Dr. Swami lucky dougie padilla is a self-taught visionary hippie/beat magic surrealist artist of Norwegian/ Mexican/cowboy roots living in the wilds of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota, and Pepin, Wisconsin, USA. In his 70 years he has lived in a tent thru a sub-zero winter, farmed soybeans, survived the psychedelic travails of Haight-Ashbury, created and lost a million dollar a year business, trained with an armed underground anti-war/Chicano power cadre during the Vietnam war, meditated and lived with his guru in India, done thousands of drawings and paintings, and founded/co-founded numerous organizations and businesses, among them Dougieland Studios, Art Jones Gallery, Art-A-Whirl, Grupo Soap del Corazón, The Borneo Group, Salon Artisimo, the Minnesota Men’s Retreat, Frontera Psychic Tarot, Satsang Tuesday Nights, Paris Northeast, and, and Project Luna Brava - some of which lasted ten minutes, some of which have lasted 30 years. Among occupations he has counted artist and arts activist, farmer, blacksmith’s apprentice, small business owner, jade cutter, sportswear designer, psychic tarot reader, arts educator, yoga instructor, carpenter, house painter, nurse’s aide, roofer, single father, and census taker. He learned to sight sing Bach cantatas at age 11, lasted two embattled years in college (1966-8), wandered schizophrenic on the streets of Chicago, had his first heart failure at age 20, helped birth his daughter in a rural commune, and coached and played soccer until his foot didn’t work anymore (age 52).
He has studied life and spirituality with Ronnie Nelson, Jerry Gerasimo, Swami Vishnudevananda, Swami Venkatesananda, Stephen Gaskin, Dainin Katagiri Roshi, Osho (Bhagwan Shri Rajneesh), Michael Macmacca, Robert Bly, James Hillman, Malidome Some’, Miguel Rivera, Martin’ Prectel and Echo Bodine... among others. He sees the Cobra School, Pharoah Sanders, Federico Garcia Lorca, Nikki de Saint Phalle, Howard Finster, William Blake, Gary Snyder,Rahasaan Roland Kirk, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Johnny Cash, Norval Morrisseau, Marc Chagall, Louise Nevelson, Lew Welch,Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Yusef Lateef, Robert Bly, Dorothy Iannone, Diane Di Prima, Manuel Mendive, Louise Erdrich, and Artemio Rodriguez as some of the pillars of his universe. He has shown at the Museé Halle Saint Pierre in Paris, France, Projeckt Traum in Friedrichshaffen, Germany, the National Mexican Museum of Art in Chicago, the Minneapolis Institute of Art and The Fredrick Weisman Museum in Minneapolis, the Plains Museum in Fargo, on the streets and in the cultural centers of Chile, and in countless galleries and arts arenas throughout the Twin Cities and the U.S.A. He has taught art at all levels, mentored innumerable young artists, juried art competitions, and curated shows from street to museum. He has won awards and grants, served on boards and committees of arts and community non-profits,created organizations and businesses.
Currently, Dougie is producing a traveling Grupo Soap show by Xavier Tavera, "Pepin Portrait Project" that address racism and diversity issues in rural Wisconsin and suburban Minneapolis. Also with Tavera, he is just finished a second film, "lucky dougie padilla", which has been entered in the Raw Vision Magazine film competition for the Outsider Art Fair in New York City. He is also hard at work on a quartet of poetry books, "Pepin Diaries", the first of which will be published in 2019. His memoirs , "Art Dogs and Angels" is in the rough stages and will be published in the God Knows When Future. He and Grupo Soap del Corazon are working with the Chicano Studies Department at the University of Minnesota to digitalize and house their artists' group history/production. And Grupo is also currently organizing its 20 year anniversary exhibition which will originate at the Plains Museum in Fargo, North Dakota in 2020 and will travel Minnesota and, with luck, nationally.
He resides some of the time in lovely, arts centric Northeast Minneapolis with his extraordinary wife, Susan… and some of the time in his studio in the delightful small town of Pepin, Wisconsin, along the banks of the mighty Mississippi 1 1/2 hours southeast of the Twin Cities. There he is having a great time making art in a big ole 2 store-front built in the 1880's and roaming the gravel roads of the bluff country with his beloved coonhound Stella. He travels back and forth between these two heavens and is still much pleased to live in this world.
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