Gaia /   Andrew Pisacane

United States 1988


Andrew Pisacane
United States
October 24, 2015
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Gaia is a street art creative coming from the vibrant scene of New York. The artist named himself after the ancient mother of Earth in Greek mythology. But he was also inspired by the Gaia hypotheses created by scientist James Lovelock. According to his theory, Earth is a living, breathing organism infected by people like a virus, the same way people may be affected by the cold. The unusual connotation of the hypotheses attracted the young artist whose art contains a strong environmental undertone and is known to convey an end of the world feeling.

gaia's street art mural next to a gallery in Washington DC,
Gaia – Fishing, 2013

Portraying Human Path to Destruction

Andrew Pisacane aka Gaia was born in New York and grew up in the Upper East Side neighborhood to which he even dedicated a tattoo on his wrist. He began painting when he was in school and in 2007 he made his first wheat-pasting print of the side of his linoleum blocks. Gaia studied art at of the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland. At first, his artworks depicted humans morphing into animals but later on his interest spread to encompass a variety of issues that lead the human kind to destruction. Immigration, climate change, environmental degradation, urban blight, and gentrification all found their way to the artist’s pieces.

Mural Artworks by Gaia are often inspired by rich men and local figures

The artist was inspired by the city to create this beautiful street artwork
Gaia – Untitled

The Dark Side of Urban Development and its Key Figures

Gaia is particularly interested in the development of the big cities but also people who shaped urban environments as we know them today. That’s why his pieces often incorporate black and white portraits of rich men, planners, and politicians like Nelson Rockefeller, Henry Flagler or James Rouse who changed cities structure and become their eternal part. The artist always creates pieces with numerous social and political references about the neighborhood they were painted in. His artworks often highlight the diversity of New York’s natives who by coming from a variety of backgrounds and having different destinies. At times the only thing his characters have in common are the city they live in, the moment they came together and a place in a mural by Gaia. In 2015 the artist dedicated a series of his works to the immigrant crisis that still troubles the world today but simultaneously payed homage to his own Italian roots.

Gaia creates street artworks with numerous social and political references about the neighborhood they were painted in

Support gaia’s street art work on his gallery page
Gaia – Antiquesto Antiquello show at 999Contemporary, 2015

Critical Acclamation of Thought-Provoking Works by Gaia

Black and white portraits of important figures and community members are often juxtaposed with colorful images of flowers entangled together to portray the unity of all living beings. Apart from embellishing buildings around the globe, Gaia also produces a variety of studio works who nurture the same artistic approach. The artist has participated in numerous museum shows at Pera Muzesi, Istanbul, Palazzo Collicola Arti Visive, Spoleto, Baltimore Museum of Art and Smithsonian Museum in Washington. Body of work by Gaia was featured in solo shows in Huston, Chicago, New York, and Washington DC, among others. Apart from painting murals and creating indoor pieces, the artist also writes about art and curates show including Open Walls Baltimore project in 2012.

The artist lives and works in Baltimore, USA.

Featured image: Gaia – Portrait
All images copyright the artist

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2016Borders and Boundaries : A Multi-Disciplinary Exhibit St. Petersburg’s Street Art MuseumGroup
2015AntiquestoAntiquello, 999 Contemporary, RomeSolo
2015Co LabAthen B Gallery, San FranciscoGroup
2015Fall Into Street ArtPhiladelphia Museum of ArtGroup
2015Invisible CollegeFort Worth MuseumGroup
2015Persons of InterestUrbannation, BerlinGroup
2015Codici sorgenti, visioni urbane contemporanee Museo Palazzo Platamone, CataniaGroup
2014Cash, Cans and CandyErnst Hilger Gallery, ViennaGroup
2014Exhibit ZLibrary Street Collective, DetroitGroup
2013Show of HandsNelly Duff, LondonSolo
2013MarshlandRice Gallery, HoustonSolo
2012SGC International Student Fellowship Awardees ExhibitionWoldenberg Art Center, Tulane University, New OrleansGroup
2011Resplendent SemblanceMaxwell Colette Gallery and Pawn Works, ChicagoSolo
2011SuccessionIn/Flux project spaceSolo
2011SuccessionJonathan Levine GallerySolo
2011Street Art Saved My LifeCave Gallery, Los AngelesGroup
2011Tribute 2Irvine Contemporary, DCGroup
2011LAX/PDXTogether Gallery, PortlandGroup
2011Martha Cooper: RemixCarmichael Gallery, Los AngelesGroup
2011(e)merge Art FairIrvine Contemporary, DCGroup
2011On Every StreetSamuel Owen, ConnecticutGroup
2010The Reinvention of NatureGallery Heist, San FranciscoSolo
2010The Urban RomanticIrvine Contemporary, Washington DCSolo
2010PortraitsBrooklynite Gallery, New YorkGroup
2010A Cry For HelpThinkspace, Los AngelesGroup
2010The Next GenerationLondon Miles GalleryGroup
2010Dead Letter PlaygroundLeo Kesting Gallery, New YorkGroup
2010Street to the Cube941 Geary Gallery, San FranciscoGroup
2010Ephemeral BeautyGallery Heist, San FranciscoGroup
2010Living WallsEyedrum Gallery, AtlantaGroup
2010Street/StudioIrvine Contemporary, Washington DCGroup
2009Selected Works by Gaia and Imminent DisasterAd Hoc Art, New YorkGroup
2009Dark Pop 2.0Last Rites, New YorkGroup
2009Re-Up. Gallery1988, San FranciscoGroup
2009Street/StudioIrvine Contemporary, Washington DCGroup
2009From the Streets of BrooklynThinkspace, Los AngelesGroup
2008Poets of PasteAd Hoc Art, New YorkGroup
2008The Big IssueBlack Rat Press, LondonGroup
2008CorkedUrban Angel Gallery, LondonGroup
2008Dark PopLast Rites Gallery, New YorkGroup
2008Raw SkiesCarmichael, Los AngelesGroup
2008Power and CurrencyFactory Fresh GalleryGroup
2008Block PartyAd Hoc Art, New YorkGroup
2007UntitledAd Hoc Art, New YorkGroup