Victor Spieles
“Darkseid Extra Bold Roast”
Medium: Pen & Ink, Liquitex acrylic paints
Troy, MI USA

Meet Victor Spieles (aka Kid America) from Troy, Michigan, an artist whose vibrant journey began in the wild suburbs of Metro Detroit. Victor’s artistic exposure was enriched by his mother’s frequent visits to various art exhibits throughout Detroit, immersing him in the works of renowned artists like John Piet, David Barr, Jim Pallas, Judy Green, and other local talents at places such as the Detroit Artist Market and Pewabic Pottery.

Victor’s formal education in art includes studies at Macomb Community College, California Institute of the Arts, and the Center for Creative Studies, where he graduated in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in illustration. His professional path took him to the Detroit illustration studio Colorforms, Inc. before he ventured into the advertising industry, where he has excelled as an art director and copywriter for the past 25 years.

In the early days of the COVID lockdown, Victor received an inspirational fever dream message from His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, urging him to find joy and unleash the colors within. Since then, he has dedicated his nights and weekends to creating art that reflects the joy and vibrancy he experiences, especially when daydreaming and savoring a fresh cup of strong coffee.

Victor’s contribution to this project is a stunning prismatic reflection of the joy he feels, brought to life through his unique style. He enjoys his coffee bold and fresh, favoring Seattle’s Best 6th Avenue Bistro Fair Trade Organic Dark Roast brewed in his cherished, old Mr. Coffee maker. This simple ritual unleashes his creativity, transforming blank sheets of paper into magical, colorful expressions. Victor humorously admits that he often comes close to dipping his paintbrush in his coffee cup instead of the water bowl, a testament to his deep immersion in his artistic process. We’d be all for that, Victor!

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