Beaches Love Todd DiCiurcio

Cardboard box filled with colorful cans of spray paint in shdes of pink, purple, blue, green, and orange.
Lgo lockup of "presented by Zen Water"

An Interview with Artist Todd DiCiurcio

Likely the most colorful human in attendance for The Surf Thing over the summer was artist Todd DiCiurcio—and that’s in a very literal way. Although his art speaks for itself, what it might not tell you is that he is also an avid surfer, Solento Tequila’s co-founder, and one-half of one of the sweeter romances out there with Meg DiCiurcio. Walking into the Surf Lodge in early June you might have been fortunate enough to spy a beautiful mural by the artist himself.  For the final installment of “Beaches Love” with our friends over at ZenWTR (the only alkaline water in bottles made from  100% recycled ocean-bound plastic), Todd talks about the relationship between art and water—and how it translates to his canvas.

Colorful abstract mural in the making. A white wall is partly covered with colorful shapes and on the floor next to it are drop cloths and a step ladder.
Todd DiCiurio standing in front of his mural holding a can of spray paint. He is wearing a white t-shirt, black jeans, a baseball hat, and a pair of latex gloves.

Whalebone: The ocean and art. How are they alike, and does it inform any of your work personally? 

Todd DiCiurcio: The meme for existence right here. A child’s reaction to seeing the ocean for the first time was, “Wow, look how big it is!” To which a wise parent replied, “and that’s only the top of it.”  

Nature’s struggle for balance in the great oceans is analogous to the filters one might use to interpret a harsh reality. One can only be the best observer to react—and the waves provide that opportunity to understand the greatest value in its presence…timing. This determines all of my mark-making. 

WB:What is your personal relationship like with the water? 

TD:I feel protected within it, protective of it, a pure love. Our bodies are 80% water, so the depths to which we are attracted is a great mystery, yet it is within us.  

The mural partway complete. This section of the white wall is covered in abstract shapes of neon pink and shades of blue, green, and red.

WB:What was the inspiration for the mural for The Surf Thing? 

TD: The Surf Thing mural process was purely unconscious. Looking back, perhaps a reaction to the energy which brings us to different experiences, dancing together with humans who live for that change. Whose love for the unknown becomes a very clear reality, one which is manifested. We all shared the shift upward that indeed celebrated a coming of age.  

Small section of the completed mural wall with a ratan chair in front of it. The wall leaves no white space and is dominated by the colors pink and yellow.

WB:When you hear the word zen what’s the first thing that comes to mind? 

TD: Koans and the peace plight we are all brought to doubt.  

WB: How would you like to leave the planet better than you found it? 

TD: I believe reusing what we already physically have should be a driving force for the change that slows our “wants” to only “needs.”

The completed mural by Todd DiCiurcio on the side wall at The Surf Lodge in Montauk, NY.