Biography

Andre Miripolsky’s keen understanding of pop imagery and energy launched a dynamic career that resulted in work with Elton John (the famous 1980 Concert in Central Park “Piano Keys” costume) and Bette Midler (album package/visual design for her 1982 worldwide “DeTour”), as well as Quincy Jones, The Rolling Stones, Gato Barbieri, Robin Williams, Beastie Boys, Cheap Trick, MTV, and “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno. For thirty years, he has continued to explore and discover creative wonders in his Kingdom of Color.

Miripolsky serves on the boards of the L.A. Art Alliance, the Downtown Artwalk, and the Hollywood Arts Council.

An extensive two-part interview done in November 2012 for the "Experience Talks" KPFK-FM radio show and podcast is available online. Details here and here.



In addition to numerous solo and group exhibitions, as well as private commissions, Miripolsky’s extensive experience in the arts includes:

2013 – L.A. Mart, Downtown Los Angeles

“Art.Life” group show.

2013 – KGB Studios Gallery, Downtown Los Angeles

“Sharks in the City” solo show.

2013 – CBS Outdoor Billboards

“City of Angels Sharks” - public art installation on electronic billboards in West Hollywood.

2013 – Cooley Law Firm, Santa Monica

Commissioned mixed media installation entitled “Protecting Ideas.”

2013 – Red Line Tours, Hollywood

Created a commemorative collectors ticket series featuring famous film directors throughout the history of Hollywood.

2012 – Mural: Superior Grocers in South Los Angeles

Created the 150’ x 7’ “Eat More Fruit & Veggies” community mural project on the exterior market wall at Compton & 74th Street with the help of art students at Wallis Annenberg Accelerated High School.

2012 – Mural: Pacific Mutual Building (Rising Realty Partners), L.A.

Created the 15’ x 50’ Pershing Square Cityscape mural at 5th & Olive.

2012 - “Play Me, I’m Yours” Street Piano Project, Hollywood, Sponsored by the Hollywood Arts Council

Created the Miripolsky/Hollywood Art Piano, decorated in a mosaic of mirror tiles to best reflect the glamor of Hollywood. It graced the forecourt of the Egyptian Theatre. Hundreds of working pianos have been placed in public areas in major cities throughout the world for this project.

2012 – Mural: Urban Artscape at FIGat7th

Urban Artscape is a community initiative of Arts Brookfield and the Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk that brings students from South L.A. together with a professional artist to create a temporary mural.

2012 – Starline Tours, Hollywood

Created vinyl designs representing Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Downtown Los Angeles wrapping the citywide double-decker tour bus.

2012 – Red Line Tours, Hollywood

Created a commemorative collectors ticket series called “The Icons of Hollywood Architecture.”

2011 – 2013 – CBS Billboards, Los Angeles

Created electronic billboard image for CBS featuring the “ViVA L.A.” catchphrase and the wave motif.

2011 – Artshare Gallery, “Downtown Legends” Art Show, Los Angeles

One of a group of five artists selected not only for their artistic merit, but also for their significant contributions to the downtown L.A. community.

2011 – Museum of Monterey at Custom House Plaza, “Wave Wall”

Created a 275’ mural on the wood fence that wraps the museum. This is the largest public arts installation in Monterey County.

2011 – Museum of Monterey, “Monterey Historama”

Created a 10’x55’ mural using relevant historical and iconic imagery from the Monterey County area. Mural was printed on vinyl and installed in the main exhibition hall of the museum.

2010 – Central City Association of Los Angeles - Annual Fund Raiser

Updated the now famous 2005 downtown “Cityscape” image.

2010 – Allied Crafts Building, Los Angeles

Created full room mural in the building entrance.

2009 – Los Angeles High School Choir Festival 20th Anniversary

Created an original graphic for the celebration at Disney Hall.

2008 – DA Center for the Arts, Pomona, CA

Joint retrospective show: Bert and Andre Miripolsky, Father and Son.

2008 – Aardvark Letterpress 40th Anniversary, Los Angeles

Eighteen local artists created images based on the popular Mexican card game “Lotteria,” but with a specific L.A. theme.

2007 – Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

Performance art piece: In exactly 36 minutes, surrounded by the 87-piece performing symphony orchestra, Miripolsky painted a 7 ft. x 28 ft. image depicting his interpretation of Maurice Ravel’s “Mother Goose Ballet.”

2006 – Bentley Prince Street

One of the USA’s premiere carpet manufacturers licensed the phrase “ViVA L.A.” and produced an innovative line of broadloom and carpet tile.

2005 – Mattel Toys

Created one-of-a-kind “Art Barbie.”

2005 – Central City Association of L.A.

Created a large 3-D wall sculpture depicting the exploding Downtown L.A. skyline. This image, coupled with his phrase “Viva L.A.,” brands the new and improved Downtown Los Angeles.

2002 through 2007 – Terumo Medical Corporation, Elkton, MD

Graphic design for blood collection bag for the multi-national, world’s largest blood products manufacturer.

2002 – “Searching for Angela Shelton” Featured Film

Produced, designed, and directed the main animated title sequence for this award-winning documentary about sexual abuse and domestic violence.

2000 – Vincent Price Museum at East Los Angeles College

Twenty-five year career retrospective with full-color, oversized catalog.

2000 – (First) NoHo International Theater and Arts Festival

Designed poster art.

2000 – West Bid Gallery, New York, NY

“Future Shock” group show.

1999 – Minna Street Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Solo show.

1999 – Budman Studio, New York, NY

“Fruits and Vegetables” solo show.

1999 – BGH (200-2000-200) Los Angeles

Group show.

1998 – ElectroBike

Created the visual look for ElectroBike, an American electric bicycle manufacturer. Also created a custom art paint job for a special limited edition “Captain America” ElectroBike.

1997 through 2004 – NBC’s “The Tonight Show”

Created a collection of huge scenic backdrops and floors for the guest bands segment of the show. Miripolsky was the first and only independent visual artist to be commissioned by the Tonight Show for a project of this scope in the show’s entire history.

1997 through 1999 – Absolut Vodka

Created image for “Absolut Miripolsky” billboard in San Francisco.

1996 – Absolut Vodka

Live painting on the Absolut website called the “Human Ant Farm,” a real-time, online video series featuring artists creating new work. This was the first continuous, live, interactive Internet video broadcast.

1994 – Quincy Jones Music Publishing Company

Designed corporate identity.

1994 – West Valley Jewish Community Center

Miripolsky Group Show – Father & Sons: Bert, Andre, and Eban

1994 – Turner International Broadcasting

Designed poster art for “History Through the Eyes of Hollywood” U.S. Classic Film Tour of Russia.

1993 through 1994 – Turner International Broadcasting

Created an original artwork commissioned to coincide with the “First Festival of American Film Treasures” in St. Petersburg, Russia, and a subsequent six-city Russian tour of the MGM classics. Miripolsky joined both Ted Turner and Jane Fonda for those events in Russia.

1993 through 1999 – Directors Guild of America, Artists Rights Foundation

Created new branding for the foundation formed by Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Martin Scorsese.

1993 – “Fear No Art! A Crash Course in Reality”

Produced/directed this very personal short film which tells of the 1984 automobile accident that sparked his spiritual rebirth. The multiple award-winning film has appeared at many festivals including the prestigious 1993 “Annual Visions of U.S. Video Competition” sponsored by Sony and the American Film Institute.

1992 – MTV

Painted a mural directly on the floor of UCLA’s center basketball court at Pauley Pavillion for use in the ’92-’93 season of the MTV show, “Rock and Jock B-Ball Jam.”

1991 – Absolut Vodka

Created original painting for “Absolut Artists of the Nineties” advertising

1991 – Tatsuro Yamashita

Designed cover art for album entitled, “Artisan”

1990 – (First) Palm Springs International Film Festival

Designed poster art.

1990 – Tamara Bain Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

“Preview of the Nineties” group show

1980s – Multiple designs for Elton John, Bette Midler, Cheap Trick, The Rolling Stones, Tatsuro Yamashita, MTV, Robin Williams, Spago, and others, as well as solo shows at Steps into Space Gallery and Gallery West in Los Angeles, CA, and Gallery Michael in Beverly Hills, CA, and the group show “Pop ‘til You Drop” at Sarah Bain Gallery in Orange County, CA. Also, in 1988, created the poster for the Monterey Film Festival, and in 1984, created the entire “Fear No Art” collection, including the now iconic phrase.

 

The Artist In Japan

After working extensively in Japan in the mid-’80s, Miripolsky became one of the country’s most beloved contemporary American artists. His critically acclaimed projects include his national gala premiere at the Spiral Hall Multimedia Gallery in Tokyo; a multimillion dollar ad campaign for a series of Tokyo FM radio stations; album covers, video and tour designs for musical legend Tatsuro Yamashita and pop singer Yoko Oginome; and custom stage sets for Japan’s “Gold Disc Show” for four consecutive years (equivalent to America’s Grammy Awards). Over the past several years, he has sold over 200 paintings through his representative galleries in Japan.

 

Art and Social Consciousness

The artist often contributes his time and talent to non-profit organizations. In addition to the following projects, he has worked for several years with Pro-Peace, AIDS Project Los Angeles, and Artists for Disarmament.

2011 – PAWS/LA, Downtown Los Angeles

Painted a mural at the entrance welcoming visitors. Non-profit PAWS/LA assists low-income seniors and people disabled by a life-threatening illness by providing services to help them keep and care for their pets.

2009 – PeaceLove Studio, Pawtucket, Rhode Island

Contributed work to raise funds for treatment of mental illness through teaching art.

2005 – Colors of Freedom Foundation, Ontario, Canada

Contributed work to a limited-edition portfolio featuring the art of twenty internationally renowned artists who share a passion for helping children. The sponsoring foundation is devoted to bringing children of the world together through a constant exchange of ideas, cultures and shared experiences.

2004 through 2005 – Chabad

Rebranded the look and identity of the Jewish Chabad’s “L’Chaim to Life” internationally broadcast telethon.

2003 – KPFK-FM 90.7, Los Angeles

Contributed a graphic design for the Pacifica Network public radio station for its spring fund drive.

2002 – Community of Angels Public Arts Program

Sponsored by Roy Disney’s Shamrock Holding Co., Miripolsky’s “Angel Under Wraps” was completely adorned in various colors of gaffer’s tape. Over one hundred decorated art angels graced the Los Angeles cityscape.

2001 – KCRW-FM 89.9, Los Angeles

Contributed the use of his world-famous graphic slogan, “Fear No Art,” to represent the public radio station during their summer fundraising campaign.

2001 – “Jammin’ for Salmon Festival,” Portland, Oregon

Created a graphic design for the benefit of salmon preservation.

1995 – Chicago Non-Profit Organiztion

Designed a limited-edition poster to raise funds for inner city youth of Chicago.

1994 – (First) California Aids Ride

Designed poster art.

1991 – United Nations “Artists and Performers Against Apartheid” Symposium

Contributed a key work depicting “Culture for Freedom and Democracy.”

 

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Miripolsky was born in Paris, France, to a father who was Cultural Advisor for the American Foreign Service and also an artist. The family lived in a series of exotic landscapes including Iran, Thailand, Austria, France, Indonesia and Korea. Miripolsky was immersed in and surrounded by art since his youth. By age eight he was working with oils and by age ten he sold his first painting to the American Ambassador to Indonesia. After graduating High School in Seoul, Korea, he headed to the California Institute of the Arts. He left after two years to pursue a classical acting career before finally centering his creative axis around the canvas and all things visual.