Rhythm and Hue

Ben Lippert

Ben LippertJuice Editor

There are several types of artists in the world. Some of them share their talent through painting, others through music, and some through dance. David Garibaldi combines all three, for one of the most unique shows you will ever see.

Garibaldi became a YouTube sensation for his “speed painting” style.

In roughly five minutes Garibaldi turns a blank canvas into a stunning portrait. These portraits range from people like Einstein to Lady GaGa.

With paint buckets on either side of him and a six-foot tall, sheet-like canvas set at center stage, Garibaldi jumps, ducks and spins to music while splashing paint everywhere. The end result is a work of art.

“The way that I paint is really weird, and I just want to make sure that people can connect,” Garibaldi said.

Originally from California, Garibaldi’s act has taken him all across the world. On Feb. 17, the University Programming Council brought Garibaldi’s act to the Performing Arts Center to share with a crowd of students and Brookings community.

“I believe they (UPC) saw me at NACA, which is a national performing arts festival for colleges,” Garibaldi said.

At twenty-eight years old, Garibaldi has some very ambitious goals. One of them is to raise one million dollars for charity before turning thirty. He’s well on his way with over 700-thousand dollars raised so far.

Along with his charity work, Garibaldi is also a motivational speaker.

During his performances he talks about how he got his start in art from painting graffiti on the streets of California to a becoming a renowned artist and evangelist.

His message is that you can do anything if you put your mind to it.

His inspiration to “create, not just paint,” came during his junior year of high school from an art instructor.

Since then Garibaldi has worked really hard to make a name for himself.

He started at night clubs and eventually worked his way to national touring and large-scale performances like his collaboration with Disney for “Epic Mickey,” a brick wall mural.

Garibaldi said the only issue he has noticed is getting crowds to come to his shows and performances.

“It’s hard to explain it, you know?” Garibaldi said. “It’s like you say there’s this painter guy… well that could be anything!”

Garibaldi said if he can get crowds to come to the show, they will get it. He said it takes some warming up usually, but people will understand the message if they just give it a chance.

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