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10/22/2013 07:56 am ET Updated Dec 22, 2013

Desi, The Self-Made Man

Randy Tat, born in Seattle, Washington, is a Los Angeles-based artist/designer well known for his out-of-the-box storytelling and his vintage-inspired geometric paintings and sculptures. Working all facets of the entertainment industry for over 20 years, Randy's days include all the major details in the development and brand integration of TV and film productions, yet in his art, he has found the key that keeps his hectic life richly inspired, balanced and alive.

I love to paint! I've been painting ever since I was a child, and when I moved to Los Angeles one of my goals was to exhibit my works and sell paintings. I came up with the idea of these "Tat on the Wall" exhibits. For every show I would paint 25 to 30 paintings, and transform raw loft spaces and warehouses with my design and lighting ideas into a gallery space. I realized I had created much more than just a gallery -- I'd redesigned an environment to suit my artworks. My love for designing interior spaces was born. I try to strive for balance and visual details, soothing shapes, and forms, creating all sorts of layers of color and texture. You gotta have that wow factor! I want my audience to be moved and inspired by my journey; I want them to smell the flowers and feel the drama when experiencing my art and design. I'm very sensitive and in touch with capturing the richness and visual balance within my art. I like to create surprises within my design concept... the turn of an eye... something visually stunning and spontaneous. At the end of the day, my goal is to evoke an emotion and hopefully inspire someone!

"Desi, The Self Made Man" (subtitle: "I Think, Therefore I Am... All That I Can Be") is an assemblage/mixed media piece constructed from recycled wood, aluminum, vintage self-help books with painted abstracts, incorporating oil, water, acrylics, tire rubber and vinyl and foil letters, recycled materials, tires, metal, found objects, acrylic and oil paints.

Named for Descartes (the original mind-body dualist), this five-foot-tall, distressed sculpture boasts holograms, a red Kaballah bracelet, a clear vase with fresh flowers on his lapel and a peace sign around his neck. Desi, whose limbs are fastened with metal screws so he can assume any position, has been spotted in L.A., NYC, Seattle and Europe spreading his creed of personal actualization. With its combination of retro and modernist tropes, Desi captures modern society's continual evolution, a thought-provoking pop icon representing man's thirst for knowledge and self-expression.

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