Thursday, June 4, 2009

Featured Artist: LICHIBAN:: Brooklyn, NY

Lichiban is a Brooklyn-based self-taught visual artist, illustrator, curator, and full time creative hustler. She was born in a border town in Hungary and from early on she acquired a fascination with borders, limits and ambiguous dividing lines; her experiences on the margins of cities, countries and subcultures eventually formed into a semi-consistent life philosophy, which continues to inspire her creative development.Her images draw inspirations from a wide range of extraordinary life experiences and impressions, such as her childhood memories of Eastern-European folktales and animations, her studies in Sufism and her travels to war-torn countries (Bosnia, Kashmir, Eastern Turkey), her volunteer work with refugees and trauma victims and from meeting exceptional people. Her experiences led her to a deep appreciation for people and their stories, which expresses itself best in her love for faces.

Her work draws on elements of tribal & religious art, comics & animations, symbolism, surrealism, erotic and fantasy illustration. Her passion for music, erotica and the mystical sciences reflects vividly in her most recent work. Most recently, she has been working on developing a number of feline superheroes to visually narrate her mystical mythology. Their first representations were revealed at her recent art show, THE SECRET LIVES OF SAMURAIS FROM THE LAND OF ETERNAL LOVE, which was about the heart chakra symbolically represented by my feline samurai, Lotusheart.

She has exhibited her work in New York, Washington D.C., San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston and in Wilmington and has been leaving her trace around at various live art events in New York City. She has been featured in CLAM Magazine, TRACE Magazine blog, Limite Magazine, PEP! Magazine blog, Leisure LAB, and Dope Swan among others


I am a spiritual animal with a human imagination. A embodied light-being journeying to the original source by way of creating realities through colors and images. Reality and time are mental concepts we are ready to experience-art is a way of becoming the master of one's universe. My creativity is a divine gift given to every single child, and my life as an artist is the gradual unfolding of that gift. My works are intended to be spirit-transformers or gateways to a vibration field I am here to manifest. My felines represent different evolutionary stages on the way to the ever-flowing nectar of immortality. My art is a way of riding the inner tiger. Freedom is in the heart of the beholder.

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