Phil Roberts and Mark Wagner
I Madonnnari, Italian Street Painting Festival, Santa Barbara 1994

In 1994 Phil Roberts invited art school buddy Mark Wagner to help him with the featured street painting piece – Michelangelo’s “Last Judgement.” 10 x 20 ft. (6 days). Roberts is a master of the arts, creating everything under the sun from larger than life size surf sculptures, movie posters, to water theme parks around the world.

This was the beginning of Mark Wagner’s chalk drawing career and the beginning of Drawing on Earth.
Thank you Phil Roberts!

This recent Memorial day weekend was the 25th anniversary of the I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival in Santa Barbara 2011. This chalk drawing festival is the oldest festival in the USA. Created by Kathy Koury, the festival, like most, raises money to keep the arts alive.

And there he was again, 17 years later! Thanks…. bro!


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