Phil Hansen, Artist, speaker, author
Referred to by his fans as “the artist for the people,” Phil Hansen is an internationally recognized multimedia artist, speaker, author and innovator at the forefront of bringing art to a wider audience. Crashing through conventional boundaries, Hansen works at the intersection of traditional art, electronic media, offbeat materials and interactive experiences. He’s widely known for his meta art, videos that document the creation process (sometimes even through destruction), showing millions that art is action, not just result. Hansen's work also extends deeply into traditional media with features on the Discovery Channel, “Good Morning America,” “The Rachael Ray Show,” “Last Call with Carson Daly” and in Glamour magazine. His work is sought out by influential clients, including the Grammy Awards, Disney, Skype, Mazda and the Rockefeller Foundation. For those who’ve seen Hansen’s art on TV and online, it's hard to imagine that his artistic journey nearly came to an end when he developed a tremor in his drawing hand. In exploring new ways to create art, Hansen discovered that by embracing his shake, limitations could become the passageway to creativity. His inspirational story was first shared on the TED stage and then made its way around the world, including on PBS, BBC and CCTV. Now, Hansen’s ability to draw parallels to business and education have won him followers among industry leaders and education organizations. In addition to speaking and creating art, Hansen is an advocate for advancing art education. He's the author of Tattoo a Banana, a guide to exploring creativity through art with everyday materials, and the founder of Goodbye-Art Academy, providing free high-quality art education videos to teachers and students everywhere.