Voyage’s Bold Journey Series: Georgio Sabino III by Amit Aggarwal

Resilience

Family is the bedrock of my resilience. Growing up, surrounded by the love and support of my family, I learned invaluable lessons about strength, perseverance, and the importance of belief systems. My parents instilled in me the core values that guide me through life. They taught me that I have every right to exist, to learn, to love, and to laugh—to revel in the freedoms granted to me as a citizen of the world and a steward of the earth.

Their teachings formed the foundation of my character, shaping me into the person I am today. In times of adversity, it’s the memories of my family’s unwavering support and the values they imparted that empower me to keep going. Their resilience in the face of challenges serves as a constant source of inspiration for me.

So when asked where I get my resilience from, the answer is clear: I draw it from the deep well of familial love and wisdom that has sustained me throughout my life’s journey. It’s a legacy that I carry with me every day, reminding me of my inherent strength and the boundless potential within me.

Tech & Art

As an artist and tech innovator, my journey has been a thrilling blend of creativity and cutting-edge technology. Professionally, I wear multiple hats—painter, photographer, fashion designer, and app developer—each aspect allowing me to express my unique vision and make a positive impact on the world.

In the art world, I’ve been honing my craft since declaring my ambition to be a professional artist back in 7th grade. What excites me most about my work is the opportunity to merge traditional art forms with modern technology. Through my fashion line, I integrate augmented reality (AR) into textiles, creating an immersive experience that blurs the lines between the physical and digital realms. It’s a thrilling convergence of art and innovation that pushes the boundaries of what’s possible in the fashion industry.

On the tech front, I’m the creator of “GoVia: Rate a Hero,” a groundbreaking app designed to foster safer interactions between law enforcement and the community. This app provides real-time assistance, including mental health support and legal guidance, to both parties during police encounters. By leveraging technology, we’re modernizing the policing and justice space, promoting accountability, transparency, and above all, safety for all involved.

Exciting developments are on the horizon for both my art and tech ventures. In the art world, I’m thrilled to announce my upcoming exhibits at the Botanical Gardens in Cleveland, Ohio, and Deep Roots Art Gallery in May 2024. These showcases will feature my latest creations, showcasing the intersection of art and technology.

In the tech space, “GoVia: Rate a Hero” is making waves in the Google Play Store, and we’re gearing up for our launch on the Apple App Store in May 2024. This expansion will allow us to reach even more users and further our mission of promoting positive interactions between law enforcement and the community.

Overall, my professional journey is fueled by a passion for innovation, creativity, and making a difference. Whether through my art or tech endeavors, I’m committed to pushing boundaries, challenging norms, and building a brighter future for all.

Three qualities

Looking back on my journey, three qualities stand out as profoundly impactful: determination, vision, and patience.

Firstly, determination has been my driving force. I’ve learned to never give up, but also to be flexible and pivot when necessary. My advice to those starting out is to cultivate a mindset of resilience. Embrace challenges as opportunities for growth, and never lose sight of your goals, even when the path ahead seems uncertain.

Secondly, having vision is essential. It’s not just about envisioning the end goal but also about using creativity to shape that vision into reality. For those embarking on their journey, I encourage them to explore their imagination freely. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box and experiment with new ideas. Creativity knows no bounds, and it’s often where the most innovative solutions are found.

Lastly, patience has been key. Success rarely happens overnight, and it’s important to be patient with yourself and the process. Take the time to learn and grow, and trust that the right opportunities will come at the right time. To those starting out, I advise them to cultivate a sense of patience and perseverance. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither will your career. Stay committed to your path, and the rewards will come.

Whether in the art world or the tech space, my approach has always been guided by these principles. For those aspiring to enter either field, I offer this advice: look inward to find your true passion and then pursue it relentlessly. Embrace the journey with love and dedication, knowing that it’s a lifelong commitment. And remember, even when the road gets tough, keep pushing forward. It’s through persistence and dedication that true greatness is achieved.

Reflecting

Reflecting on my journey, I owe a debt of gratitude to the many individuals who have played pivotal roles in shaping my path and helping me overcome challenges along the way.

First and foremost, my teachers have been instrumental in my development. From middle school, where I boldly declared my ambition to become a professional artist, to my time at Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Art during my master’s studies, each educator left an indelible mark on my growth. Their guidance, encouragement, and sometimes tough love pushed me to expand my understanding of myself and the world around me.

In the business world, I found invaluable mentorship from George Fraser, a true master of connecting the dots. Through his mentorship and the wisdom shared by the myriad of celebrity speakers he brought into my orbit, I gleaned priceless insights that fueled many fruitful conversations and endeavors in my own business ventures.

In the art world, individuals like Hector Vega, Nana Agyare, and Bruce Conforti have been sources of inspiration and guidance. Their passion for their craft and willingness to share their knowledge have inspired me to continually push the boundaries of my own artistic expression.

And then there are those unexpected opportunities that shape our lives in profound ways. As a self-taught professional photographer, my journey took an extraordinary turn when Grammy-winning musician Jill Scott gave me the chance to photograph her concerts across the country. Her trust in my abilities opened doors and expanded my horizons in ways I could have never imagined.

To all those who have played a part in my growth, whether as teachers, mentors, collaborators, or clients, I extend my heartfelt thanks. Each interaction, lesson, and opportunity has contributed to my journey, and I am forever grateful for the support and guidance I have received along the way.

Seamless Wedding

A professional wedding photographer ensures a seamless and enchanting visual narrative of the couple’s special day, capturing every cherished moment from start to finish. The process begins with a pre-wedding consultation, where the photographer gets to know the couple’s preferences, style, and specific requests. They collaborate on a timeline and discuss essential details to ensure a comprehensive coverage.

On the wedding day, the photographer expertly captures the unfolding events, including the bride and groom getting ready, the ceremony, and the joyous celebration that follows. They skillfully blend traditional portraits with candid shots, preserving the genuine emotions and unique personalities of the couple and their loved ones.

The post-production phase is equally meticulous, with the photographer enhancing and editing the images to perfection. The final deliverables often include a high-quality wedding book that serves as a timeless keepsake, showcasing the most memorable moments in a visually stunning layout. This professionally curated book becomes a tangible reminder of the couple’s love story, with each page reflecting the artistry and passion the photographer invested in capturing their day.

In addition to the wedding book, couples receive a diverse collection of images, including meticulously edited portraits and spontaneous candid shots. The professional wedding photographer’s commitment to excellence ensures that every detail, from lighting to composition, contributes to a visually stunning and emotionally resonant portrayal of the couple’s wedding day.

Creative Impact Fund Project: Artistic Jungle Series: Georgio Sabino III

Technology advances and changes so very quickly. Artificial intelligence, surveillance and privacy issues are pervasive negative news stories in the media. However, these technological advances also provide wonderful new ways for artists and creators to express themselves. Over the last few years, Georgio Sabino III has worked with adding a technological advancement to the static universe of two-dimensional visual art and fashion design. But these are not ordinary paintings and dresses. They are augmented reality (AR) painting and dresses that come to life when you point your smart phone at them.

The dragonflies, hummingbirds and butterflies fly around the dress and room in a realistic way, creating a magical effect that surprises and delights viewers. You can also interact with them by tapping on your screen or moving your phone closer or farther away. The proposed project will be an art and fashion show where the walls of the gallery space will be filled with art for attendees to view and engage. Once the fashion shows commences, models will wear the artist’s pieces and attendees can watch the show. Even without smart phone access, the show will be vivid and dynamic. Engaging with the augmented reality component of the show will only improve audience enjoyment and the “wow” factor. Fashion pieces will be made primarily of silk with the image screen printed onto the item of clothing.

The show will be scheduled for approximately three months after the project is fully funded. A gallery in the Cleveland area will be selected based on appropriateness and availability. The project will help allay fears about future technology by demonstrating how amazing these tools can be for making art and fashion design even more dynamic.

Please see current examples of how the augmented reality works at the following links: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyAdGiA5eaQ&t=57s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alQvw4hNdXM&t=57s

About the Creative Impact Fund 

The Creative Impact Fund, which was established by the Assembly for the Arts, awarded a total of $6,250 to sixteen (16) artists, art collectives, and informal groups. The fund was designed to provide flexible funding and support for transformative arts projects aimed at redlined communities, developing areas with significant arts activity, and promoting increased walkability. The fund aimed to lay the groundwork for the City of Cleveland’s Rescue & Transformation Plan, which prioritized arts and neighborhood amenities.

Individual artists or art collectives of all expressions, including but not limited to painting, sculpture, photography, film/motion pictures, dance, ballet, theatre, music, comedy/improv, writing/literature, architecture, design, and fashion, were welcome to apply to the Creative Impact Fund. Along with funding, CIF offered professional development, marketing support, and connections to creative, business, and institutional networks. The Creative Impact Fund was funded by Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

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Robert Banks (Film Maker) left, Georgio Sabino III (Artist Painter & Fashion Designer) center and Dexter Davis (Artist) right, who lived next door to each other.

In a neighborhood that breathed creativity, three remarkable individuals, Robert Banks, Georgio Sabino III, and Dexter Davis, lived as neighbors, each bringing their own unique flair to the artistic tapestry of the arts community. The photograph, beautifully captured by the talented Emmanuel Wallace, embodies the history and talent that permeated the city.

Robert Banks: An American Experimental Filmmaker To the left of the frame, we find Robert Banks, a pioneering American experimental filmmaker, born in Cleveland, Ohio, For over three decades, Banks has been immersed in the world of filmmaking, delving into physical film formats like 16 mm and 35 mm. His remarkable career extends to teaching film at various institutions in Cleveland, including Cuyahoga Community College, the Cleveland Institute of Art, and Cleveland State University.

Banks’s films are not mere celluloid; they are a profound exploration of themes that range from race, culture, media, to art itself. His most renowned work, “X: The Baby Cinema,” a short film critiquing the commercial exploitation of Malcolm X’s image, made its mark at the first New York Underground Film Festival in 1993, winning the Best Experimental award. He’s also graced other prestigious film festivals such as Sundance and SXSW.

In 2019, after seven years of tireless production, Banks completed his first feature-length film, “Paper Shadows.” This cinematic masterpiece is a collage of his experiences and emotions as an artist living and working in Cleveland, securing the Audience Award at the Chicago Underground Film Festival in 2020.

Dexter Davis: A Contemporary Art Visionary On the right side of the frame stands Dexter Davis, a contemporary artist deeply rooted in Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art and, interestingly, works as a security guard at the Cleveland Museum of Art, where one of his own artworks resides within the collection. Davis is best known for his collage-based paintings that reflect his personal experiences and address critical social issues, including violence, race, and poverty. His thought-provoking work has been displayed at various galleries and festivals, with a significant accolade. Davis’s unique and expressive style has garnered critical acclaim, solidifying his place as one of the most promising artists in the region.

Georgio Sabino III: A Multifaceted Creative At the center of this artistic triumvirate is GS3, a versatile artist who calls Cleveland his home but hails from Columbus, Ohio. Georgio’s creative palette spans across different media, encompassing painting, photography, and fashion design. His remarkable career has seen him honored with invitations to the White House, where he’s captured national champions like the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Cleveland Cavaliers (Anomaly Twice). His collaborations with prominent artists like Hector Vega, Bruce Conforti, Arnold Turner (Los Angles Premier Red-Carpet Photographer), and his authorship of a book about President Obama underline his prominence in the artistic community. Georgio’s work is a testament to his passion for civic engagement, education, and mentoring in the arts. His art is a vibrant exploration of his personal experiences and the pressing social issues of our time, employing dramatic lines, vivid colors, and powerful contrasts. Georgio has not only received awards but also showcased his work in various galleries and Paris Fashion Week 2023, earning him the reputation as one of the most promising artists in the region.

In the photograph by Emmanuel Wallace (Scene Magazine), we witness the coming together of these three incredible artists, their creativity a testament to the rich cultural history of the city. These neighbors have not only shared space but also shared inspiration, enriching the artistic legacy of their community with their diverse talents and a shared love for the arts.

Corporate Art Wellness Workshops

In the bustling heart of New York City or Cleveland Ohio, Georgio Sabino had always been a trailblazer in the world of corporate wellness. With his unique blend of artistic talent and a deep understanding of the healing power of art, he had crafted a reputation that extended far beyond the concrete canyons of any city. He is a corporate wellness artist, a visionary who had taken the art of healing to new heights.

His journey into the world of artistry began in his early years when he discovered his passion for painting. He honed his skills at prestigious art schools, but his true calling emerged when he started experimenting with the fusion of painting, photography, and augmented reality (AR). This innovative approach allowed him to create immersive visual experiences that resonated deeply with people’s emotions and well-being.

As Georgio’s reputation grew, he set his sights on a new challenge: the corporate world. He believed that his unique blend of artistry and wellness could make a profound impact on the lives of the corporate population. His vision was to provide a visual experience that would not only enhance the well-being of employees but also serve as a powerful tool for healthcare and wellness initiatives.

One of his most significant breakthroughs was his ability to use art as a transformative tool during corporate retreats. He believed that when people engaged with art on a personal and emotional level, it could lead to profound insights and personal growth. So, he began collaborating with corporations to design retreats that incorporated his artistry.

At one such retreat for a prominent tech company, he unveiled a masterpiece that combined a large canvas painting with AR elements. The painting depicted a serene forest scene, with vibrant, lifelike animals and plants seemingly coming to life through the AR app. As employees explored the augmented reality, they experienced a deep sense of connection with nature, reducing stress levels and fostering a sense of inner peace. The retreat’s participants left feeling rejuvenated and inspired, ready to tackle their work with renewed vigor.

But his talents didn’t stop at corporate retreats. He also recognized the potential of his artistry in healthcare settings. Hospitals were often sterile and cold places, and patients could feel isolated and anxious during their stays. He saw an opportunity to transform these environments into spaces of healing and comfort.

He partnered with a leading healthcare institution to create a series of healing art installations in their facilities. These installations incorporated his signature blend of painting, photography, and AR to provide patients with immersive experiences that transported them to tranquil natural settings. As patients gazed at these interactive artworks, they found solace and distraction from their pain and anxiety, often reporting shorter recovery times and improved overall well-being.

Georgio Sabino’s artistry had become a beacon of hope and healing in both the corporate and healthcare worlds. Hospitals were choosing his creations because they understood the profound impact they had on patients’ mental and emotional states. His unique approach to corporate wellness was being embraced by businesses seeking to foster creativity, reduce stress, and enhance the overall well-being of their employees.

In a world where the line between work and personal life was becoming increasingly blurred, Georgio Sabino had found a way to bridge that gap. His artistry was not just about creating beautiful visuals; it was about elevating the human spirit, whether in the corporate boardroom or the hospital room. His vision had become a reality, and the world was a brighter, more healing place because of it.

The Guild’s Pivotal Role in Amplifying Diverse Voices in Contemporary Art

Written by Tyron Hoisten

In 2020, the tragic killing of George Floyd by police officers led to a tumultuous period in the Minneapolis community where it happened. Lamar Peterson, a local artist specializing in contemporary art, lived close to the epicenter of the unrest. The atmosphere was thick with smoke and tension, making it feel like an apocalyptic scene. Amidst the chaos of protests and looting, Peterson faced another personal challenge: the pandemic-induced lockdown cut off his access to his studio at the University of Minnesota, where he also teaches. For Peterson, who primarily works with oil paints, this was a significant setback. Art serves as his emotional outlet, and being unable to create was a heavy burden.

Fast forward to today, and Peterson has successfully concluded a recent exhibition at Fredericks & Freiser art gallery in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood. The art pieces showcased are a stark contrast to the grim period he experienced in 2020. They feature vibrant landscapes and Black figures, drawing inspiration from the cartoons of the ’70s and ’80s that shaped his childhood. The art serves as a tribute to the transient beauty of life, influenced by his passion for gardening and the recent passing of his father. The exhibition, named “Proud Gardener,” was a commercial success, with artwork prices ranging from $15,000 to $60,000.

Peterson’s journey reflects a broader shift in the art world. Following the events surrounding George Floyd’s death, there has been a noticeable increase in institutional support for Black artists. While the market for Black American artists has grown significantly since 2008, it still represents a small fraction of global auction sales. However, the interest in African American artists is genuine and growing, according to industry experts. This change is part of a larger effort to correct historical oversights and to diversify the artists represented in museums and galleries.

This brings us to the significance of the 2023 “Outlined In Black Art Exhibition,” presented by the Akron Black Artist Guild in partnership with The University of Akron. The exhibition, on display at the Bierce Library from October 14th to November 18th, is a monumental step in the right direction. It serves as a platform for Black artists to showcase their work, thereby contributing to the broader narrative of contemporary art. The exhibition not only offers these artists a chance to gain visibility but also provides the community an opportunity to engage with diverse artistic perspectives.

The Akron Black Artist Guild’s initiative is particularly timely, given the increased attention and support for Black artists. It’s not just about representation; it’s about creating a lineage and legacy. Artists like Kehinde Wiley and Hank Willis Thomas have gained prominence, influencing a new generation of artists. For instance, Xavier Daniels’ recent show “Cry Like a Man” features portraits of Black men in vivid colors, aiming to convey complex emotions and experiences, including the mental health struggles that many Black men face.

The “Outlined In Black Art Exhibition” is more than just a showcase; it’s a statement. It’s a testament to the resilience, creativity, and diversity of Black artists. It serves as a reminder that art can be a powerful tool for social change, for healing, and for celebrating the richness of human experience. In a world that is slowly but surely recognizing the value of diverse voices, this exhibition stands as a beacon for what is possible when those voices are not just heard but celebrated.

Tim Shuckerow A Friend and Mentor

My heart is heavy with grief over Tim Shuckerow passing last night but it is time to celebrate his legacy. He was not only a director of CWRU for us graduate students but also a cherished friend and mentor. His friendship meant the world to me, and his guidance and support throughout our academic journey were IMMEASURABLE. He even allowed me to leave class to cover President Obama’s journey to the White House, and another time he let me out of the classroom is when 4 out of 5 major celebrities hired me to take their photos around the nation. His unwavering commitment, support, and encouragement played a significant role in my life. His wisdom as a teacher and artist was matched only by his kindness and willingness to help and uplift others. I will forever treasure the memories of our shared laughter, our discussions that spanned from the classroom to our worldly travels, and the moments we talked about our families. Yes, from time to time would often mention his children Francis, Cecilia and Jake, we love your Dad. I know in his heart just as his students he wanted the best from all of us. Your Dad brought immense inspiration into my life, and his legacy as a great friend and mentor will continue to live on in my heart. I will always be grateful for the profound impact he had on my life. Rest in peace, dear Tim.

Opinion: Acknowledging the Legacy of Slavery and the Case for Reparations

As a graduate of CWRU masters program, I am constantly amazed and troubled by the lingering effects of historical injustices that continue to shape our society today. One such injustice is the denial of the promised 40 acres and a mule to African-Americans after the abolition of slavery. Furthermore, the lack of compensated reparations, which have been granted to other ethnic groups, adds to the urgency of addressing this issue.

It is disheartening to witness the lack of empathy and awareness among some individuals who fail to understand the importance of correcting history for the sake of building a just and fair world. Embracing the truth about our past is crucial for creating a society that values equality and is committed to rectifying the wrongs of the past.

I implore everyone to take on this issue as if the debt was already paid. The 400 to 500-year headstart that some have enjoyed due to the historical advantage they gained from slavery should only emphasize the necessity of addressing this issue urgently and decisively.

As I interact with individuals in various places, I am reminded of the deeply ingrained racial biases that continue to persist in our society. Even if some individuals claim not to be racist themselves, they must recognize that their family’s history may hold uncomfortable truths. Denying these truths and failing to acknowledge the debt we owe to the descendants of slaves only perpetuates the cycle of injustice.

Reparations are not about casting blame on individuals today, but about acknowledging the collective responsibility we have as a society to right the wrongs of the past. While it may be uncomfortable to confront these historical truths, we cannot evade the responsibility that lies before us.

The year 2023 may come with its challenges, but it also presents an opportunity for us to take collective action. We must face our past with sincerity and courage to pave the way for a more inclusive future. The world is becoming increasingly diverse, and it is our duty to ensure that we create a society that truly values and celebrates this diversity.

One may wonder about the benefits of reparations. Reparations, in essence, represent a stimulus package for African-Americans that can address the longstanding economic disparities they face. By investing in the economic well-being of the African-American community, we can expect a surge in economic growth and empowerment. As they acquire more financial stability, African-Americans will be able to purchase homes, cars, and invest in businesses, thus stimulating the economy further.

Critics might argue that reparations could create division or dependency, but it is vital to recognize that this is not about fostering division; rather, it is an opportunity for reconciliation and healing. By acknowledging our history and working towards reparative justice, we can pave the way for a more equitable society that benefits everyone.

So addressing the legacy of slavery through reparations is not an easy task, but it is a necessary one. As we move forward, let us do so with courage, empathy, and an unwavering commitment to building a fair and balanced world for all, where the benefits of reparations are not only economic but also serve to mend the wounds of the past and create a more united and just society.