Performance artist David Garibaldi will paint live at Iowa State on April 6

AMES, Iowa -- Artist David Garibaldi, who works live on stage to music to create six-foot portraits of pop icons in minutes, will be at Iowa State University on Tuesday, April 6. His one-of-a-kind, "Rhythm and Hue: A Live Painting Performance with David Garibaldi," will be at 9 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall. His performance is free and open to the public.

While in high school, the native Californian walked away from a life of graffiti in the streets and turned his influences of hip-hop culture into a positive direction. A few years later, he was painting live at urban jazz sessions, nightclubs and hip-hop events, creating a buzz about his work along the way.

After becoming familiar with the paintings of performance artist Denny Dent, Garibaldi was inspired to develop his own performance pop art show, "Rhythm and Hue." While painting the portraits on stage, Garibaldi shares his story of living the life of a graffiti rebel until a high school teacher challenged him to make his art more purposeful. His message: Live your life as a platform and live with passion and purpose.

Garibaldi's success has led to touring as Blue Man Group's opening act, a collaboration with the clothing line Goodie Two Sleeves; and work with Fortune 500 companies, charities and celebrities like Carlos Santana. Videos of Garibaldi's show are at

Garibaldi's performance is cosponsored by the Student Union Board and the Committee on Lectures, which is funded by the Government of the Student Body.

More information on ISU lectures is available at, or by calling (515) 294-9935.