Dougie Padilla "Calaveras Tile Series" Ceramic Tile
Dr. Swami Lucky Dougie Padilla is a self-taught visionary artist of Norwegian/ Mexican/cowboy roots living in the wilds of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Pepin, Wisconsin, USA. In his 67 years he has lived in a tent thru a sub-zero winter, farmed soybeans, survived the psychedelic travails of Haight Ashbury, created and lost a million dollar a year business, trained with an armed underground anti-war/Chicano power cadre during the Vietnam war, meditated and lived with his guru in India, done thousands of drawings and paintings, and founded/co-founded numerous organizations and businesses, among them Art Jones Gallery, Art-A-Whirl, Grupo Soap del Corazón, The Borneo Group, Salon Artisimo, the Minnesota Men’s Retreat, Frontera Psychic Tarot, Satsang Tuesday Nights Meditations, Paris Northeast and, and Project Luna Brava. Among occupations he has counted artist and arts activist, farmer, blacksmith’s apprentice, jade cutter, sportswear designer, psychic/tarot reader, healer, arts educator, yoga instructor, carpenter, house painter, nurse’s aide, roofer, single father, and census taker. He learned to sight sing Bach cantatas at age 11, lasted two embattled years in college (1966-7), wandered schizophrenic on the streets of Chicago, had his first heart failure at age 20, helped birth his daughter in a rural commune, and coached and played soccer until his foot didn’t work anymore (age 50).