Douglas Landau was born on March 14, 1957. and raised in New York City. In high school he was awarded the Iron Horse as best swimmer in the city then attended SUNY@Buffalo. After 2 years he left university, traveled across Canada, and settled in San Francisco at the age of 19. He studied film history and making at San Fransisco State.
He returned to New York in 1980 residing in the East Village where he opened the infamous King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, a performance/art bar during the heyday of the East Village art scene. The Whitney Museum recently recreated the venue for it’s first installation when it moved downtown in 2015.
“The Speaker Series” that he created asked luminaries to lecture and answer questions. Notables Allen Ginsberg, Quentin Crisp, Tiny Tim, RuPaul, Al Lewis (Grandpa Munster), Ultraviolet, Joe Franklin and many other legends participated.
In the 90’s, he produced large parties in New York and Miami clubs always with art, installations and performance.
By his mid thirties Douglas had enough of nightlife. He learned accounting and taxes and worked 9-5. The change was exhilarating but didn’t last. After a few years he left the office to dedicate himself more to his art and to travel. He has lived many months in Hawaii, Miami, Buenos Aires and Madrid, several years in Florence, Italy and decades coming and going from Rio de Janeiro. He speaks fluent portuguese, italian and spanish.
After a long period of lamenting the changes and expense of New York and searching for somewhere else to call home, he is currently back in New York and has committed to stay, at least for a while.
Douglas creates his collages from found magazines. He uses clear acrylic that he applies with his finger to paste and protect. Over the years his canvas have grown in size and intricacy. He is currently working on a video/sound collage of his work.