Gabriel Asoka, also known by his moniker, The Mazeking (飛龍), is an American artist born and raised in Maryland. For more than three decades Asoka has been creating his provocative and energetic works. Asoka started making art as a young child and has continued throughout his life. At age 7, he became interested in ancient philosophy and esoteric concepts, which continue to inspire & inform his works. At age 15, he started taking college classes around his high school schedule, studying science and philosophy. After high school, Asoka briefly worked for a bank for several months before leaving to pursue work in the motion picture industry as a way of supporting himself and further exploring visual imagery; working on films including, Mars Attacks, Flags of Our Fathers and Beautiful Daydreams. In 1998 he officially declared his career path as a painter and fine artist, and went on to produce a series of oil and acrylic paintings on canvas. In 2002, he had his first solo exhibition in Los Angeles. In 2008, while traveling overseas he had a NDE, afterwards changing his name as an act of renewal. Asoka utilizes various mediums in the process of creating works, including oil paint, acrylic paint, organic dyes, oil stick, tea dyes, crayons, graphite, charcoal, chalk, bamboo paper, gesso and handmade paper. His primary interest is imagery itself; and the exploration of his interest. Over the years, his art has been collected by private collectors from around the world. He currently lives and creates in New York City.

 

Education:

MIT • Certificate
Columbia College • MA
University of Maryland • BFA

University of London/NYU (Summer Program)• Film
Peabody Preparatory • Music Theory
St. Johns College (Summer Program) • Philosophy

Solo Exhibits:

2021 Myth of Pear, Mazetografica Online Gallery, NY

2021 Mind Collages, Mazetografica Online Gallery, NY

2020 Variations, Mazetografica Online Gallery, NY

2017 December Artist Open Studio, NY

2006 Light, The Don O’Melveny Gallery, LA

2003 Implicit, The Don O’Melveny Gallery, LA

2002 Snow, The Don O’Melveny Gallery, LA


Group Exhibits:

2018 Flatbush Artists Open Studio, NY

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

2017 Flatbush Artists Open Studio, NY

2016 Flatbush Artists Open Studio, NY

2015 Saturday Series, M3 Pop-Up Gallery, Paris, France

2003 Hollywood, The Don O’Melveny Gallery, LA

2002 Group Show, Open Studio, LA

2002 Launch Pad, The Don O’Melveny Gallery, LA

 

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:

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 License Collaboration, LA, CA

 

Music Recordings:

2006 Little Boy Blue (album)

1996 Selections (album)

1993 Time Portals (album)

1991 If I Seem (album)

1989 In December (album)


Auctions: 

2018 Surgeons of Hope Benefit Art Auction, NY, NY

2001 Bonham & Butterfield , LA, CA

2000 LA Shanti Gala Auction, LA,


Awards:

2012 IMAC Artist Creative Award

1986 United States Achievement Academy – US History

1986 United States Achievement Academy – World History