Art, The Taino Way
by Michael Casiano
Michael Casiano Art Biography
I come from Puerto Rican roots. I was born and raised in Sunset Park, Brook-
lyn. I've been expressing myself through art since I was a teenager. It wasn’t something I did consciously, it came to me naturally. I took a hiatus for fifteen years, but recently felt the need to get back to my calling.
Since 2011, I have created over 200 pieces. I now feel light, at peace, and my happiness is overflowing. I feel whole again. This is my life and while sharing my spiritual vision, it puts me and others in a special place. As you look deep into my work, you will see truth in so many ways.
My first oil piece, an Aries ram, was painted in 1990. From that day forward I knew that was what I always wanted do: create what I believe in, using bright colors that stand out and attract the eye. My creations on canvas are very spiritual to me and tell a story influenced by the Native American and Taino Indian heritages.
In December 2011, I was introduced to Joann Jimenez and DJ Antonio Ocasio of WEPA NYC. They are cultural and musical preservationists who bring people together to honor our roots and pay homage to our ancestors through music, drumming and dance. They provide a foundation and shrine to experience the true meaning of tradition, joy and freedom. Imagine my reaction when I received an offer to paint live at their events and then become their resident artist?! I’m thankful to align with those who reflect who I am. This blessing has opened many doors for me.
Knowing that one of my pieces is placed on someone’s wall is the best feeling in the world! I appreciate all who have supported me in the past and who continue to… The Taino Way.
Michael Casiano Timeline
May 2012 - Live Painting at “The Blend” – a show curated by rawartists.org - an independent arts organization, for artists, by artists.
October 2012 - Live Painting and 2 Month Exhibit at “Latino Heritage Art Exhibit” – curated by Medgar Evers College
April 2013 - Solo Art Exhibit at “The Taino Way” - curated by WEPA NYC in a dance studio in Brooklyn.
October 2013 - Live Painting and 2 Month Exhibit at “Creative Expressions of Latino Identity” – curated by Medgar Evers College for Hispanic Heritage Month.
November 2013 - Live Painting and Exhibit at “Viva La Raza” – curated by Stony Brook University
March 27, 2014 - Art Exhibit at the 1199 Union Building Gallery on 310 43rd Street, NYC. (5-8pm)
May 9, 2014 – Art Exhibit that introduced up-and-coming artists on 39 West 19th Street, 5th floor. (8pm-12am)
July 3rd 2014- Live Painting at the Dance Ritual Annual NYC boatride with Louie Vega. – curated by Louie Vega productions.
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