Examining the Psychedelic Renaissance Season 2 – Episode 6 – The Role of Visionary Art in the Psychedelic Renaissance

Jake Kobrin, Chris Dyer, Amanda Sage, Simon Haiduk, and Chor Boogie are world-renowned contemporary artists that will discuss the role of visionary art in the next episode of Examining the Psychedelic Renaissance

Visionary art is characterized by art that expresses prophetic, mystical, or transcending experiences the artist has had. Among their creative endeavors and artist statements, these celebrated artists convey shared themes pertaining to the visionary art genre and the psychedelic renaissance; such as their experiences of the interconnected web of the entire universe, transcendence from the independent sense of self to the loving witnessing observer, and becoming a channel for an infinite source of energy.

Depictable as ‘Surrealism meets Psychedelic Art meets Fantastic Realism’, visionary art has been shaped by the collective evolution of art history. Join the discussion panel to learn more about visionary art and the psychedelic renaissance from five of the world’s leading visionary artists.

Date: Tuesday, October 27th

Time: 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM PST (8:00 PM – 9:30 PM EST)

About Jake Kobrin

Kobrin is a multidisciplinary artist with years of professional experience as a painter, writer, podcaster, musician, DJ and tattoo artist. He is also the founder of Medicine Dragon Designs, a jewellery and fashion line. Formally trained as a visual artist, he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Academy of Art, studied classical realist drawing and painting at the Angel Academy of Art, and studied painting at the Vienna Academy of Visionary Art. Since then, he has received great public attention for his visionary art, workshops, performances, publications and exhibitions.

In line with visionary art themes, Kobrin’s art is influenced by various spiritual life experiences he’s had, like lucid dreaming, meditation, psychedelic experiences, shamanic ceremonies and music festivals. In his artist statement, Kobrin writes that he sees himself as a channel for great spirit to create through him, and does not claim authorship for any of his art. He also claims to have personally experienced and witnessed psychedelics radically transform artists’ style evolution through the enhancement of creativity and visual acuity.  

About Chris Dyer

Dyer is a renowned Peruvian-Canadian artist known for his paintings, murals, sculptures, skateboarding art and clothing. Dyer received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Ottawa on a scholarship, and two diplomas in Visual Arts from Dawson College and Heritage College. Since then, he has showcased his work in a multitude of exhibitions, solo exhibitions, group shows, and has received a notable volume of press and awards. Dyer was also the art director and brand manager of Creation Skateboards for a couple of years.

Influenced by skateboard culture and street art, Dyer’s visionary art uses acrylic, spray paint, ink, gouache and other mixed media materials. In 2003, he released his brand, Positive Creations, which is a series of art connected by the theme of kindness. Dyer also explores other visionary themes through his art, such as consciousness, truth, oneness, introspection and personal development. Some of Dyer’s fans even say they have had psychedelic-induced visions of the creatures depicted in his art.

About Amanda Sage

Sage is a celebrated artist known for her acrylic and mixed media paintings, in addition to her  fashion brand, the Amanda Sage Collection. While developing her portfolio in 1997, she apprenticed under Michael Fuchs and Ernst Fuchs, two renowned artists with specializations in portrait painting and Fantastic Realism. Among their support, she learned Mischtechnik, a complex art layering technique, which is a noticeably remarkable quality in her art. Sage is the co-founder of the Vienna Academy of Visionary Art, and is a member of the board of directors of the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors (CoSM). She has showcased her work in various exhibitions, private collections, galleries, art fairs and festivals. She also offers workshops.

In Sage’s artist statement, she writes that she aims to shatter the illusion of separation, to create portals of infinite possibility, and to paint visions that are revealed to her. Sage is also inspired by other visionary themes like balance and interconnectedness, and sees painting as a tool for spiritual growth and transformation.

About Simon Haiduk

Haiduk is a multidisciplinary artist known for his oil and acrylic paintings, digital art, motion graphics, music, and line of merchandise including clothing, tapestries, yoga mats and more. He graduated Vancouver Film School in 2007, where he received a diploma in Digital Design. Haiduk’s work has been globally showcased in galleries, exhibitions, festivals and conventions. The winner of multiple art awards and published internationally, Haiduk produces ambient, meditative, and experimental electronic music, and has released four solo albums since 2002. Haiduk’s work is influenced by nature and the interconnected source of the universe. He believes that our collective need for nature unites us all together. In his artist statement, he writes that his art aims to inspire harmony between the Earth and its shared inhabitants, and that each of his creations reflect aspects about his personal life journey.

About Chor Boogie

Nicknamed “the colour shaman”, Boogie is an internationally acclaimed spray paint and street artist. Working primarily as a self-taught artist since he was 13 years old, Boogie’s work has been showcased in plenty of group and solo exhibitions, as well as at various prestigious venues, such as the 2008 Olympic Games and the Smithsonian Museum. He is a highly requested artist, especially for murals, has won multiple art awards, and has been internationally press published. Boogie produces paintings, murals, sculptures, posters, and apparel with an overarching visionary style. He’s also a public speaker and has presented on a range of social issues, including environmental preservation, human rights, class struggle, corporate corruption, drug policy reform and health care.

Boogie had a spiritual awakening in 2014 with the aid of a traditional African Bwiti shaman and iboga. After this experience, his style evolved, where he began integrating traditional African imagery into his art from what was revealed to him. Boogie’s visionary piece, Love Land (2015), was dedicated to his grandmother, and is one example of his style evolution, reflecting the themes of love, re-birth, and his grandmother’s spirit.

Join world-renowned contemporary artists Jake Kobrin, Chris Dyer, Amanda Sage, Simon Haiduk, and Chor Boogie, as they discuss the role of visionary art in this week’s edition of Examining the Psychedelic Renaissance.


Examining the Psychedelic Renaissance – Season 2 has three different price points , starting from $75.00 for the full 15 episodes. Single episodes are available for $15 each, with discounted rates for students, seniors and those affected by COVID-19. If cost is a barrier for your participation, please email webinar@mapscanada.org for a complimentary ticket. Tickets can be purchased online at www.mapscanada.org/webinar

1 thought on “Examining the Psychedelic Renaissance Season 2 – Episode 6 – The Role of Visionary Art in the Psychedelic Renaissance”

  1. This is a lovely synopsis of the artists, I enjoyed reading it 🙂 thank you for bringing together these creative visionaries!

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