance painter is no different.
The culture and color of graffiti art served as an early inspiration for Garibaldi. Born in Los Angles, he later moved as a youth to South Sacramento. It was here that he learned to enjoy the use of his hands and body through art on “larger and somewhat illegal canvases” by painting graffiti as an angst teen. Graffiti artist and high school dropout, he was living day-by-day. The only constants in his life were music and art.
Art was an ever-present part of Garibaldi’s life. From the moment he picked up a crayon as a young child and started to draw, he knew his passion for creating color and images would serve a greater purpose. Creativity surrounded him through his father’s music and dance and his mom’s work as a beauty stylist. Garibaldi picked up his first instrument, a trumpet, in fourth grade and shortly after developed a love for the beats and rhythms of hip hop.
He took the initial first strokes and steps by combining rhythm and hue, music and color, while listening to hip hop icons Run DMC and Snoop Dogg and painting graffiti with his middle school friends. Music remained a big part of his life joining high school hip hop dance group, Boogie Monstarz, but art became a more predominant force in his life as he perfected his skill in high school courses.
As he matured, so did his skill. By 2003, Garibaldi began his personal Harlem Renaissance by moving from graffiti to canvas and pulling from the cultural influence of jazz and its smooth sounds. It was then that he saw “something bigger.” That inspirational and influential moment hit him while first viewing the work of Denny Dent and continued as he developed his personal faith. He discovered himself as an artist and a person; he discovered how he would live his life with passion and purpose.
Garibaldi had always combined his passion for music and color, or rhythm and hue, in his artwork. But it wasn’t until viewing performance painter Denny Dent’s portrait of Jimi Hendrix that Garibaldi discovered how his passion for paint and music could be an inspirational experience for more than just himself. He discovered music-driven-art, and in some ways it discovered him, revealing a portrait of passion and purpose.
Garibaldi’s synergy of music and art is what makes him unique as a painter and a performer.
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