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Justin Kleiner is a musician and visual artist, based in Santa Barbara, California. His artwork has been described by Cool Hunting as “a combination of contemporary graphics and traditional archetypes”, while Gotta Dance Dirty calls his music “ethereal, haunting, electronica.” Having explored both mediums since childhood, he’s been involved in a variety of projects, from composing music for the award-winning film Way of the Ocean, to creating artwork for the Shepard Fairey-curated exhibit, Manifest Hope. After collaborating with his brother Matt as a music & art duo known as The Protist, he is currently focusing on solo work.


Hills in Dreams [Single] – 2017

Along the Way [EP] – 2014

Way of the Ocean: Australia [Soundtrack] – 2012

In the Wind [Single] – 2011(The Protist)

Dissolution [Single] – 2010(The Protist)

Persona [EP] – 2009(The Protist)

Self-Titled [EP] – 2007

Selected Exhibitions:

On Deck 11 – The Brink Gallery, Missoula, MT (2018)

On Deck 10 – The Brink Gallery, Missoula, MT (2015)

On Deck 8 – The Brink Gallery, Missoula, MT (2013)

On Deck 7 – The Brink Gallery, Missoula, MT (2012)

Group Show – Viva Design Studio, Santa Barbara, CA (2010)

Future Winter – Fort Gallery, Oakland, CA (2009)

Manifest Hope  – Washington, DC (2009)

Terra Art House – Terra Gallery, San Francisco, CA (2008)

Would You Like Art With That – Carmichael Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2007)

So Many Selves – Carmichael Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2007)

Digital to Physical – 9th & Liberty, Jacksonville, FL (2007)

Hurricane Katrina Benefit Show – 66 Balmy Gallery, San Francisco, CA (2005)

66 Balmy Artists – 66 Balmy Gallery, San Francisco, CA (2005)


Art for Obama – Abrams [Artwork] – 2009

Duty of Expression: A Conversation between Thom Yorke & Howard Zinn – Resonance Magazine [Illustrations] – 2003