Gaia lives and works in Baltimore but spends most of the year travelling. These experiences enrich his artwork, which he began in earnest in 2007, on the streets of New York at the age of 17.
Gaia recognizes that street art is valuable to all artists and he perceives the genre as a movement defined by its relationship to the built environment as opposed to formal cohesion. The artist views street art as an umbrella category, one that must be illegal if it wishes to avoid entering the domain of muralism or advertisement. Methods of intervention and direct action are intrinsic to the urban landscape, from squatted slums to scrawled expressions of love, street art derives its inspiration from these negotiations.
Gaia has described his art as a constant effort to synthesize expressions of spirituality with political collision. The artist currently uses site and place as the foundation of his work, in which he seeks to create reflections in the public arena from an unabashedly outsider perspective.
The aesthetics and techniques Gaia incorporates relate more directly to an academic art education or fine arts calligraphic origin that reveals the startling roots of an underground graffiti and street art movement. The presence of this elusive but valid expression implies that both street art and graffiti are continuing to evolve as distinct art movements.
With an academic art background Gaia, finds it a staggering evolution that the origins of street art which are closer to fine arts both aesthetically and technically, are calligraphic, and have derived from graffiti which is an underground culture.
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