Aiden Dillard is a Sunday butterfly painter, retired trash filmmaker, and hardworking truck driver based in New York City who hails from the mean dirt roads of North Carolina though was born within spitting distance of the Mexican border in California. Aiden received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2003 on a full scholarship from The Cooper Union (New York City, NY) back when it was already free. From 2004-2014, Aiden made five terrible but artistic low-budget horror films in New York and Florida, financed largely by chosen people and distributed by the world’s oldest independent film studio, Troma Entertainment Inc. (www.troma.com) of New York City. Following the personal loss of a romantic partner through suicide, Aiden retired from trash filmmaking and turned to the solitary and spiritual pursuit of Butterfly Painting as a creative outlet to joyfully investigate the secrets of life, love, change, & metamorphosis that only the butterfly knows.
Solo Art Exhibitions
2018, “Butterfly Pictures” at St Charles Projects in Baltimore, MD
Group Art Exhibitions
2018, “Our Words Will Be Heard” in Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, Baltimore, MD
2010, “The Collabo Show” in Miami, FL
2009, “The Collabo Show” in Miami, FL
2009, “MyPAC” at Clinton Hill Art Gallery in Brooklyn, NY
2015, “Death Print” at Locación Cristo Salvador in Havana, Cuba
2012, “Death Print” at O Cinema in Miami, FL
2011, “Meat Weed America” at Cooper Union Alumni Film Festival in New York, NY
2010, “He Smoked Marlboroughs” video installation, collaboration with musician Robert Constable at “Refractory” exhibit at Tampa Armature Works in Tampa, FL
2009, Video projections on the side of the American Airlines Arena, home of The Miami Heat.
2008, “Special Angelz” at The Borscht Film Festival in Miami, FL
2008, “Meat Weed Madness” at Nightlight in Chapel Hill, NC
2007, “Meat Weed Madness” at The Wolfsonian-FIU Museum in Miami Beach, FL
International Feature Film Release on DVD & Digital Streaming from Troma Entertainment
2007, “Meat Weed America”
2006, “Meat Weed Madness”
2011-2012, “Ballscarf“, noise-music collaboration with musicians Jay Hines & Nick Ruiz, in numerous punk-rock music clubs throughout Florida, including several iterations of the decades-long running International Noise Conference at Churchill’s Pub, and artist Carlos Rigau’s venue General Practice, both in Miami.
2010, “Fool’s Gold” solo performance at the annual fundraiser for The Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami, FL
2013-2015, Resident Artist (and handyman) at Cousin’s Trailer Park in Lumberton, NC
2004-2007, Resident Filmmaker (and handyman) at Camp Nest in Hudson, NY
Review of Bikini Swamp Girl Massacre by CNN: “No budget? No stars? No problem! How to REALLY sell a film at Cannes” (partial screenshot)
Review of Death Print by Miami New Times newspaper: “Death Print Movie Premiere and Afterparty” (partial screenshot)
Review of Special Angelz by Miami-based contemporary arts blog Artlurker: “Aiden Dillard At The Borscht Film Festival” (partial screenshot)
Review of Meat Weed America by popular culture blog Pop Matters: “It’s Pot-ty Time! Meat Weed America” (partial screenshot)
Review of Meat Weed Madness by movie review website DVD Talk: “Meat Weed Madness” (partial screenshot)
Links to full online reviews, and more, are listed on each individual Movie page of this website.
1999-2003, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Cooper Union, New York, NY
1997-1999, High School Diploma with concentration in Visual Art, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston-Salem, NC