Gabriel Asoka Ra (The Mazeking)(飛龍), born in 1968 and raised in Maryland, is an American artist who has lived and worked in New York City since 2012, prior to that he studied, lived, and worked in Los Angeles, Chicago, Bangkok, and London. He is known for creating insightful and provocative artworks. He started making art as a young child and has continued throughout his life. After a dream one night; age 7, he started practicing yoga & esoteric forms of meditations and teachings. At age 11 he was diagnosed with Dyslexia, afterwards his family supported his choice to focus his time upon fine art, physics, cinema and philosophy. He started collage at age 15, studying history, science, and music theory. In 1993 he developed what he called the “Greatest Books List”, which is a list of over 200 books, that he believes are key in the development of attaining knowledge and critical thinking. In 1989 he started on a creative path in the motion picture industry, going on to work on several films including Mars Attacks & Million Dollar Baby among others. In 1998 he officially declared his career path as a fine artist and creator of things, and went on to produce a series of oil and acrylic paintings on canvas and paper. He had his first solo exhibition in 2002 in Los Angeles. In 2007, while traveling abroad he had a NDE, afterwards deciding to change his name as an expression of renewal. He is inspired by everything from, dreams to history. He places no labels or categories upon his work. He does not create art in classifications or categories, such as abstract or representational, stating ” Everything is abstract in a way and everything is not abstract in another way, It’s all perception and time”. He utilizes any medium, form, or style to convey a mood, concept, or meaning through his artworks. His primary interest is imagery itself, “My curiosity has always been imagery, shapes, colors; light. I love images, and light.” Over the years, his art has been collected by private collectors from around the world as well as being included in exhibitions. He currently lives and works in New York City.

 

Education:

MIT • Just Banking & Future Banking • Certificate

Columbia College • Masters of Art

Yale University (Summer Program) •Art

University of Maryland • Bachelors of Art

University of London (NYU Exchange Program) • Cinema

Peabody Preparatory of Music • Theory & Composition

St. Johns College • Philosophy

CCB • Science 

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

2021, Myth of Peår, The Chloé Virtual Gallery

2021 Mind Collages, Aurora Virtual Gallery

2020 Variations, Aurora Online Gallery

2017 December Open Studio, NYC

2016 Consciousness, Zizzi Gallery, Portugal

2006 Impulse Resist, The Don O’Melveny Gallery, LA

2003 Implicit, Buddha Gallery, LA

2002 Snow, The Don O’Melveny Gallery, LA

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

2018 Flatbush Artists Open Studio, NYC

2018 New Yorker’s Show, Clouds Art Space, Tokyo, Japan

2017 Flatbush Artists Open Studio, NYC

2016 December Group Show, Zizzi Gallery, Portugal

2016 Autumn Group Show, Zizzi Gallery, Portugal

2015 Exposure-SeeMe Group Show, Louvre Museum, Paris, France

2013 Room of Things, Open Studio 2D, NYC

2012 Time Sq. Exhibit, SeeMe, NYC

2008 New Beijing Int’l Festival, China

2007 Big Gig International Festival, UK

2003 Hollywood, Don O’Melveny Gallery, LA

2002 Group Show, Open Studio, LA

2002 Launch Pad, Don O’Melveny Gallery, LA

2001 Spring Group, Don O’Melveny Gallery, LA

1998 Review, UM, MD

Art Installations 

PUBLIC ART INSTALLATIONS:

2017 Happiness Here Installations, NY, NY

2015 Love, Meaning, Sanctuary Installations, NY, NY

2015 Happiness Here Installations, NY, NY

2014 Happiness Here Installations, Paris, France

2014 Love, Meaning, Sanctuary Installations, NY, NY

2014 Happiness Here Installations, NY, NY

2013 Happiness Here Installations, NY, NY

2013 Happiness Here Installations, Chicago, IL

2012 Happiness Here Installations, NY, NY

Artist Collaborations

 

ART COLLABORATIONS: 

2018 NYC Fashion Film Director, Chavin Couture & The Mazeking, China

2015-2016 Art QA Magazine – Autumn & Winter Issues – Co-Editor, NYC

2014 Happiness Here Paris, Brandelet-Devineau/Somewhere & The Mazeking, Paris

2013 Street Poems, Marie Howe & The Mazeking, NYC

2003 Stella Adler Acting Studio, Showcase Director, LA

2002 Walt Disney-Burton Artist Collaboration, LA, CA

Cinema, Theatre and TV Works

 

CINEMA COLLABORATIONS:

2008 Get Smart

2007 Live Free or Die Hard

2007 Beautiful Daydreams

2006 Flags of Our Fathers

2005 Million Dollar Baby

2003 Confidence

1998 Species II

1996 Mars Attacks

1995 Boys

1994 Tony Kay’s Docu.

1993 Major League 2

1992 Guarding Tess

1992 Undefeatable

1992 Meteor Man

1992 Sleepless in Seattle

1990 Cry Baby

 

CINEMA DIRECTOR: 

2007 Beautiful Daydreams

2005 Prelude

2003 Resist

2003 Butterfly Poem

2003 B-Girls

2003 Brush 

1998 Sunlight 

1991 The Rest

1990 Abstraction 

1986 Indian Pipe 

1983 The Dark

1981 The Woods

1980 Battle of The Century

 

CINEMA PRODUCER:

2007 Beautiful Daydreams

2006 Popcorn Girls

2005 Prelude

2003 Resist

2003 Butterfly Poem

2003 B-Girls

2003 Brush

1998 Sunlight

1991 The Rest

1990 Abstraction

1986 Indian Pipe

1983 The Dark

1981 The Woods

1980 Battle of The Century

 

TELEVISION COLLABORATIONS: 

2009 Monk

2005 Explore (Pilot)

2004 NOW

 

THEATRE COLLABORATIONS: 

2003 Stella Adler Actors Showcase Director

1991 City of Life

1989 Time To Die

1989 Yerma

1989 Hamlet

 

Music Recording Artist Works

MUSIC RECORDINGS: 

2006 Little Boy Blue (album)

1996 Selections (album)

1993 Time Portals (album)

1991 If I Seem (album)

1989 In December (album)

1986 Life Live (album)

1985 In My Hands (Album)

 

Auctions, Awards, Education

AUCTIONS: 

2018 Surgeons of Hope Benefit Art Auction, NY, NY

2001 Butterfield & Bonham, LA, CA

2000 LA Shanti Gala Auction, LA, CA

 

AWARDS:

2012 IMAC Artist Creative Award

2007 California Film Commission Location Award

1986 United States Achievement Academy – US History

1986 United States Achievement Academy – World History