M i k e G a r i b a l d i
Mike is the guiding force behind the inspirational community art movement, EvolveArts --
his life's work and ongoing creative vehicle. In 1990 Mike formed EvolveArts to bring provocative public art installations out of galleries
and museums and into open, public spaces for everyone to enjoy and interpret. The installations are designed to catalyze action, rekindle human
connection and stimulate thoughtful and positive attention on important social issues by weaving together art, culture, community and media in constructive forums.
Today, EvolveArts has grown to provide an interactive cultural forum on the Internet, present thought provoking public art to thousands
of people in busy metropolitan areas and produce compelling cultural books and documentaries.
To date, Mike has sculpted seven life-sized statues for the Rising installation, over
fifty giant 3 1/2 ft. sand dollars for the Dollars for the Environment project and is currently traveling with
Dialogue Project, consisting of nine 7 X 8
foot screens with inspirational quotations and lifecast faces on them.
continually expanding the scope of these existing projects, he is also working on new projects addressing
issues ranging from race relations to economic parity. In addition to lifesized statuary, Mike also creates
sculpture pieces from found objects such as one of his favorite mediums: sea shells - including two incredible art cars covered in intircate sea shell mosaics. His work can be found in
collections throughout the United States.
Mike graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with honors in the Social Sciences where he
focused on studies in art, politics and the media. Mike has explored art and culture throughout
the world, but most of his technical training has been acquired through innovation, experimentation and personal
experience. As an innovative, contemporary social artist, he has gained critical acclaim from
patrons, media and community members alike for his unique and creative vision.
While growing-up I was surrounded by art and the ideal of "living life artfully."
This means living each day with enjoyment and appreciating the good and beauty of the world.
adversity - we all know life can be a struggle - but I feel that through art, friends, family and other personal
avenues we can transcend the trials of life and live with true understanding, hope and pleasure... with romance. As
provincial Italians would say, "Spretzaturra!" (meaning, the art of being artful). This is the spirit I'd like to
- Mike Garibaldi