Bryan Lewis Saunders

Bryan Lewis Saunders (born 1969, in Washington, D.C.) is a painter, performance artistvideographer, and performance poet known for his disturbing spoken word rants, tragic art performances and Stand up tragedy.


On March 30, 1995, Saunders began drawing at least one self-portrait every day for the rest of his life.

For 11 days in 2001, Saunders conducted an experiment in which he ingested or inhaled a different intoxicant everyday and created a self-portrait under the influence documenting the effects of his altered perception.

On May 16th, 2010 Saunders performed in the Palau de la Virreina as part of the International Poetry Festival in Barcelona alongside Bibbe Hansen, Eugene S. Robinson and Lydia Lunch as "The Ugly Americans". 

In January 2011, a selection of the drug induced self-portraits presented online went viral. In 2003, Saunders began sleeping with a cassette recorder and documenting both his dreams andsomniloquy which led to a wealth of source material for both audio releases and books.

The transcriptions of his lengthy somniloquy led to what is known as the Stream of unconsciousness (narrative mode) method of writing.


Bryan started doing at least one Self-Portrait everyday for the rest of my life. At present I have over 8,000 of them. Like fingerprints, snowflakes and DNA they are all different, no two are the same.

For hundreds of years, artists have been putting themselves into representations of the world around them.  I am doing the exact opposite I put the world around me into representations of myself as I find this more true to my Central Nervous System. 

All Self-Portraits are size 8 1/2" x 11" and in hardbound books.



Exhibitions (partial list):

  • The Hideaway in Johnson City, Tennessee.  LP Release Party.  June/2010

  • "DAKU"  Cave 12 in Geneva, Switzerland. Nov/12

  • Arnolfini in Bristol, United Kindom. Dec/12 




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