"The more gunpowder I use the less there is for killing!"

"The cool uncertainty of the explosion and burn..." 

"Art created violently to reduce violence. Perfect!"

— Stick Vega

The Blast Factory

Stick Vega is the American Gunpowder Artist.  He creates modern, primitive, explosive art and blogs from Stick Vega Studios - The Blast Factory - in Madison, WI and Bucktown, Chicago, IL.  

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Renee Vig

My wife Renee is my biggest fan and harshest critic.  She runs The Blast Factory and still has time to do really cool work.  See her wonderful pastel art here:



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Explosive Transparency

Stick writes honestly about his success and failure, his process, beautiful new work and his prior CEO experience.


JUST RELEASED!  This collection of more than sixty gunpowder artworks, explosions, and rarely seen photographs is paired with Vega's personal journal and notes. Vega shares his journey from the business world to modern artist. 

Now available in EBOOK.

Shop Vega

Selling online keeps Stick's art and apparel affordable. And, the Fire Marshall happy!


Guaranteed. Boom!

Life is never guaranteed. Happiness is never guaranteed. However, Vega explosive art is guaranteed!  For life. Or until the sun explodes!

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