Magnus Sodamin is a psychedelic journey in the form of a person with a hint of Austrian country club and Lisa Frank. When I'm with him I know I’m in the presence of a genius, but it’s secondary to the full-hearted energy in his laugh. He’s crazy in the best of ways, but mostly just a curious and dedicated explorer of his craft. Sodamin himself is a work of art and his art reflects that. Developed from an exploratory nature, Sodamin has created a body of work with a visual language that communicates what is difficult to put into words. (excerpt from my piece Into the Rainbow Vein)
Since my last visit with Magnus, his painting “Magic Garden 3 (GAIA)” was acquired for the Boca Museum of Art’s permanent collection, he debuted his first mural at Jose Diego Middle School in Wynwood lead by Patrick Walsh of the Wynwood Arts District Association, and began a new Artist Residency at the Deering Estate alongside creating new works, exploring with wearables, and hopping around Norway and Austria in his most dapper attire. Florida is home and its ecology is an essential element and source of inspiration in his work.
This visit we explored the Deerling Estate, its environment, sacred burial grounds, and the wonders of the residency program that inspire Magnus’ hypnotic landscapes. I invited Neil Vasquez from the Miami New Times to join us. He’ll be writing a profile on Magnus, scheduled to be published early next week. In the meantime, below are photos from our studio / residency visit and adventure.