Returning for his fifth year as live art coordinator for Sonic Bloom, Michael Garfield is the Indiana Jones of live art. Since November of 2007, he has set up his easel in a legendary range of situations, from raging basement clubs to NASA’s Ames Research Center at Moffett Airfield to New Year’s raves in the Costa Rican rainforest – both onstage and off, and alongside internationally renowned visionary artists Alex & Allyson GreyRobert VenosaMartina HoffmannMark HensonAndroid JonesAmanda SageOliver VernonMars-1Kris D, and J Garcia. In addition to countless festival appearances, including WakarusaElectric ForestSonic BloomRothburyRootwireTrinumeralBear CreekMotion NotionGem & JamGlobal Sound Conference, and Geoparadise…and he has held live art residencies for the Trilogy Lounge in Boulder (2008), the Mondrian Hotel’s Pere La Chaise Lounge in Scottsdale (2009), and ActionPacker Pro Productions in New Orleans (2010). Michael also acts as de facto journalist and organizer for a growing live art community east of the Rocky Mountains, spearheading festival live art and gallery teams and compiling an ongoing interview series, The Field Guide To Live Artists.
Reflecting his training as a scientific illustrator, Michael’s live art is a field guide to the beings that emerge at the energetic nexuses of live music – the boundary-living electric winged spirits that crash into being through a dancing throng while he is a seismograph and portraitist, swaying to their breath. Improvised freehand with paint markers, each work emerges organically from the throb of the house and the crowd into cross-sections of fireworks and undersea faeries, closed-eye tessellations and luminous fossils…vivid scenes of unabashed intensity, verdant and exultant imagery written in the natural language of dreams.

“[Michael's] illustrating, as Huxley would say, the ‘antipodes’ of the Divine Imagination.”
Alex Grey, Chapel of Sacred Mirrors
“Super intense and completely focused…his attention to detail consistently raised the quality bar.”

“His extremely unique choice of media, color-palettes, and content is absolutely singular, eye-catching, intellectually and emotionally evocative, fun and beautiful.”
Gratifly Music & Arts Festival“Totally unique.”
Michael Travis (String Cheese Incident, EOTO)