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Auction for “Internet Graph” Painting by Jean Pierre Verdijo to Commemorate CrowdTilt Success !

Michael Schwartz September 11, 2013

jp_photo_2 LAST DAY to buy a piece of Internet History! Ebay Auction !

Even before the Rosetta Stone announced the coronation of King Ptolemy V, art has announced and commemorated great historical events. Perhaps the success of a crowdfunding effort for OAuth2 Apache plugins is not as noteworthy as the establishment of a divine cult for a new ruler. But for geeks in two-thousand years, who knows… maybe it will be a pivotal event! With that somewhat ridiculous idea in mind, I asked Jean Pierre Verdijo, an Austin painter, to work on a commemorative art series that would provide an update to the 2011 Artista Family Tree painting (see below): (1) one for Gluu (2) one for Falcon Systems Consulting of Japan, who was the largest sponsor of the crowdfunding, and (3) one for auction to the community.

The style of the Artista Family Tree painting is a form of nonlinear idea gathering known as webbing. Think of yourself as possessing the ability to take a helicopter ride above your subject. Webbing will help you to see all the directions you can pursue. Stop and look at the painting… you can consider areas that confuse, confound, puzzle or delight you. I was initially drawn to this style of painting because it reminded me of a kind of “graph.” For example, a visualization of your social network and all the other entities to which the Internet connects you.

I sent Verdijo a list of words and pictures (below) that I thought were related to the CrowdTilt campaign. The list was in no particular order. Some of the words and pictures in the painting were added by Verdijo, who read up on cloud identity to arrange the graph in a way that made sense to him.

The resulting works are a lot of fun to consider, especially for the lucky few who get to hang one of these babies! For the next seven days you can bid on the most elaborate of the paintings on Ebay. The starting price is way too low to buy one of the most beautiful pieces of Internet history ever produced! Verdijo is a prolific artist, who is a master of many styles. He’s also a great dad and an important teacher in the Austin community, who is working with kids and teenagers to help them to discover art as a bridge for peace and love. To find out more about his vision and mission, visit his facebook page.


  • Agents
  • SXSW
  • Bots
  • Organizations
  • Clients
  • WAM
  • claims
  • users
  • federations
  • IDP
  • SaaS
  • httpd
  • Shib
  • o=root
  • 2Factor
  • BIOmetric
  • SSO
  • OpenID Connect
  • UMA
  • Graphs
  • authn
  • authz
  • SiteMinder
  • J2EE
  • Python
  • Open Source
  • CrowdTilt



  • Baseball
  • Pigeon flying
  • OX Logo
  • Gluu Icosahedron


Below are images of the series :

The Original “Artista Family Tree” The Auction Painting
Artista Family Tree The Auction Painting
Gluu’s Painting Falcon’s Painting
Gluu’s Painting Falcon’s Painting
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Mike Schwartz

Mike has been an entrepreneur and identity specialist for more than two decades. He is the technical and business visionary behind Gluu. Mike is an application security expert and has been a featured speaker at RSA Conference, Gartner Catalyst, Cloud Identity Summity (now "Identiverse") and many other security conferences around the world.

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