Join us for the latest edition of the Raw Living Radio Show where we’ll once again be rawking the radio world! This week is the Pure Living Expo Entertainment Extravaganza with Ted Mason of Modern English, Conscious Comedienne Abby Lodmer and Michael Ostaski, the Original Live Painter! So join us this Tuesday at 2pm PST for this must hear show!
President of Mi5 Recordings, Ted played a long-time role as guitarist/songwriter/co-singer/producer, and manager for the British band Modern English (“I Melt With You”), a pop group that sold 4 million records in the US. Additionally, Ted has produced, worked with and played as a session musician for a diverse group of artists, including Peter Gabriel, Pharrell Williams, Common, Mary J Blige, Toots and the Maytals, Trevor Horn, Ne-Yo, Snoop Dogg, Betty Carter, Kid Creole, Santana, the Verve, Jesus Jones, The Wallflowers, Ringo Starr, Julian Lennon, Khaled, Jeff Beck, 10,000 Maniacs, Afrika Bambatta, and Queen Latifa. Ted studied classical guitar at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music before joining Modern English and is also a consummate bebop musician. Ted’s background includes extensive experience in film production and design. His passion is insuring artistic growth for the Mi5 artist. He brings the sensitivity of the trained musician, his eye and skill for production/design, his long track record and his superior management skills, providing powerful momentum and direction in artist development and securing for the Mi5 artist a program for a long and successful career.
“WE ARE ALL ‘The CHOSEN PEOPLE!’
BELIEVE THAT NOW, RISE UP and ACT LIKE IT!
THAT is what every ‘Good Book,’ ‘ism,’ and ‘anity’ is saying!
The people who BELIEVE that they have been CHOSEN to BE HERE
to ACCOMPLISH GREAT THINGS and SPREAD GREAT LIGHT and LOVE
are the ones who ACTUALLY DO SO!
Go DO YOUR PURPOSE, my loves!
USE YOUR GIFTS and uplift the world in the process!
YOU HAVE BEEN DIVINELY CHOSEN TO DO SO!”
~ Abby Lodmer
Art is truly a way of life for Michael Ostaski, a man whose life itself is an evolving work of art. From the home and art studio he custom-designed and built near Santa Fe, to his now legendary treks across the country in the 70’s and 80’s in his hand-built “land yacht,” creating and teaching his art, everything Ostaski does is informed and inspired by his love of freedom, and his eternal quest for beauty. He’s an American original, through and through.
Growing up in an artistic family, Ostaski developed his passion for painting at an early age. His mother was a mural artist in Southern California, where he grew up. His father, an accomplished artist in his own right, and a twenty-year staff artist for a trade magazine, was also a celebrated magician and member of the famed “Magic Castle,” where a young Michael met such legends as Blackstone and Siegfried and Roy.
That magic must have rubbed off on Ostaski, as his passion for beauty, and his unique gift for making the most of every moment drove him to the creation of his most inspired work yet: Art Explosion–a one-of-a-kind “studio on stage.” Given free reign in a performance art environment has meant an unprecedented unleashing of Ostaski’s innate talents, creating his portraits in just minutes, to the awe and amazement of his audiences with stunning, much larger-than-life results.
”Each painting is a challenge,” he says. “When I start a portrait, paint seems to be flying everywhere, and no one knows what’s happening. But it’s all part of getting into the creative space. There’s a point in the process where it all flows, becomes timeless; even though in the back of my head a voice is counting down—only two minutes left, only one minute left. That’s the pressure I thrive on. Then it’s done.”
Michael’s paintings hang in public and private collections throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. His depiction of the Statue of Liberty hangs in the New York City fire station closest to Ground Zero. “People often tell me how inspired they are watching the performances. I’m very grateful to touch someone like that, to be part of their lives in that way. But it’s not me. It’s the power of art.”
A true renaissance man, Michael is also an accomplished musician on several instruments, and enjoys painting while accompanied by live musicians. “Music and visual art are part of the same world to me. The opportunity to have these two passions meet has been a gift.”
Over the last 20 years, Ostaski has painted or appeared with everyone from Jay Leno to Colin Powell, Bill Cosby to Rudolph Giuliani, Michael Jordan to President Bush. With his performances having expanded to include over 200 subjects—historical and present day icons to custom tributes—every performance is an event, a chance to challenge himself as well as the audience.
“All considered,” says Ostaski, “art brings me closer to people and closer to life. Whether I’m painting a CEO in Spain or a celebrity in Vegas, it’s all part of this amazing, unfolding life journey. Art Explosion has provided me opportunities to see things more deeply, to even know myself in a different way…so I keep on performing and keep on painting.”