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Hey, I'm Damian Oleksiuk, and I work at the intersection of conflict, art, and design.

I love to create, especially when it completes an inner process or vision. I’ve turned struggles and mind-states into artwork into rent money and have helped others do the same.

I've loved to draw since I was a kid, have been doing woodwork for the past three years, and have been studying conflict facilitation and meditation for five.

Aside from the work you see here, my BIG CONCRETE MISSION is to design holistic mental health hospitals/centers that help people to resolve extreme states and find the freedom to create more meaningful, stable, and healthy lives. I’ll either do this through traditional means of architecture school or raise capital for land development.

You can hire me to either:

  1. Create a piece of art/design ($1000+). Most people who hire me either come up with a fresh new idea or come to me with something they like about my previous work and want their own spin on it. You don’t have to know what you want at first. Helping you figure that out is part of my gig. I typically don’t go lower than $1,000, because I love exploring detail and emotion, and I want to make sure I have the time and freedom to get you the piece you really want.

  2. Facilitate conflict/creative process ($90/hr). I’ve been in the mental hospital, struggled with anxiety, depression and insomnia, have been diagnosed bipolar, and am also a person. I get out of bed every day and make art and have a job at an architecture firm which I love. My friends are way rad, I don’t drink, and I’m generally a good sport about life, all while also having a physical disability aka bum ankle from a botched surgery. After understanding much of the above and helping other people get through their own issues, I’d love to listen to what you’ve got going on (maybe it’s similar to the above, maybe it’s totally different) and come up with some solutions on what you can do next. Some people have said an hour or two with me is great, and that’s all they needed. Some people are ongoing. 24 hour cancellation fee. On Skype or in person.

Stay sane(ish) out there.

Damian

undamtheriver@gmail.com

Based out of Oakland, California.

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