During his visit on October 25, Paul Deo will talk about the history of murals and present his work during a jointly hosted LFP and Harvard Ed Portal conversation that is open to everyone. The event will be moderated by local artist and Harvard University Extension School student Charity Everett.
Presented by: Learning From Performers
Admission: Free; seating first-come, first served, subject to venue capacity.
He will return in January during Wintersession’s JAMS! (January 18 and 19) to work with students and community members on developing a local mural, which will be completed in April.
Artist Paul Deo has been called a “visionary” for his fine art, murals, films, installations, technology, performances and texts about indigenous cultures and cosmological expression. But he is probably best known for the mural Planet Harlem, depicting luminaries who shaped Harlem’s history and culture. “I create art that evokes the collective, drawing upon ancestral oral tradition as well as threads of modern mythology,” says Deo, who has dubbed himself an “astral angel.” “My murals, multimedia projects, sculptures and canvas works establish a space for communal dialogue about history and imagination, magic and self-expression. I tell stories that seek to engage and inspire as many communities and individuals as possible.”
In projects with University of Pennsylvania, State Parks of New York and Brooklyn Arts Council, Deo has depicted heroic icons and “astral prophets” in his work. He grew up in New Orleans and Brooklyn, and studied computer science in college. “Trust your subconscious mind” is a slogan often used by Deo in explaining his perspective on life and art.
Paul Deo’s residency is a partnership between the Office for the Arts at Harvard and Harvard Ed Portal.