Rimas K. Simaitis
Rimas K. Simaitis's artistic practice is informed by research regarding the geographical influences a region has upon the development and formation of its cultures and populations. He developed an interest in radio transmissions when studying how Reggae music formed on the island of Jamaica. Due to the close proximity of Miami and New Orleans, Jamaica could receive the distinct music being broadcast from radio stations in these cities. The music being heard across the airwaves ultimately influenced the development of Jamaica’s own music and culture in a post-colonial era when the islanders were seeking their own, new identity. Simaitis’s work has been included in exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara; the University of California, Los Angeles; the Roots & Culture Contemporary Arts Center in Chicago; SOIL in Seattle; the Boise Art Museum, the Hammer Museum and MOCA, in Los Angeles, and the Indianapolis Museum of Art. He has exhibited with the galleries Benrimon Contemporary in New York, and Samuel Freeman in Los Angeles. Simaitis holds an MFA in Spatial Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and two undergraduate degrees in music and management from Seattle University. Simaitis currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.