Hip-hop’s raw vitality and potency are mirrored by the jagged, geometric form of David Garibaldi’s “DJ Jewel.” Formerly a street-graffiti artist, Garibaldi paints urban jazz and hip-hop influenced works. While painting onstage during musical events, Garibaldi was struck with the idea for his performance-art show, “Rhythm & Hue.” Garibaldi describes it as “a dance routine involving painting,” during which he thrills audiences by enthusiastically painting portraits in less than six minutes. During one show, he painted a work completely upside-down before revealing the image as Albert Einstein to an awestruck audience.
For artist and entertainer David Garibaldi, his paintbrush is his microphone. Garibaldi was a defiant Los Angeles street-graffiti artist until a sympathetic high-school teacher pointed him in a more positive direction. Garibaldi later painted in the studio and created artworks onstage during urban musical performances. This inspired him to develop his “Rhythm & Hue” show, which he describes as “a dance routine involving painting.” Accompanied by music, Garibaldi amazes audiences by energetically creating enormous pop-culture portraits in minutes. His renowned performances have been featured on TV shows, at charity events and in video games.