Best Use of Paint and Improvisation Since Jackson Pollock - 2013
Hypnotic improviser Tigre Bailando is his own work of art. Using his body as a canvas, the artist/dancer/preschool teacher greets each day with a new design in a practice he calls "Everyday Warrior" to honor the ceremonial painting of indigenous peoples worldwide. He names mythology, graffiti, poetry, folktales, cultural artifacts, and the natural world among the multitudinous inspirations that radiate out in his prints, sculptures, masks, jewelry, paintings, and digital art. As with all improvisation, the watchword is "play," to which Bailando contributes a reverence for ritual and the understated power of one who makes peace his primary offering. Bailando performs regularly at People Party at the New Parish.