Garrett Leo Augustyn is a Chicago based artist who graduated from the School of the Art Institute (SAIC) with a Bachelors of Fine Arts with Emphasis in Art Education (BFAAE) in 2017.
Garrett Leo’s interdisciplinary work explores what it means to be an American by looking at the history of the United States and its juxtaposition of our society today. His interests in American traditions and aesthetic representations has continued in his ongoing series of work; Grit Culture - the romanticization of an aesthetically pleasing culture with the intent to distort the historical reality. Through artistic expression, Garrett Leo manipulates themes of exploitation, glorification, and glamorization found within American aesthetics with what he refers to as grit. His passion for necessary dialogue in a fractured society is exemplified in this work with veterans. As a citizen, artist, and educator Garrett Leo uses his skill set and experiences, to help support the men and women who have served their country through healing by creative expression.
Garrett Leo currently works as a Visual Arts Educator for Chicago Public Schools and as the Art Director for CreatiVets.