5 Captivating Live Painting Performances

Staff Writer By: Barbara Din



Image by Doug Kline (https://www.flickr.com/photos/popculturegeek/) under CC BY 2.0 license https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

I am a painter, but I also used to be a musician. I sometimes miss the energy that comes from performing live. So when I started to pay attention to live painting performances, being on the streets, galleries, museums or concert halls, I loved it. It's a wonderful addition to what can otherwise be a very lonely endeavor. Here are some great live painting performances that I wanted to share with you. Maybe one day I'll dare try it myself.

They seem to be so liberating for the artist; although I've never done a gig exactly like these, I can almost taste how they feel. But, don't be fooled; it's not enough to be a good painter, you have to be an entertainer too in order to capture people's attention, or you'll be alone when you finish your piece. Some refined their performances so much (and got a little lucky), they became celebrities, and they enjoy very successful careers.

There's always something magical, almost hypnotic about watching someone make a piece of art in front of your eyes. Sometimes you don't know what's going on until the last minute. Sometimes, you witness this amazing scene appearing out of nothing and you wonder how they do it, even when you are in fact watching it being done.

"Reach for the moon" is an artistic performance that was done during Artwynwood Artfair in Miami in February 2014. It follows the performance "Launchtime" that ©® did at LE CENTRE GEORGES POMPIDOU in Paris in December 2013. The main theme revolves around "THE APOLLO PROGRAM" and questions the relation between the historical facts, the hoax fantasy, and the reality that the astronauts went through to achieve the cold war main conflict and goal to "reach for the moon."

Some artists have rock star status and travel with their performances, but all around the world you'll find others who remain forever anonymous, making their art for tourists just to make ends meet. They are on the busiest cities' streets and on paradisiac beaches. Some will have the videos recorded from their painting processes go viral, yet people won't even learn their names.

Some are flashy and loud, some are more mellow, almost zen. I love it when the artist stereotype goes out the window. The truth is, artists come in all sizes, shapes and personality types. I hope this gives you just a quick glimpse to make you hungry for more and help you enjoy painting from a new perspective.


Barbara Din is a visual artist, graphic designer, painter, interior designer, crafter, musician and writer living in Argentina. Learn more about Barbara and her work at the following links: