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Performance artist David Garibaldi returns to Sheldon High School

If you watched the past season of America’s Got Talent you were undoubtedly introduced to performance artist David Garibaldi. His style of art is quite unique and rather impressive, painting very large canvases in time to music in such a way that you’re left guessing up to the end, and very often amazed at the outcome. For a further twist, sometimes he paints these pieces upside down, only rotating them at the end.

He had already built a solid career performing to sold out audiences and being commissioned for private pieces when he and his dance group, the CMYKs, auditioned for the show.

Garibaldi has performed at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, opened for the Blue Man Group, Snoop Dogg, produced several successful tours of his performance art, and performed locally at the 11th Annual Sacramento Film and Music Festival, held at the Crest Theater.

His career in art began in what Sheldon High School Visual and Performing Arts teacher Shawn Sullivan describes as aerosol art, or as it’s more commonly known, graffiti. Sullivan, a long-time animation and film teacher at Sheldon High School in Elk Grove, gave Garibaldi the chance, and the medium, to turn his passion for graffiti art into a successful career. The two have been close and have collaborated ever since.

Garibaldi frequently comes to Sullivan for advice on new pieces or tour ideas while either working in his Elk Grove studio or even while on the road and in return has given something back to the school where he found the guidance to turn his art into a career.

One such time was earlier this year when Sheldon’s K9 Studios, the production studio of Sullivan’s animation and film program, collaborated with Garibaldi on an opening animation video for his CMYK dancers. The class helped develop the story line, created the story boards, and handled the production from character art through the final edit, working in small department teams just like a professional film studio would.

Today David is back at Sheldon performing live for an audience, with several of the pieces created today being raffled off. If you tuned into Good Day Sacramento this morning, you saw brief clips of this performance and caught an interview with Shawn Sullivan, the teacher who helped him find the path that has led him to where he is today.

With so many talented students having launched their careers coming out of Sullivan’s program, it’s no surprise that Garibaldi has found the success that he has. He’s been in great company and Sheldon High School, and the Sacramento area in general, is very fortunate that another hometown star continues to give back to the community and the people who inspired them.

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