Victor
Spinelli

Photographer, painter, sculptor, illustrator, writer & free spirit

I'll describe a little bit about my life below but I can say that art, which has profound significance, is very critical to our awareness on the planet. We live on a magical paradise which we call Mother Earth but seem to take her for granted. We must respect her in every way, and with good intention. A few thoughtful series of mine that I have created in the last several years emulate this belief. Most notably they are my: Crucifixion Series,  Beast of Burden Series, Balance Series and Read my Lips Series (Not shown).

One day, more than 20 years ago, after becoming a commercial pilot/instructor, I flew my Hot Air Balloon to almost 4000 meters as a jumping platform for sky divers. While descending, I noticed what looked like a high school from a mile up, and made my way toward it. I soon realized that it was a prison and almost landed within the guarded walls that had snipers in each corner. With a smattering of luck and some, in the moment, piloting skills, I edged the balloon over the walls and into the visitors parking lot. I am 100% & absolutely sure that I was the first balloon to park there. After landing, the warden and guards all had a laugh about my mile-high confusion, posing for pictures with the balloon. It was soon thereafter that I decided to sell the balloon and start traveling. Camera in hand.

 

During most of my adult life I have split my time between New York, Colorado, the Mediterranean and California. The photography skills and artistry I developed along my travels have evolved into several multimedia platforms such as film, commercials, music videos, documentaries, print campaigns and now graphic novels. Globetrotting through about 80 countries led me to Mykonos, Greece  where I first started making a living with my photography skills for three fabulous summers. After which, I was drawn to another island in the Mediterranean: Ibiza, Spain. While in Ibiza,

I was brought on board by Manumission, a surreal theatrical clubbing party, to document the inside of its production. Many of my photographs captured the “Fellini-esque” happenings of Manumission and have gone down in Ibiza lore.

Good fortune arrived in 2011 when I was graciously commissioned by Ibiza Rocks to outfit their newly acquired Pikes Hotel in Ibiza, Spain. Then, in 2013 a venture capital group  invested in my work and creative foresight and opened the first installment of “SPiN Galleries” in Shanghai, China. This was also a deeply appreciated blessing.

I earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in Architecture from the University of Buffalo, and honestly my only goal with this degree is to build a very unique, ecological and kick-ass livable tree house. Previously in high school I was merited with the title of Eagle Scout, the highest honor in Boy Scouts of America, and this has taught me how to live a rich and fulfilling life.

2022 will ring in the first edition of the SPiN Art Residency in Ibiza, Spain, (linked here) which I am organizing. Its objective is to help bring awareness to our worlds' population about the important issues on our planet, through art. Each selected artist will attend for free, to mix progressive ideas within this critical thinking bouillabaisse of artists. A symposium of ‘Art for the betterment of the planet’ will commence in April of 2022.

In 2019, I orchestrated the construction of an 8-foot wooden sculpture of my popular photograph “Diver UP” for Burning Man. The sculpture was torched on “The Mans” ashes after "he" burned to the ground. This symbolized a metamorphosis of not only the evolution of Diver UP, but also a demarcation point in my career thus beginning a new chapter within it.    Into the sunset……….

Please stay tuned for more new creative developments…

exhibitions

represented by

  • Tropic of Ouzo- Graphic Novel Launch- IT Mykonos, Greece July 2021

  • House of Abundance Group Show, Ibiza 2021

  • Half Baked Retrospective, Pikes Hotel Ibiza, July 2021

  • Tropic of Ouzo- Graphic Novel Launch- Paradiso Art Hotel, Ibiza July 2021

  • Ethereal Group Show -Ibiza- March 2021

  • WoW Ibiza 2021

  • Galleria d’Arte Portofino, Portofino, Italy 2020

  • Gallery Red - Private Air Terminal - Ibiza 2020

  • Gallery Red Mallorca, Spain 2020

  • Association Cultural Ibiza Natural - August -September 2020

  • Nagai, Ibiza. May 2020

  • Crucifixion Series, Xposed Gallery - Chelsea NYC Dec 2019-2021

  • Group Show- Not Another Art Show. Miami, December 2019

  • Group Show -Ethereal -Elements- Ibiza, November 2019

  • Group Show- Ethereal. Ibiza September 2019

  • Group Show- Coldwell Banker Opening- Ibiza Sept 2019

  • Burning Man - Diver UP 8 foot & Burned! Black Rock City 2019

  • SPiN Dome Exhibition. Pikes. Ibiza July 2019

  • Group Show- Ethereal- Who Cares- Cova Santa, Ibiza- July 2019

  • Tracy Park Gallery, Malibu, California June 2019

  • Aubergine- Atzaro - Solo Show Ibiza June 2019

  • Group Show -Ethereal-Las Dalias-Ibiza-May 2019

  • Me Hotel- Solo Show- Ibiza - May 2019

  • Maya Beach Club, Cala Vadella, Ibiza. Permanent collection, 2019

  • Group Show- Ethereal Ibiza April 2019

  • Min Art Museum Guadalajara, Mexico Permanent collection 2018

  • Group Show-Hospicio Cabanas, Guadalajara Mexico 2018

  • BoxPark Shoreditch, London. November 2018

  • BoxPark Croydon, London. November 2018

  • VW Contemporary, Group Show- Greenwich, Connecticut, Oct 2018

  • Paradiso Hotel- Permanent Collection Ibiza 2018

  • Ibiza Vibe TV Collective-Show launch- Ibiza, Spain May 2018

  • Market Art & Design Show- Bridgehampton Museum-Aced Gallery 2018

  • Revolver- Ibiza, Spain February 2018

  • ChaCha Gallery collection. Aspen, Colorado 2017

  • Scope Art Fair, Emmanuel Fremin Gallery December 2017

  • Spectrum Art Fair, Aced Gallery. Miami December 2017

  • Art Aspen, SPiN Galleries, Aspen, Colorado. August 2017

  • World Trade Gallery. Broadway. New York City. May 2017

  • Affordable Art Fair, SPiN Galleries, Hong Kong May 2017

  • GX Gallery, Denmark HIll, London 2017

  • Kevin Barry Fine Arts. Las Vegas, Nevada 2017

  • Art on Paper Fair. Pier 36. S Artspace Gallery. NYC March 2017

  • Scope Art Fair. Miami Beach. December 2016

  • Red Dot Air Fair. Bruce Lurie Gallery. Miami, Florida December 2016

  • Pier Antique Show. Pier 94 Bruce Lurie Gallery. NYC November 2016

  • London-Ibiza Collective Group Show-SoHo New York October 2016

  • Affordable Art Fair-Emmanuel Fremin Gallery. NYC. September 2016

  • Ginvi Gallery. Rotterdam, Holland. September 2016

  • Hidden From View, Pikes Hotel, Ibiza, Spain. July 2016

  • Art Hamptons, Bridgehampton, NY June 2016

  • Affordable Art Fair, NYC April 2016

  • Smith&Jones for “Love is a Battlefield". Brooklyn Jan 2015

  • Sulkin/Secant Gallery. Santa Monica, California 2015

  • Sheraton Tarrytown, Tarrytown, NY 2015

  • Aqua Art Miami, December 2015

  • The Norwood Spring Collective New York March 2014

  • Opening of SPiN Galleries- Chelsea NYC April 2014

  • Juicy-Group Show- Gitana Rosa Gallery Chelsea, NYC Sept 2014

  • Diver UP! Showdown. Stray Kat Gallery NYC Nov 2014

  • Opening of SPiN Galleries – Shanghai, China. March 2013

  • Pulp Fiction Show. The Norwood Club. NYC. October 2013

  • The Norwood Club, New York Permanent Collection 2013

  • The Jinn Gallery, Ludlow St, New York City, 2012

  • The Robert Anderson Gallery. New York City, 2012

  • The Joseph Bottari Gallery. Lambertville, NJ, 2012

  • The Westbank London Art Gallery. London UK, 2012

  • Essential Erotica Show. Broadway. New York. May 2012

  • Work featured in the John Turturro film “Fading Gigilo” 2012

  • Pikes Hotel, Permanent collection, Ibiza 2011

  • Delano Beach Club Gallery, Ibiza, Spain. August 2011

  • Urban in Ibiza collective show, Atzaro, Ibiza, Spain, August 2011

  • Prive Show. Joy Wai Gallery. New York 2011

  • Rogue Gallery-group show, New York City, February 2010

  • Bar Suzette, NYC 2010. Permanent collection

  • 205 Club, NYC 2009-2010

  • Sushi Club 133- Lago Di Garda, Italy 2010

  • La Barchessa Gallery-Bardolino, Lago Di Garda, Italy 2010

  • Atzaro-Ibiza, Spain 2010

  • MA (Music Arts) Club, Catania, Sicily 2010

  • Burning Man Diver UP Photo Banner 20 feet. Black Rock City 2009

  • White Plains Public Library, NY-Beaches & Cream Show July 2009

  • Miami Art Week, December, Miami Beach, Florida 2008

  • Tracy Park Gallery, Mailbu, California Oct 2007-2010

  • Exposure Gallery, Palm Springs, California 2007

  • Ibiza Spring Art Show, Ibiza, Spain 2006

  • Earth2Mars Exhibition, NYC May 2006

  • Museo-Palazzo di Ariccia. Lazio, Italy. 2006- Permanent collection

  • The Bedroom, Ibiza, Spain 2005

  • Duncan Miller Gallery, Hollywood, California 2005

  • Ocean Brewing Company, Laguna Beach, California 2003

  • Café De Ville, New York -Permanent collection 2002

  • Galleria Ikebana, Ibiza, Spain 2001

  • Enigma, Ibiza, Spain 2001

  • Belmont Lounge, New York 1999.

  • Vail Library, Vail, Colorado 1998

  • Galleria Portoportiani, Mykonos, Greece 1997

VW Contemporary
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Greenwich, Connecticut 06830

 

ACED Gallery

607 E Las Olas Blvd,

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

 

Tracy Park Gallery

MALIBU COUNTRY MART

Malibu, California

 

Galeria D’Arte Portofino

Piazza Martiri dell'Olivetta, 7

16034 Portofino GE, ITALY

 

Cha Cha Gallery

Aspen, Colorado

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