Mixmaster presents "100 Creatives," in which we feature cultural entrepreneurs of Dallas in random order. Know an artistic mind who deserves a little bit of blog love? Email email@example.com with the whos and whys.
Edward Ruiz. Confetti Eddie. The man with the giant dinosaur outside of his studio. You might know him by any of these names, but did you know that Dallas is Ruiz' hometown? Well, it's true. The Oak Cliff-born visual artist, now a fixture in Exposition Park, has cemented himself as a magical force to be reckoned with. Drawing on his art, design, and theatre background, Ruiz has learned to fuse the technical and the entertaining to perform his art and illusions. And he just wants to share it with all of us.
How did you first find your way into your craft? Originally, I was studying to become an architect, but I quickly realized that there were too many straight lines in architecture, and redirected my art skills towards commercial art and design. Then, I starting meeting all of these artists who were showing in alternative spaces and began to learn about art that was expressive; it was here that I first found my way into my craft.
If you had to describe your aesthetic in five words, what would they be? Classic, clever, simple, raw, sophisticated.
What's your contribution to the Dallas arts scene? It's been a long one, but I really just want to surprise people and challenge what they think art can be. I've owned and curated three different art galleries, I've worked for two museums (the Dallas Museum of Art and the Museum of Nature and Science), and I donate my time to local charities like Art Conspiracy. When I exhibit my own work, they are usually interactive pieces that bring together video and light projections, or they are happenings.
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What's your next big project? It's hard to say what the next biggest project, because they are all so big to me. But I am continuing to host magic shows and to perform as Confetti Eddie, with my lovely assistant Karleena. The next show is at 8 p.m. Friday, September 12, and it features guest magician Trigg Watson, the Lollibombs Burlesque's Veronica JoAnna, singer Lyric Laveau, and a secret guest mentalist.
I'm also planning a stage installation for the 10th anniversary of ArtCon.
A mystery patron offers you unlimited funds for life. What will you do with it? Open up a fancy vaudeville house. The kind of place Harry Houdini would enjoy visiting. Any one interested in helping fund this project let me know. Hint, hint, mystery patron.
100 Creatives: 100. Theater Mastermind Matt Posey 99. Comedy Queen Amanda Austin 98. Deep Ellum Enterpriser Brandon Castillo 97. Humanitarian Artist Willie Baronet 96. Funny Man Paul Varghese 95. Painting Provocateur Art Peña 94. Magic Man Trigg Watson 93. Enigmatic Musician George Quartz 92. Artistic Luminary Joshua King 91. Inventive Director Rene Moreno 90. Color Mavens Marianne Newsom and Sunny Sliger 89. Literary Lion Thea Temple 88. Movie Maestro Eric Steele 87. Storytelling Dynamo Nicole Stewart 86. Collaborative Artist Ryder Richards 85. Party Planning Print maker Raymond Butler 84. Avant-gardist Publisher Javier Valadez 83. Movie Nerd James Wallace 82. Artistic Tastemakers Elissa & Erin Stafford 81. Pioneering Arts Advocates Mark Lowry & Michael Warner 80. Imaginative Director Jeremy Bartel 79. Behind-the-Scenes Teacher Rachel Hull 78. Kaleidoscopic Artist Taylor "Effin" Cleveland 77. Filmmaker & Environmentalist Michael Cain 76. Music Activist Salim Nourallah 75. Underground Entrepreneur Daniel Yanez 74. Original Talent Celia Eberle 73. Comic Artist Aaron Aryanpur 72. Classical Thespian Raphael Parry 71. Dance Captain Valerie Shelton Tabor 70. Underground Culture Mainstay Karen X. Minzer 69. Effervescent Gallerist Brandy Michele Adams 68. Birthday Party Enthusiast Paige Chenault 67. Community Architect Monica Diodati 66. Intrepid Publisher Will Evans 65. Writerly Wit Noa Gavin 64. Maverick Artist Roberto Munguia 63. Fresh Perspective Kelsey Leigh Ervi 62. Virtuosic Violinist Nathan Olson 61. Open Classical's Dynamic Duo Mark Landson & Patricia Yakesch 60. Rising Talent Michelle Rawlings 59. Adventurous Filmmaker Toby Halbrooks