Global Arts and Cultures

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An Evening with International Mural Artist Gaia

Artist Talk

Tuesday, April 7

Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center/RISD Museum

Artist Gaia, discusses his international street art practice, including his Providence mural, Still Here, commissioned by The Avenue Concept, a Providence-based non-profit nurturing and supporting public art ecosystems. Integrating research and Rhode Island community engagement, Gaia's mural evokes questions of social equity, historical erasure, and cultural preservation. A panel composed of leading creative thinkers will discuss the human encounter of art as both a post-colonial activation and a pedagogical disruption to consider how artists thoughtfully execute projects that impact beyond local communities for universal connections.

Presented + co-sponsored by RISD Global Arts & Cultures (GAC) and the RISD Museum in partnership with The Avenue Concept

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is requested and will be open MARCH 1st.


Gaia grew up in New York City and is a 2011 graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art with a Bachelor in Fine Arts. His studio work, installations and gallery projects have been exhibited throughout the world most notably The Baltimore Museum of Art, Rice Gallery in Houston, the Palazzo Collicola Arti Visive in Spoleto and the Civil and Human Rights Museum in Atlanta. His street work has been documented and featured in several books on urban art, including Beyond the Street: The 100 Leading Figures in Urban Art, (Berlin, 2010) and Outdoor Gallery (New York, 2014). Gaia was listed as a 2015 Forbes 30 Under 30 in Art and Style recipient in Art and Style and was a Fullbright beneficiary to study and paint in New Delhi and Bogotá on behalf of the State Department. In addition to a prolific and precocious artistic practice, Gaia has curated projects funded by the National Endowment for the arts, and consults with brands and NGO's on creative place-making projects. Gaia lives and works in Baltimore, Maryland, but spends a majority of his time painting murals across the world and has produced works in all six habitable continents.