(self-taught, norge-mex, minnesconsin, magic-surrealism)
Dr. Swami Lucky Dougie Padilla is a self-taught visionary artist of Norwegian/ Mexican/cowboy roots living in the wilds of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota, and Pepin, Wisconsin, USA. In his 69 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. Among occupations he has counted artist and arts activist, farmer, blacksmith’s apprentice, small business owner, jade cutter, sportswear designer, psychic tarot reader/healer, 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, 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, Rahasaan Roland Kirk, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Johnny Cash, Norval Morrisseau, Marc Chagall, Louise Nevelson, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Yusef Lateef, Dorothy Iannone, Manuel Mendive, Louise Erdrich, and Artemio Rodriguez as pillars of his aesthetic universe. He has shown at the Museé Halle Saint Pierre in Paris, France, the National Mexican Museum of Art in Chicago, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, The Fredrick Weisman Museum, 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.
Currently, Dougie is producing a traveling Grupo Soap show by Xavier Tavera, "Pepin Portrait Project" to address racism in rural Wisconsin and suburban Minneapolis. Also with Tavera, he is finishing a film, "Goats in Woods", that centers around goats, a goat whisperer and an international group of artists. He is also hard at work on a book of poetry, "Pepin Diary", and the rough draft of his memoirs , "Art Dogs and Angels" (to be published in the God Knows When Future). Additionally, 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.
Dougie Padilla has served on boards and committees of numerous arts non-profits, has educated and mentored artists of all ages, and has curated and organized exhibitions and art events at all levels. For this he has received the Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship, the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District Vision Award, several Ofrenda awards from CreArte, Chicano Latino Cultural Center and Museum, and the Jerome Foundation Travel Grant. He was named Minneapolis’ City Pages’ “Artist of the Year”, and was nominated for a Bush Foundation lifetime achievement award. He resides half time in lovely Northeast Minneapolis with his extraordinary wife, Susan Jacobsen, near some of his delightful extended family (which includes five grandchildren... and a wonderful coonhound named Stella) and half 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. He travels back and forth between these two heavens and is still much pleased to live in this world.
Om Tat Sat