Bio & Statement
Lee Balan works in three different mediums: Digital Montage (using Photoshop), Assemblage, and Acrylic Painting. He became the Administrative Director for ONE in Long Beach, CA where he established a program for the Arts. Lee worked as a mental health professional and manager of a "Clubhouse" program for adults with mental-health challenges. He helped organize and facilitate workshops in art and writing to help clients manage symptoms. Balan's art has been exhibited in several galleries in California & Arizona. He performed at Intersection in San Francisco and Beyond Baroque in Venice, CA. He recently published The Trump Chronicles with 14 digital illustrations and 12 short stories, sold online at Lulu.com
I put myself in a mental hospital when I was nineteen. I suffered from anxiety and depression. As I grew up I leaned to control my symptoms through art and writing. I began to accept myself. I've always identified with people who face extreme difficulties. My inspiration comes from the simple act of living from day to day. My art is a way to discover answers to questions about consciousness and life: How do people survive? How do we flourish in a life cut short by death? Currently I use Digital art to discover the answers I seek. The digital medium helps me see the world through a different lens. Each image I create is a fragment of a larger whole.