A Celebration of the Art of Living


Art Wine Life is an innovative cultural arts program inviting you to taste and experience the good life. Celebrating great art, wine, and ideas, Art Wine Life brings all three of these things together into one creative synergy.

Great Art. Great Wine. Great Ideas.

Guided by Mark Riva, artist, philosopher, and wine expert, Art Wine Life is the home of the art and wine lifestyle. Art and wine have been around since the dawn of civilization. The oldest story told is a 44,000-year-old cave painting. The common grape vine dates back two million years. Enjoyed the world over, art and wine are two of humanities most cherished forms of “culture,” which is our broadest expression of life.

Young Man Drinking A Glass Of Wine by Jan van Bijlert

A Toast to Great Quotes

The equation of art, wine, and life is a timeless combination writ large in many a famous quote by artists, winemakers, and philosophers alike.

Wine is life. ― Petronius

The big art is our life. M. C. Richards

Everyone is an artist. ― Joseph Beuys

What we play is life. ― Louis Armstrong

Wine is a peep-hole on a man. ― Alcaeus

Art is the proper task of life. ― Friedrich Nietzsche

Art is the signature of civilizations. ― Jean Sibelius

The subject matter of art is life. ― George Santayana

The flavor of wine is like delicate poetry. ― Louis Pasteur

Wine is the only artwork you can drink. ― Luis Fernando Olaverri

Man is no longer an artist; he has become a work of art. ― Friedrich Nietzsche

The line between art and life should be kept as fluid, and perhaps indistinct, as possible. ― Allan Kaprow

This concern which interests us more than anything else: the blurring of the distinction between art and life. ― Marcel Duchamp

One must give value to their existence by behaving as if ones very existence were a work of art. ― Friedrich Nietzsche

One conclusion is easy to reach: Art and Wine and Life go hand-in-hand. Art, it is said, is a mirror of life. Fine art reflects the good life. Fine wine is like fine art, each bottle tells a story. In telling the story of art and wine, we are telling the story of life.

Hip, Hip, Hurrah! by Peder Severin Krøyer

Ignite Your Imagination

The bridge between art and life is the creative imagination. A prime igniter of the imagination is wine. A quote that sets the tone is by Yves Klein, a leading member of the French Nouveau réalisme movement:

The imagination is the vehicle of sensibility, transported by the imagination, we attain life, life itself, which is absolute art.

― Yves Klein

Indeed, to see life as an art is the ethos of the avant-garde, giving us the liberty and license to re-invent our understanding of art and through it, all of life itself. Art Wine Life thus is art as it reflects wine and life, wine as it reflects art and life, and life as it reflects art and wine. Altogether, it adds up to something deliciously creative and unexpectedly profound.

-A Good Life
-The Good Life
-Art Perception
-Moments of Vision
-The Act of Creation
-For the Love of Wine
-The Courage to Create
-Dali, The Wines of Gala
-How to Live a Good Life
Aesthetics of the Everyday
Aesthetics of Everyday Life

The Discovery of Happiness
Essays on the Blurring of Art & Life

Life as Art: Aesthetics and the Creation of Self
-Reading David Hume’s ‘Of the Standard of Taste’
Intersections of Value: Art, Nature, and the Everyday
-Art and Artist: Creative Urge and Personality Development
Life as Art and Beyond: Living Artfully for Oneself and Others

-Fire in the Crucible: The Self-Creation of Creativity and Genius
Every Man an Artist: Readings in the Traditional Philosophy of Art
Art of Living: Classical Manual on Virtue, Happiness, and Effectiveness
-Wine & Wisdom – A Halachic Overview of Fine Wines and Their Brachos
-The Wine of Wisdom: The Life, Poetry and Philosophy of Omar Khayyam
Life as Art from Nietzsche to Foucault: Life, Aesthetics, and the Task of Thinking

-Wine Wit & Wisdom: Everything You’ll Never Need to Know About the World of Wine

Click here for more books on art, life, ideas, creativity, culture, invention, and innovation.

René Magritte, L’inspiration

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Art Wine Life comes to The Dali Museum in artsy St. Petersburg, FL on Sunday, March 29th to participate in their annual Los Vinos de Dali fundraising event.

The Dali Museum

At Los Vinos de Dali, Art Wine Life will stage an experience that includes:

Anarchist Wine Co.
  • Six bottles of commemorative Los Vinos de Dali wine courtesy of Anarchist Wine Co. wine will be hand-painted by St. Petersburg based artist Anna Ayres and paired with a copy of Salvador Dali’s book The Wines of Gala courtesy of TASCHEN and donated to the silent auction.
Salvador Dali’s The Wines of Gala published by TASCHEN
  • The Art Wine Life experience culminates with a celebratory toast to Salvador Dalí, Gala, and The Dalí Museum, including the presentation of an iconic memento created by New York based multimedia artist Joan Pope.

Please stay tuned for more information coming soon.

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