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#028 – Fidia / Charlie Edmiston

Matt talks with renowned artists Charlie Edmiston and Fidia about their creative journeys, influences, and challenges in the art world. They discuss breaking away from past labels and embracing authenticity in their artistic visions. From Fidia's graffiti background to Charlie's evolving color palettes, they share insights into their styles and experimentation. The conversation also touches on the role of galleries and the value of self-expression in the creative process. This candid discussion offers valuable insights for aspiring and established artists alike. Listen to the full episode now.

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Charlie Edmiston


Charlie Edmiston's work explores the boundaries of form, media, and color in a manner evocative of mid-century modernists.

Where his predecessors' explorations are narrowing and subtractive, Edmiston's projects are expansive. What were once cutting edge and dangerous advances in the modernist avant-garde are now tamed as fundamental tools for art creation. It is not that Edmiston takes these works for granted, but rather that he has so fully accepted their validity that he can wield the concepts as building blocks for constructing artworks that are elusive in their definition. Art whose purpose is to invite further exploration and contemplation rather than codify stylistic definitions.

At a recent exhibit of works, Edmiston's pieces hang on the wall as paintings, yet strongly resemble minimalist sculptures in form and construction. They function as fine art, but they begin through a design process. Even individual shapes and colors elude definition. The harmonious and pleasing compositions may at a glance seem to include triangles and rectangles, but upon closer examination, lines end in curves, subtle angles add extra vertices and edges and truly regular shapes become the exception rather than the rule. Colors seldom use full saturation, instead, Edmiston prefers slightly muted and sophisticated tints and shades that when placed together evoke all the vibrancy of his native L.A., but individually are quiet and elusive - not red, but reddish, not blue, but sky-ish. The cumulative effect is one of soft boundaries, not for the edges of the individual works, but for the viewer's preconceived notions of what design is, what a painting or a sculpture is, and even what shapes and colors are.

Perhaps what is most remarkable about such genre-defying work is how elegantly inviting it is. In an era where many artists pursue a confrontational style, overwhelming the viewer with a crassness of imagery, and chaotic distortions of pop culture iconography, Edmiston's works function with a Zen-like grace. They are quiet invitations to open the mind. At once contemplative and accepting, the artist's work creates a safe space where the viewer can let go of external expectations and simply be.


Fidia Falaschetti

Fidia's journey into art began in his early childhood, raised in an inspiring and creative family. At the age of 16, Fidia was hired to produce wall paintings and illustrations for multiple stores and established companies. He grew up inspired by different subcultures, and then formed his creative skills from street art and the hip hop world. He studied Production Design at the Academy of Fine Arts, between Macerata and Florence in Italy, where he graduated in 2002 having already embarked on his professional career as a graphic designer, illustrator and photographer since 1995 he also collaborated with many international brands. After a 2 month trip to the United States, in 2007 Fidia decided to overturn his career, leaving the design industry and moving into Contemporary Art, which he found to be the ideal way to express and portray his feelings. The artist felt the need to start talking about the dark side of the world, trying to bring it to a more creative level. He realized that the best way to have a better world was to create positive art for the world which he produces through his illustrations and installations . In the same period, Fidia started his experience as an Art and Communications teacher which has been an amazing experience to gain knowledge about what the new generation needs. Over a few very successful years Fidia exhibited his work in museums, art fairs and galleries in India, France, the United States, Brazil, Indonesia, Switzerland, the UK and of course Italy, highlighted by international awards, newspaper and many magazine publications. He also spent long periods traveling outside of Italy, to become inspired by the amazing things which the world has to offer.

Matt Gondek


Matt Gondek is a Deconstructive Pop Artist, whose work is possessed with a punk rock spirit, celebrating rebellion and destruction. With a visceral pop color palette and a disarmingly playful tone, he tears down cartoon idols, akin to slaughtering our modern day gods. Born in 1982, his creative voice is rooted in the 90s; as a true conduit of his generation and their potentially pointless search for meaning and purpose amidst a cruel life in a flawed world. He boasts sold out exhibitions in his home of Los Angeles as well as New York, Paris, Bangkok, and Hong Kong.


  • Missing Person - November 2022 - Tokyo
  • Discipline - February 2022 - Mexico City
  • RATS - August 2021 - Los Angeles
  • Original Character - April 2021 - New York
  • Mood Swings - October 2020 - Paris
  • CONTROL - November 2019 - Los Angeles
  • Clean Break - April 2019 - Bangkok
  • Growing Pains - November 2018 - Hong Kong
  • Clean Break - May 2018 - New York
  • American Gods - November 2017 - Hong Kong
  • Glow in the Dark - September 2017 - Los Angeles
  • Unholy Hand - November 2015 - Detroit
  • Struggles - April 2015 - Pittsburgh
  • Kill 'Em All - September 2014 - Pittsburgh

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