Devendra Banhart is a musical and visual artist living in Los Angeles.
Devendra Banhart has been amassing a body of great songs and albums for a while now. In tandem with his musical accomplishments Banhart has gained considerable recognition as a visual artist. His distinctive, minutely inked, often enigmatic drawings were presented alongside the work of the master Abstract painter Paul Klee at The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) in the show Abstract Rhythms: Paul Klee and Devendra Banhart. Devendra’s otherworldly drawings are populated by whimsical characters that seem suspended in an undefined pictorial space. His relationship to music, like Klee’s, is interdependent on his visual art practice. In 2006, Banhart’s work was shown at Emilio Mazzoli Gallery D’Arte Contemporary in Modena in Italy and the Deitch Projects Exhibit at the Art Basel Festival in Miami. Devendra had his first solo exhibit at Andrew Roth Gallery in New York and his art has since been presented at San Francisco’s Jack Hanley Gallery, the Atelier Cardenas Bellanger in Paris, “Uncertain States of America” show at Oslo’s Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art and NYC’s Daniel Reich and Canada galleries. Devendra’s drawings graced the covers of four of his full-length CD releases and one EP as well as his major label debut on Warner Brothers What Will We Be. Devendra’s art for What Will We Be was nominated for a Grammy in 2011 for Best Recording Package.
His work appears in “Live Through This, New York in the Year 2005,” published by Deitch Projects, New York as well as the “Vitamin D,” published by Phaidon. In 2011 Devendra’s art was featured in a MOCA exhibit “The Artist’s Museum” that included works of influential Los Angeles based artsist from the last 30 years. As part of the exhibit, Banhart collaborated with artist Doug Aitken and musicians Beck and Caetano Veloso for an incredible musical and visual performance piece.
The critics’ acclaim and the size of his audience both at home and abroad earned by his debut Oh Me Oh My The Way The Day Goes By The Sun Is Setting Dogs Are Dreaming Lovesongs Of The Christmas Spirit was impressive to begin with and increased dramatically with each subsequent release: 2004’s Rejoicing In The Hands, Nino Rojo, 2005’s Cripple Crow, and 2007′s Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon.