Alex Grey - a Very Visionary Artist and a Leading Spiritual Figure

Alex Grey is a notable visionary artist who teaches the creation and appreciation of art is a spiritual practice that can lead to awakening to the divine.

Alex Gray portrait

His art incorporates many spiritual symbols such as chakras, auras, and illumination. He infuses these spiritual aspects into drawings of human anatomy such as skeletons, nerves, or the cardiovascular system in such a way as to provide a multidimensional view of the many layers of humans as spiritual beings.

When you see a painting by  Grey, you're not likely to forget it any time soon ... they're generally quite remarkable - as well as pretty unique on the world scene.

Alex Grey Biography

Alex Grey was born on November 29, 1953 in Columbus, Ohio. His father worked as a graphic designer and prompted young Alex to nurture his drawing ability.

From the beginning, his artwork reflected the themes of transcendence and death. Grey developed a love of art and went on to study at the Columbus College of Art and Design for two years, and then spent one year at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

When A. Grey was in art school in Boston, he met his wife, Allyson Rymland Grey, who is also an artist.

It was during this time period he had mystical experiences induced by LSD and other entheogens (plants and substances that allow you to get in touch with the divine) that had an impact on the direction of his work.

These mystical experiences made him change his world view from agnostic existentialism to a sort of transcendentalism. (This change towards transcendentalism put him in the very distinguished company of such historical figures as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Henry David Thoreau and Margaret Fuller).

After art school, A. Grey worked at Harvard in the anatomy department, during which time he studied the anatomical design of the human body and prepared for work as a medical illustrator. He also worked with Dr. Joan Borysenko and Dr. Herbert Benson at Harvard's department of Mind/Body Medicine - they did scientific experiments studying subtle healing energies.

A. Grey was an instructor in Artistic Anatomy and Figure Sculpture at New York University. Now he teaches courses in visionary art in places such as the Omega Institute and the Open Center in New York City.

Alex Grey Art

One of the most notable Alex Grey art collections is "The Sacred Mirrors." This is a series of twenty-one life sized paintings that take viewers on a journey through the human mind, body, and spirit. These Alex Grey paintings reflect cosmic and biological evolution and the interplay of spiritual and anatomical forces. They show the multidimensional nature of man, his divine nature and connection to the cosmos.

Other A. Grey paintings utilize the same multidimensional technique when depicting common scenes as praying, kissing, and meditating. His visionary art expresses the divine nature of human beings and is an inspiration to viewers. Because of this, Grey was named by Watkins Review as being among the top twenty spiritual leaders living today.

Alex Grey Books - Books by Alex Grey

  • "Sacred Mirrors: The Visionary Art of Alex Grey" was published in 1990 and is available as a hardcover and paperback book. This book contains reproductions of Grey's notable artwork in the Sacred Mirrors collection. The paintings depict anatomically precise human forms that transcend the physical and take on spiritual and metaphysical qualities. The pictures embody the whole of a human from his physical qualities to the energy surrounding him and his connection to the cosmic divine. In addition to Grey's artwork, this book contains essays on the importance of Grey's visionary art written by Ken Wilbur and Carlo McCormick.

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  • "Transfigurations" was published in 2001 and is available as a hardback or paperback book. This is a collection of A. Grey art that showcases his visionary approach to combining human anatomy with divine energy. Also included are essays from Ken Wilbur, Stephen Larsen, and Albert Hoffman.

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  • "The Mission of Art" was published in 2001. In this book, Grey shares his experiences as an artist and explains how artistic expression can be used for spiritual development. This an inspiring book for artists and spiritual seekers. It contains exercises and tips that anyone can use to explore the spiritual aspect of art.

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  • "Art Psalms" was published in 2008. In this book  Grey explains art is a transformative path that leads to spiritual awakening. It contains more than 150 reproductions of his artwork along with poems and writings designed to inspire spiritual seekers.

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  • "Net of Being" was published in 2012 and contains over 200 paintings by Alex Grey. In addition, it has many photographs of his live painting performances. This book explores how artwork and mystical experiences open the doors to cosmic unity. The painting "Net of Being" came about after an ayahuasca experience where Grey had a powerful vision of an infinite grid of Godheads. The painting that resulted has been seen by millions of people because it has been commercially reproduced on clothing and jewelry. It was also the cover art for Tool's album "10,000 Days." This book also considers how visionary art can lead to a cultural revolution.

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Alex Grey Art in the Media

Alex Grey art has been seen and loved by millions of people around the world in the form of his art exhibitions, books, calendars, and reproductions that have been used as wall paintings and t-shirt designs.

His creative work has appeared as cover art on books and magazines such as High Times, Newsweek, Shambhala Sun, Gnosis, Vision, and Sub Rosa.

In addition, reproductions of his paintings have been used by bands and other musical groups such as Tool, David Byrne, Nirvana, The String Cheese Incident, Beastie Boys, and Michael Hedges.

More Alex Grey

Alex Grey has a vision, and it is called the Entheon Project. He calls this a place to discover God. It is an ambitious undertaking of visionary architecture and art that will inspire artists and assist spiritual seekers on their quests toward enlightenment.

Grey explains visionary art is so important because it is a direct link to God and the source of sacred wisdom traditions. The Chapel of the Sacred Mirrors is a part of the Entheon where Grey's Sacred Mirrors artwork comes to life being sculpted into the architecture. The vision is to create a forty-acre sacred space devoted to visionary art and evolving consciousness.

Enthusiasts of Alex Grey artwork can follow the progress of the Entheon, and keep abreast of the artist's exhibition schedule by reading his blog, Facebook page, and Twitter postings.

External links to Cool Websites

Entheogen (plants and substances that allow you to get in touch with the divine) as explained on

Transcendentalism as explained on  - and as explained on

Alex Grey's official website

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