With tremendous pain, I am drawing this life-size portrait of Jack, unstoppable poet, friend, and mentor, who rests in the pantheon of revolutionary poets.
December 13, 1933 – August 22, 2021
Jack and Adrián at the entrance of the Red Poppy Art House in 2004.
My first poetry reading in San Francisco was with Jack at Café Boheme in 1999
Gracias querido poeta
Adrian´s statement here
Tarot in Pandemic and Revolution
Adrian is the creator and curator of the Tarot in Pandemic & Revolution, a collective Bay Area Tarot deck with 23 visual artists and 34 poets, to be published by Nomadic Press in late 2021. Keep in touch to reserve your deck and poetry book.
complete list of visual artists and poets, and more information soon.
New Flower series
Anna Halprin, teacher and friend who is always with us. Her wisdom will continue to inspire us, to create artistic spaces that help us reconcile life with the body, humanity with social justice, inner strength with the energy of our senses. Thank you Anna for everything you gave us.
Adrian last 15 minutes collaboration online with Darren Johnston in trumpet, Shania Rasmussen in dance and Amy Seiwert as producer. February 2021
“Adrian´s Art in Pandemic & Revolution” a virtual exhibition, at the Red Poppy Art House in San Francisco.
Dance and painting collaboration with Mimi Cezanne Stoll at the Red Poppy exhibit “Adrian´s Art in Pandemic & Revolution”
Another mural at Grand Ave in Oakland, supporting local business
New temporary murals at Lakeshore in Oakland
@ Good Vibrations, first sex-positive and women-friendly store in the United States, founded in 1977 by Joani Blank. In 1992 it became a cooperative of its workers and in January 2012 open its 6th store in Lakeshore Ave. in Oakland, where this temporary mural is located. As part of their recognition as a leader in sex-positive culture and education, GV received a Certificate of Honor from the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
Last live-performance-painting @ Machina Loci Space in Berkeley
50 seconds time-lapse here
New Mural @ Machina Loci space in Berkeley. Life is a Treasure was a live paint improvisation, for 3 hours while Anais Azul played music on September 27th 2020.
Thanks to Carol Mancke for the commission to create this piece.
You can see 3 hours work in one minute time-lapse HERE
Also here the Adrian Time-lapse collection and more in his VIMEO page
Adrian Arias is an American poet, visual artist and performer. He was born in Peru and has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2000. Adrian reinvents animals, creates dream-based languages and codes, explores the absurd and the surreal visually and creates paintings in action and murals related to the pandemic and the social revolution that we are experiencing.
Adrian use movement as a form of art, as a choreographer and visual poet. Adrian is also a cultural promoter, art teacher and artivist actively working in the community, receiving commissions to create murals in the San Francisco Bay Area and other parts of California.
Letter A as part of Black Lives Matter on the asphalt of Petaluma Public Library
“8:46” Altar installation for Day of the Dead at SOMARTS San Francisco, 2020
Mural commission in San Francisco’s Chinatown.
“Adrian Arias, the ever brilliantly inventive poet of the gesturing Word” Jack Hirschman, poet and activist, San Francisco Poet Laureate.
Adrian lives and works in Oakland, California.