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Alex Grey

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Alex Grey was born on November 29, 1953 in Columbus, Ohio to a middle class family eventually becoming one the world's greatest visionary artists of today. As a young kid he use to collect insects and dead animals and bury them in his backyard until he was bitten by a rabid bat. He had to endure a painful series of rabies antitoxin injections with a serum that was made of dead dried duck embryos which left a big lump under his skin. At age 10 he would watch his grandmother turn jaundice yellow and asked his dad when she would be getting better. He told him she wouldn't get better, and that she was dying. These things taught him something about death and how things don't last forever. This early brush with the non-living as well as with medicine warped his art subject matter and got him thinking what happens to us when we die and if we have a spirit where does it go. His father being a graphic designer strongly encouraged his early drawing and guided his development until he became a rebellious teenager. When he got older he attended the Columbus College of Art and Design for two years before he dropped out and started painting billboards. After a couple years of that he went to study with Jay Jaroslav at the Boston Museum School for a year. He then spent five years at Harvard's Anatomy department studying the body and preparing dead bodies for dissection. Working there provided him a key understanding of our iridescent, fibrous physical anatomy and unforgettable guarantee of death. Doing so prepared him for painting the Sacred Mirrors. Some of the doctors that saw the Sacred Mirrors recommended him to a large pharmaceutical company where he worked as a medical illustrator for 10 years. In 1975 after a journey to the north magnetic pole he attempted to psychologically connect with the geomagnetic field around the earth in search of god. The next day at a party he tripped on LSD for his first time with future wife, Allyson, experiencing many different...