Art Installations. Performances. Live Art.
Ultra Music Festival is honored to welcome such a diverse spectrum of talented, world-class artists to this year’s event. With the expanded space now available at Historic Virginia Key Beach Park & Miami Marine Stadium, there comes an exciting new canvas to create on. This year’s event will feature even more interactive art installations, live art displays and immersive experiences that we encourage you to explore.
Be sure to visit the following artists work at Ultra Music Festival this March!
- Xite Labs
- Demsky J.
- El Pez
- The London Police
- Jordan Betten
- LK MNDD
- Royyal Dog
Origin: Miami, Florida & Mexico
System_3 is a Miami-Mexico based experimental studio founded in 2014. System_3’s diverse body of work integrates new technologies with visual experimentation to create large scale interactive installations and video displays. Their practice explores the relationship between light and space in a performative narrative that alters the perception of reality.
System_3 has performed internationally at festivals such as Ultra Music Festival, Sonar Barcelona, Video Mapping México and exhibitions in Bogota, Miami and Barcelona.
For the 21st edition of Ultra Music Festival, System_3 is partnering with ARCA and LUMINATE to present 2 new installations – Hypergate & Hypercross. Both pieces are large-scale LED light installations exploring 3D spaces with light and sound (sound design by KAPAX).
Vello Virkhaus aka VJ v2
Xite Labs is an experiential visual art studio specializing in 3D Projection Mapping, Animation, Production Design, Interactive and Live Operation. The new media company is a merger of Greg Russell’s Tandem Digital and V Squared Labs. Vello Virkhaus has provided visual talent and been the main stage VJ of Ultra music festival in Miami, and worldwide for over 20 years now.
Vello is an important figure in the live visual art aspect of the electronic dance music scene He has worked with numerous bands, brands, DJ’s and artists to create moving, immersive experiences. Some notable visual recent collaborations are with Bad Bunny, The Los Angeles Phil Harmonic, Qiddiya, Tame Impala, Krewella, Amon Tobin, Infected Mushroom, Paul Oakenfold and many more.
Tanner Thompson aka T2 Visuals
Tanner Thompson has been working as an animator and VJ with Xite Labs (V Squared Labs) since 2013. He studied Motion Media Design at the Savannah College of Art and Design.
In 2009 he attended his first Ultra where he realized his passion for live video production. He has focused on the intersection of live audio and video ever since. Recently he was the house VJ for Ultra Australia (Melbourne) 2019 and Ultra South Africa (Johannesburg) 2019.
Grant Davis aka VJ Culture
Grant Davis has been bringing sights and sounds to audiences around the world for over 20 years. Grant is a passionate artist who showcases the beauty of all cultures in his live visual performances. Grant has been on the Xite Labs team for Ultra in Miami and around the world for almost 10 years now. Catch him live all weekend on the Ultra Worldwide Stage.
Frankie Granicz aka G-NETIC
Frankie Granicz is a Los Angeles based 3D/VFX artist who has been doing live visual performances as a VJ for over a decade all over the world. He has been performing live visuals with Ultra Worldwide for the last 7 years, and has been creating and running the live visuals for the MegaStructure for the last 5 years.
G-Netic has been working closely with Carl Cox and just about every major techno DJ you can think of to create innovating and avant-garde visuals to capture the essence of the techno scene, and to bring the music to life visually. He is always trying to push the limits and innovate new, and advanced visual styles to keep the look of the stages at Ultra Worldwide/RESISTANCE events on the cutting edge side of the future.
Eric Mintzer is a software developer, technology director, and startup founder. Through his company, Imaginex, he has helped A-list artists and brands create mesmerizing experiences at stadiums, festivals, and movie sets. Having performed at some of the greatest venues in the country from Red Rocks Amphitheater to The Forum, Eric can usually be found in the lab with friends developing the next unseen concert technologies. This will be his second year on the Ultra Main Stage of Ultra Music Festival under the advisory of Vello Virkhaus, where they utilize their combined brain and software powers.
Learn more at xitelabs.com.
Origin: Monterrey, Mexico
A77 is an experimental visual studio based in Monterrey, Mexico focused on digital driven content creation in areas like concept art, visuals, animation and branding.
Young and bold, A77 is continuously pushing the boundaries of tools and technology to create trend-setting graphics around the world. For the last 5 years, A77 has made its way into the world of live visuals, performing internationally at Ultra Worldwide festivals and events.
A77 will be presenting a brand new catalog of outstanding 2D and 3D visuals for the 21st edition of Ultra Music Festival. You can witness the awe-inspiring visual production displayed at stages across the festival grounds including the Ultra Main Stage, Live Arena, Ultra Worldwide, RESISTANCE Carl Cox MegaStructure and RESISTANCE Reflector.
Let yourself be taken on a spellbinding journey with the mindblowing A77 visual experience.
Origin: Santiago, Chile
Dasic is an artist from Santiago, Chile. He is known as a magician for his ability to paint with three-dimensional effect. His expressive portraits combine amazingly accurate objects/characters with dripping color. His designs tell poetic stories that are open to the interpretation of those who view his artwork.
Origin: Elche, Spain
Demsky J. is a street artist from Elche, a city in the southeastern region of Spain. He was introduced to the graffiti world in the early 90’s and has been shaking it up ever since, breaking down and rebuilding what was thought could be possible.
If art could be heard, those of Demsky J. would sound like a Jupiter 8, the legendary fluor era synthesizer. Visually recognizable at first sight, his work captures the whole essence of Arcades and Sci-Fi saturated films, inspired by blue laser and red neon. With a single stroke, he can incarnate the water resist calculator-watch Casio precision or the Japanium force, resulting in a direct although subtle blow to the good-taste conventional laws.
His elegant compositions devour space and make you travel to a totally unknown, yet familiar world, that we could enter into it, before watching the space and time fold, creating a timeless loop, right there.
Origin: Barcelona, Spain
Urban Artist and City Decorator, Jose Sabate, more commonly known as “PEZ,” has long been considered one of the pioneers of the Barcelona Street-Art movement. PEZ began painting in 1999, a time in which he discovered that he could transmit good vibrations and positivity to the pedestrians walking by the streets of Barcelona through his personality. Not long after this, he began to travel and paint around the world, adopting the smile as his universal message that could be understood by the whole public.
The London Police
The London Police started in 1998 when Chaz Barrisson and Bob Gibson, two big English geezers, headed to Amsterdam to help rejuvenate the visually disappointing streets of Holland’s capital. They were part of a small group of artists at the end of the last century that helped pioneer a new street art movement.
After a few years of mixing traveling and making art in the street TLP began to receive Worldwide recognition for their contribution to the graffiti/street art movement.
18 years on TLP have amassed more than 100 shows and events in over 35 countries and their street work continues to pop up everywhere they go.
Since 2009 TLP has concentrated on more intense canvas work, on bigger solo shows and largescale mural projects.
Origin: Turin, Italy
Galo became one of the European pioneers of street art and collaborated and exhibited with artists of world importance during his 10 year stay in Amsterdam. He has exhibited in every part of Europe, in Japan and in the United States. He returned to Turin Italy in 2007 where he currently lives and paints. In 2010 he opened the Galo Art Gallery in Turin where he curates shows related to the post graffiti and pop art scene. Galo is strongly linked to the post international graffiti scene and his art is his main tool of communication.
Origin: Caracas, Venezuela
Born in Caracas, Venezuela, artist Christian Saravia, better known as GOLDEN, is an illustrator and painter based out of our home of Miami, Florida. GOLDEN became a graffiti artist at an early age and as the movement evolved, he grew into one of Florida’s most renown street artists. The Miami artist is known for his use of vivid colors and unique style of painting to create vivacious and animated creatures, as well as large-scale street art murals that have been enjoyed around the world.
I would like to create powerful emotions such as love, gratitude, happiness, and hope through bright colors and expressive art messages.
Origin: United States
Jordan Betten is an American artist whose creative career encompasses paintings, urban art, sculpture, fashion and design.
Working Day and Night, the spirit of music is infused in every piece of art Jordan creates. His career developed from a desire to learn the process of how to paint and wanting to develop a original style. That style has become characterized by the unique use of lines, splashes, and colors which gives Betten the ability to capture the feeling of freedom and movement in his subjects, while still portraying them with a balanced combination of realism and abstraction.
Based in Wynwood, Miami, Betten is represented by Goldman Global Arts inside the Wynwood Walls. His murals can be seen in Wynwood and New York City.
The founder of Lost Art, an art and design brand, Betten spent twenty years designing and making one-of-a-kind pieces from leather and other natural materials. His works are coveted by rock stars and receive international press coverage. Betten’s design collaborations have included McGuire furniture, customizing a Gibson guitar, a Harley Davidson motorcycle, costumes and wings for The Victoria Secret fashion shows.
Origin: Denver, Colorado
Lindsey & Jonathan Lamb are the Co-Founders of LK MNDD. They live in Denver, CO, the home of Like Minded Productions.
With a focus on integrating public and private participation in art, and efforts to expand the world’s street art and murals, Like Minded is dedicated to continuing bringing art to places that need and accept it.
In 2006, Artists Lindsey & Jon Lamb, along with Michael Ortiz created Like Minded — an art collective. Like Minded has created several prominent, large-scale mural projects in Denver as part of their growing efforts with the cultural programs established in Denver. Like Minded continues to expand their reach with murals in London, Miami, L.A., Jamaica and Mexico.
Origin: Seoul, South Korea
Chris Chanyang Shim, better known as Royyal Dog, is a street artist originally from Seoul, South Korea, rapidly growing in the world’s graffiti scene. He began painting at the age of 17 when he became inspired from the Hip Hop music scene. Royyal Dog would later become recognized for his spray paintings that depict black women dressed in traditional Korean dresses (known as a Hanbok), conceptually bridging the gap between two drastically different cultures. Royyal Dog has created murals in L.A, New York, San Francisco, and more to share his artistic inspirations with the public.
Origin: Caracas, Venezuela
Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, artist Slomo has been working and living in our city of Miami for the past decade. Slomo’s style is geometric in both his abstract and figurative pieces, with transparencies and color overlays characterizing his work and only uses spray cans as his tool of choice. The Miami based artist cites Kinetic Art from Venezuela as the influence that sparked his process, but credits Barcelona and all the contemporary street artists from Spain for shaping the work he depicts in his art today.
Perhaps it was by chance, or more likely by unconscious design, that Slomo surrounded himself with people and places that turned him to street art, influential artists, places, cities and more importantly, a flowering Miami scene that encouraged him to dive deep into art and creation. A scene that he immediately identified with and was fortunate enough to experience firsthand.
Origin: Barcelona, Spain
Txemy is synonymous with color, as this artist loves colors. One glance at his work is more than enough to realize this truth. His art depicts his reality, created through apparently meaningless lines, colored lines which are easy for to get lost in. It isn’t until he completes his work that you see that all those meaningless lines were fully intentional, coming alive through its vibrant colors, and allowing us to delve into his imagination.
With Txemy, art is innovation, but he bases his work on the study and observation of the work of the great artists who have been relevant to his training and development of current projects, like Van Gogh, Jackson Pollock and Basquiat, among others.