Photos by: Yanina Goldstein
We were lucky enough to have Keith Ciaramello, of Tattoos by Keith, head a workshop at Nova, last week. Keith is extraordinary in his abundance of energy, and boundless honesty.
A veteran in the game, Keith has over twenty years experience developing his vision- "faith, courage, integrity, and a commitment to the motivation and professional development of young artists." Funny how it rings like a mantra.
Utilizing his ability to both create art and teach it, Keith is set up in the center of the room, a group of ten artists sitting around him in a half moon. Ryan is painting Gaia, and Yanina and I soak in all the talent that surrounds us.
Keith leads the lesson with a laissez faire approach, reminding his students that their Frankenstein paintings are supposed to resemble the beginning of clay sculptures at this point, and to not take out their "darks". Keith's own style embodies a use of color so dynamic it punches you in the face, and isn't apologizing anytime soon. Roaming the space, I notice his students' works are equally striking, in all of their variants. Pops of color and gestural brush strokes mark thumbprints of originality.
After achieving many personal goals, Keith now focuses on "freeing creatives from any resistance that is stopping them from doing what they have been called to do," an unquestionably essential job.
Heal. Search. Expand.