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The Violators exhibition by subversive, thought-provoking, NYC artist, GIO BLACK PETER opens today October 19 and runs through October 12 at the Leslie-Lohman Museum in New York City.

Gio Black Peter (Giovanni Andrade Paolo Guevara, born 1979 in Guatemala) is a New York-based performance artist as well as an ardent visual artist. He examines text and subject, truth and fakery, rebellion and authority. 

Gio Black Peter by Bruce La Bruce

Gio Black Peter byLaBruce.

His subversive work has quickly earned him a name in the downtown New York scene of young emerging artists who participate in today's dialogue about the deconstruction of high profile, white box presentation and the desire to raise art awareness.

Communion, Le Loup by Gio Black Peter

Communion, Le Loup by Gio Black Peter. Acrylic, gold leaf, on wood.

Gio Black Peter - Communion, Party Boy. Acrylic, gold leaf, on wood

Communion, Party Boy. Acrylic, gold leaf, on wood. Gio Black Peter.

Communion, Daniel by Gio Black Peter

Communion, Daniel by Gio Black Peter. See more from the Communion (glory hole) series at www.gioblackpeter.com

Peter’s eye-popping, sex-positive art, video, and performances explores nocturnal dreamlands and lucidity of the everyday, with themes including queer identity, the policing of boundaries, race, sexuality and immigration.

Swan, this bird has flown by Gio Black Peter

Swan, this bird has flown. By Gio Black Peter. Acrylic and oil pastel on NYC subway map.

You Can't Kill Me by Gio Black Peter

You Can't Kill Me by Gio Black Peter. Acrylic and oil pastel on NYC subway map.

Creature from McGuinness Pool by Gio Black Peter

Creature from McGuinness Pool by Gio Black Peter. Acrylic and oil pastel on NYC subway map.

At the core of Black Peter's thinking is the idea that the life of art depends on the viewers willingness to suspend his or her rational thoughts and play into the believability of lies and realistic falsehoods. Familiarity and a seductive aesthetic draw the viewer back to Black Peter's art – a visceral exploration of vulnerability and self-reflection.

One Finger by Gio Black Peter

One Finger by Gio Black Peter. Mixed media on archival paper.

Peter The Hot Jupiter by Gio Black Peter

Peter The Hot Jupiter by Gio Black Peter. Mixed media on archival paper.

Before the Horse Drops by Gio Black Peter

Before the Horse Drops by Gio Black Peter. Acrylic on canvas.

Gio Black Peter has appeared as an actor in James Bolton's film "Eban and Charley" (2001) and Bruce LaBruce's film "Otto; or, Up with Dead People" (2008). In 2013 he published a limited edition queer magazine "Satanica" and self-released "The Virgin Shuffle" album. In 2016 he was the featured artists at the 30th annual Hyères international festival of fashion and photography in France.  

With Incredible Speed by Gio Black Peter

With Incredible Speed by Gio Black Peter. Acrylic on wood with leather strap and gold metallic hardware.

Revolving Door Gio Black Peter

A still from the totally NSFW Bruce LaBruce video for the Gio Black Peter single,"Revolving Door (New Fuck New York)." Watch here.

Gio Black Peter for Walter Van Bierendonk

In 2017 Gio's work was used by Belgium designer Walter Van Beirendonck for his SS 2017 menswear collection. Below a scarf as seen on the website for forward fashion boutique Elkel in NYC (sold out).

Walter Van Bierendonck scarf featuring Gio Black Peter print at Elkel NYC

Gio has curated the New York City group exhibition, The Violators, at the Leslie-Lohman Museum, opening today, Friday, October 19, 6:00 pm and running through Sunday, October 21, 6:00 pm. The show will feature the work of 15 international queer artists who fight censorship on social media, promote sex positivity and queer visibility: Alex La Cruz , Anne Lamb, Ari Fraser, Benjamin Ackermann, Brian Kenny, Bruce LaBruce, Damien Blottiere, Edwin Pabon & Will Wikle, Frankie Rice, Gerardo Vizmanos, Gio Black Peter, Josh Paul Thomas, Joseph Wolfgang Ohlert, Madeline Bohm, Matt Lambert, Natasha Gornik, Nicky Miller, Oliver Sarley, Paco Y.

The Violators curated by Gio Black Peter

Earlier this year, Gio served as the creative director for The Black Party: Rites XXXIX, creating the "PIgtopia" theme and videos, including the happily twisted teaser and promo videos.

Gio Black Peter lives in New York City and is currently working on a forhtcoming book project and album scheduled to be released in 2018.

For more about Gio Black Peter and to view his gorgeous portfolio, visit his website at www.gioblackpeter.com and definitely check out his Instagram page @gioblackpeterx

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