Almost Real Things: Interact. We’ve curated our tour around the theme: Interact. This word has taken on a multiplicity of meanings this year, as we have all discovered new ways to connect, experience & participate. In crafting our Interact Tour, we focused on artists & collectives that came up with inventive ways for tour-goers to get involved in their process. From workshops & live artist talks to a secret art scavenger hunt, here are the stops we recommend interacting with:almostrealthings.com
Juan Carlos Villegas is a Colombian-American artist born in the city of Cali, Colombia, on May 25th 1987 into a family of entrepreneurs, artists, and musicians. With such a rich family environment, he quickly developed a deep interest in the arts, and with his vast imagination and dedication to drawing it wasn't long until his dad started calling him "el lapiz magico" (the magic pencil). In 2005 after finishing high school, Juan moved to Texas to pursue art, and enrolled at San Jacinto College in Houston. A few years later, he transferred to Sam Houston State University in Huntsville and he graduated in 2010 with a Bachelors in Fine Arts, focusing in drawing and painting. In 2014 after his daughter was born, Juan moved to Austin and found a place to call home. Juan's work has been exhibited and published in the Houston-Austin-Dallas areas, and he continues to showcase it to bring awareness of our connection to nature and its direct influence in our spirituality and evolution of consciousness.
Rosemary Allen is an Austin, TX based American artist, curator, & designer. Her mystical work is painted with the intention to invoke the power to heal and transform.
Art for the People
Paper artist and color lover. I create playful, whimsical designs from folded paper.
Six Square serves as a safe harbor to Black creatives, artists, and entrepreneurs by celebrating, preserving, and building a pipeline of sustainability and economic development for Black arts, history, and culture in Central East Austin.
The Mosaic Workshop at Something Cool Studios
J Muzacz is a mural painter, mosaic maker and public artist, alongside working as a community art advocate and educator. Originally from Houston, a graduate of the University of Texas with a degree in Sociology, Muzacz has since travelled extensively and lived abroad painting numerous large-scale murals in places as far reaching as Taiwan, New Zealand and Okinawa, Japan.
He is also co-founder of The Mosaic Workshop, an artist collective studio space at Something Cool Studios in East Austin where he teaches the process of public art from concept to completion through hands-on mosaic and mural painting projects of monumental scale. In the studio, Muzacz' brightly stylized stained-glass painting work and pixelated pop art mosaic pieces are inspired by his roots as a street artist.
Most recently, Muzacz is crafting extremely detailed pixel art mosaic spray can pieces which speak from authenticity about the tools of the trade, reimagining vintage paint brands such as Red Devil, Dutch Boy and Sparvar through to modern art paints such as Montana Gold, Kobra, Rustoleum, Krylon and Evolve in an unique and iconic new series.
Contact for sales, mural inquiries, commissions, or workshops through the artist website at https://jmuzacz.com
Austin,Texas has been my home since 2008. Hundreds of hours go into each piece, it's hard to appreciate their size and scope virtually. Many of my current works are based on street maps of Austin and surrounding areas. Do you recognize your neighborhood here?
We are three artists that paint, sculpt and write, and we are creating the world of a 100 ft. tall boy named Bobby. We believe in the kindness of humanity and its ability to rise up in compassion towards one another. The installations we create are designed to bring each visitor into the exploration of their own heart. To us there is nothing more important than course-correcting what we see as a global trend towards apathy, and to provide opportunities to the general public for introspection and awe.
April Garcia (b. 1978 in San Benito, TX) is an Austin based artist who loves to create soft sculpture art. Using fabric, fiber-fill, needle, and thread, she sews her fabric pieces by hand or with a machine. She sews colorful fabric shapes, attaching one to another until the bulging pieces are balanced with color and pattern. April enjoys allowing her sculptures to grow organically when she is creating and she allows her soft sculptures to morph into what they want to be. Her biomorphic soft sculpture work has an organic abstract look that resembles shapes found in nature or even something that might grow on another planet. She has been creating and exhibiting her art in Austin for twenty years and has several sculpture art pieces in the permanent collection of the Mexic Arte Museum.
Art of Austin
I was born in New Orleans and raised in an extremely rural area on the East coast. After high school, I transferred from studying painting at a local Community College to Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia. During my studies, I had the opportunity to study abroad in Rome and spent the last year of my residency studying under Stanley Whitney. I received my BFA in Painting and Art History and bounced around after graduation to a few different cities. I eventually found Austin 13 years ago and have been here painting and developing the web ever since.