Stick Vega

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BUZZING, 6-1-2012 Acrylic, Fuses, And Exploding Gunpowder On Board 36 X 36 © 2012
RING OF FIRE, 11-15-2011 Gunpowder, Fire, Acrylic, Board 28" By 28" © 2011
BUZZFISH #3, 3-1-2012 Acrylic, Fuses, And Exploding Gunpowder On Board 24 X 48 © 2012
THREE BULLS, 8-15-2011 Acyrlic, Fuses And Exploding Gunpowder, Board 2' X 6' © 2011
BLOWN BUZZ, 7-15-11 Acrylic, Gunpowder, Fuses, Fire, Board 48" By 48" © 2011
FOUR BULLS, 2-2-2012 Acrylic, Fuses, And Exploding Gunpowder On Board 2' X 8' © 2012
THOROUGHBUZZ, 12-22-2012 Gunpowder, High Speed Fuses, Arcylic On Board 36" X 28" © 2012
Blue Buzzman, 1-8-14 Fine Art Archival Print 24" X 24" © 2014
Quick Facts
Birth year
Lives in
Madison, WI
Works in
Madison, WI
University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1983, Bachelor of Arts
Edgewood College, 1988, Masters
Board pop modern modern, Water, acrylic pop painting, Fuses, Gunpowder, fire, mixed-media, pop, modern, graffiti/street-art

Stick Vega works with high speed fuse and gunpowder to create primitive, modern and explosive art.  Vega’s “pop” expressionism paintings and photoworks originate in ancient drawings, graphic art, and emotional observations. Through a process of laying fuse, gunpowder, stencils, paint, and scraping he creates his paintings in a sudden burst of energy that unites the shapes, colors and texture. Stick believes that when the fuse is lit, anything might happen.  It is at that moment that true art exists.

Stick Vega was born in Wisconsin and studied at the University of Wisconsin - Madison receiving a BS in Economics and Mathematics. Stick went on to obtain his MBA from Edgewood College.  He was owner and CEO of WinterSilks and on his travels to China developed a love of minimalist art and gunpowder. Stick sold the company in 2006 to pursue his passion. He creates and blogs from his studio - The Blast Factory - in Madison, Wisconsin and the Bucktown neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois.  

Commercial Installations:

Dreamworks. Los Angeles. CA

Atlanta Capital Group, Atlanta, GA

Gennas Lounge, Madison, WI

Smart Studios, Madison, WI 

Tempest Oyster Bar, Madison, WI

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