Justin Wood was born in Eau Claire, WI and grew up in Woodbridge, VA. He moved to New York in 2000 to attend the School of Visual Arts where he studied painting with Michael Goldberg, Jack Whitten, Joanne Greenbaum, Llyn Umlauf and Brooke Larsen. While at SVA, Justin began creating mixed media paintings made from materials found on the streets of New York. After graduating and moving to Washington, DC, he started working in a print shop and began to experiment with the use of inkjet ink as a painting medium, and started to create his own collage material out of inks and various printing substrates.
Justin began his formal fine art career with shows in Washington DC and lived and worked there for 2 years after graduating SVA. In 2007, Justin moved back to New York and over the next 7 years would have 4 solo shows in New York and numerous group shows, and art fairs throughout the United States. He had studios in Jersey City, Hoboken, Midtown Manhattan, Bushwick & Greenpoint, Brooklyn. During this time he also started working the bands and DJs by performing live visuals. He was a regular VJ for bands Dub Trio and Consider the Source and would go on with them to play some of the biggest venues in New York and Washington DC as well as present sculptural video installations at major music festivals on the East Coast. In 2010, Justin merged his two skill sets by bringing the VJ technology into his studio and started creating hybrid video paintings. He continues with this exploration today by merging new technologies with traditional art practices.
After spending a few years migrating back and forth between South Florida and NYC, Justin decided to make a permanent move to Florida in late 2013. The growth of the Miami art scene was very exciting to him and he saw it as a chance to help build something new and be a part of the change. In the summer of 2014, Justin established a temporary studio in Miami before finding a permanent home at Viophilia in the fall.
“Video mapping enables us to employ any number of computer technologies into a traditionally static medium unlocking what I believe to be a major shift in the creation and critique of paintings.”
Justin will curate a group show and present a solo show at Viophilia in 2015 as well as promote and present a series of video art screenings throughout the year.