Adrian Arias

Adrian Arias is an international multidisciplinary artist working at the intersection of visual arts, poetry, performance, and social justice. A descendant of the Mochica culture of ancient Peru, he embraces his culture’s use of dreams as a transformative catalyst between reality and imagination. This ancestral knowledge is used to connect artists and communities in collaborations that speak to equality, liberation, peace and beauty. He believes that creation goes beyond the result: that the fantastic is always written in the creative act. 

Arias has created large-scale murals for public and private businesses such as Google, the Luggage Store Gallery and The Magic Theatre. As co-founder of Mission Arts Performance Project MAPP, he conceptualizes and creates multi-sensory art experiences such as, VideoFest, Luna Negra, and ILLUSION show at the de Young Museum and other venues. Since 1999, Adrian has worked in big scale Altar installations for Day of the Dead exhibitions at San Francisco Symphony, Oakland Museum, MCCLA, and SOMARTS. Since the late 80’s he is considered a pioneer of video art and multimedia shows in Peru, his country of origin. His Tarot in Pandemic & Revolution, is a collaboration with sixty two visual artists and poets from the Bay Area, published by Nomadic Press.

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