Before we ever painted a cave wall, we painted ourselves... We are the symbolic species, defined by our art and imagination. Our skin is the edge of who we are, and when we mark our skin we take control of our identity and proclaim our humanity.
Christopher Agostino is an exceptional visual artist and fascinating speaker, delving into the cultural traditions of painted faces and masks—from marks of social identity in tribal body art to the impersonation of the supernatural in ceremonies and world theatre—along with the influence of these traditional sources on modern art and culture. Before Cave Walls... is an inspiring performance challenging audiences to recognize the origins of our collective humanity and the pivotal role that art played in our becoming human—illustrated live on the faces of the audience.
“Your Discovery theatre performance has been highly praised.... The event was a tremendous success thanks to your involvement!”
— S. Magnano, World Science Festival
“Thank you so much for the wonderful segment this morning... it was soooo good. Exactly what we both wanted. You are just a treasure—can’t wait for next year.”
— M.Waldman, CBS Early Show
In his stage presentations, Christopher Agostino shares discoveries from his 30 year adventure in theatre, storytelling and painting faces, and his exploration into the anthropology of the art of transformation.