Dee Jae Pa’este was built and programmed in the Silicon Valley’s San Jose, CA. Born to a Irish-Polynesian mother and a Filipino father, family and culture has always been rooted in his art and lifestyle. He has recently relocated to Manila, Philippines after spending the past 6 years in Japan and New York working in the art and fashion world and searching for the perfect piece of sushi and inspiration to match. Influenced by a wide number of sources, Dee Jae’s artwork is both personal and universal. Stylistically, Dee Jae owes quite a bit to the graffiti scene and his peers in the tattoo world. His work has a strong, graphic sensibility, and consists of powerful, primary colors and bold, thick lines reminiscent of microchip circuitry and Polynesian tribal tattoos.
In order to convey his vision, Dee Jae dabbles with a wide variety of media, but most often finds himself comfortable with acrylic paints and spray cans. He likes the immediacy of it because it reflects the fast paced world around him. Building within the underground art community in the places he has traveled, Dee Jae often finds himself doing Live Paintings in random venues surrounded by sound, chaos, and crowds of onlookers. Dee Jae makes no statements, voices no opinions. What he does offer is an observation. Growing up in the Silicon Valley, he couldn’t help but notice the duality of nature and technology, and the need for a sense of balance. His artwork reflects a “mixture of old world aesthetics and new world consciousness.” and a pursuit of finding a balance amongst the two elements. Both of which are tied to the landscapes of his home town of San Jose and and also in Tokyo and NYC where he has found much of his recent inspiration.
His work has appeared in a number of venues, galleries, & murals from New York, Los Angeles, Philippines, Singapore, Hong Kong, San Francisco, Hawaii, and Japan. With all the possibilities of change and experience in an evolving world, Dee Jae plans to spend the rest of his days painting, traveling,creating and eating his way through it. He is looking forward to the time he will reside in Manila looking to dig deeper into his cultural roots. Dee Jae hopes to spread his art and share his creativity with the people that inhabit it and to leave behind his art so that it may resonate within the city, when his time there ends.
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