Mitsumasa Overstreet is a contemporary visual artist and designer primarily known for his public art installations.
Mitsu’s journey through his art has lead him to focus on public works as one of his most important expressions. In every public project he takes on it brings a challenge of joining the process of creating as a consciously self-searching artist with an empathic collaboration with the real people and environments surrounding the work. This results in unique place-making and meaningful environments that captures and highlights the individual experience as key to creating art that strengthens a cohesive identity in the community it reflects. He sees public art as a source of energy where communities can heal and grow. It can create new positive identities out of places where they previous were negative or none at all. It can also activate an area with creativity that inspires fresh new perspectives in communities to help them flourish culturally, economically and educationally.
Overstreet graduated from the California College of the Arts in Oakland/San Francisco, California. This past year he designed and oversaw the installation of “The River / El Rio: Both Sides, No Sides,” an extended terrazzo floor installation from “River Spirit” at the EL Paso International Airport. Currently, he’s working as an Allied Artist for The Chihuahuan Desert installation at The El Paso Zoo due to be installed in 2018.
photo: Bill Stengel
“The River/El Rio: both Sides, No Sides” Public Art Terrazzo Floor Installation, El Paso International Airport, El Paso, TX
“Journey” Mural Installation, Atlantic City, NJ
“River Spirit” Public Art Terrazzo Floor Installation, El Paso International Airport, El Paso, TX
Tricky Falls Movie set installation for Omar Rodriguez Lopez film production
“Dream Fountain” Collaborative multimedia installation with artist Gera Lozano, Chalk the Block, EL Paso TX
“Therapy for fear of birds” Art installation for Tri-State Cosmetology School, El Paso, TX
“Fear Head” Collaborative Mural Commission for Group public art show Wonderland, San Francisco, CA.
“Regeneration” Mural Commission for the City of El Paso, Museum and Cultural Affairs Dept. 2008
“Revolution” Mural Commission for the Dream Center Youth Church, Las Cruces, NM
“Reconnect” Interactive art installation for Currents 2012, New Media Art Festival Santa Fe, NM
“Burning Yucca” Mural Installation for the Inquisitive Eyes at the El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, TX
“Home” Collaborative Public Art Installation, Temple to the Future, Group Street Art Exhibition, El Paso, TX
“Wrekage” Collaborative Mural installation, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico “Silos” Mural Art Installation, Silo Street Art Gallery El Paso, Texas
“deepCore” Digital Art Installation, Urban Gallery, El Paso TX
“High Five” Redbull, Live Aerosol Art Billboard Installation for Cinco de Mayo, El Paso, TX
“Agnomena 915: Aerosol Art in the Border City, UTEP Union Gallery Exhibition