Vela Phelan (b. 1973) was born in the Dominican Republic and was raised in Mexico, California, and Venezuela. Phelan is currently a Boston time based artist, photographer and curater. He is an active member of the New England art community through his collaborations with Jeff Huckleberry as J V, as a member of the sound-ART/performance group Gang Clan Mafia and as a solo action artist and VJ. Vela has been actively creating since 1994 in festival and galleries both nationally, internationally and in the World Wide Web. Most recently he produced/curated the Near Death Performance Art Experience at the Boston Center for the Arts. He believes in magnifying the energy of objects, sounds, video and actions while blending subconscious with spirit and allowing the unknown to present itself. Vela seeks to transform and alter modern and ancient energies into a new paradigm by creating ritual and giving life to mundane objects that are beatified through ceremony.