Our Story

The Art Rising was founded in 2015 by Angeline Chen and Kyle Block.
It is a project to create bridges across cultures, explore our collective consciousness and give back to the World.

We begin by traveling to a region in the World.
We search for indigenous artists to support and collaborate with.
We learn about the social, economic and environmental circumstances in that region
and explore the question, how can we give back?

Our art is an exploration of the mysteries of our existence.
How are we connected across time, space, culture, language, and experience?
How can we utilize this momentous time of knowledge, imagination, technology, resources and change to empower positive action?
How can we inspire art as a tool for transformation into a more healthy, peaceful and just World?

Our latest project is called Samaki, a collaboration with Burmese, Thai and Khmer woodcarvers. It inspired us to build an artificial reef in the Gulf of Thailand and build a playground in a Burmese Refugee Camp.

The two projects have evolved into building a global strategy for coral regeneration and how to shift Refugee camps into sustainable and empowered eco-villages.

We will one day explore new regions in the world and forever dedicate our life's art to healing the relationship between humanity and nature.

Thank you for your love and support.