The curated survey of the year “Miami Contemporary Art” from our Art-Sôlido Magazine digital artist database. Top featured artists from Miami and Florida!
Miami Contemporary Artists
Miami is one of the most important centers for the arts since the beginning of the new millennium. The magic city draws collectors, talent artists and wealth from Europe, South and North America. The city has increasingly incorporated visual art as part of its image. Museums and private collections have grown considerably over the past 20 years led by private philanthropy.
The Art-Sôlido magazine has been covering this cultural evolution for the last 10 years. Based on that, we have to put together a list with the most important and representative local artists. These are creators who work and exhibit in our city, those who have contributed to make art and culture part of the deep fabric of Miami: artists with different backgrounds that exemplify the diverse sensibilities and identities that make up the city’s art scene.
“Miami Contemporary Art” is an annual project that includes the edition and publication of a book that will be available to collectors, museums, universities and art lovers in general.
Acosta was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1958. He attended the San Alejandro Academy, and later on the Superior Institute of Art (ISA), both in Havana. Acosta left Cuba in 1993 and moved to Miami in 1994. Over the years Acosta has produced an extensive body of work and has presented many personal exhibitions. Among these should be mentioned a touring one in Brazil, which began at the Caixa Cultural de Rio de Janeiro and ended at the Caixa Cultural in Sao Paulo. His work has been included in several collective exhibitions; and can be found in museums and institutions such as the National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba; Wifredo Lam Center, Havana, Cuba; Museum of Contemporary Art, MOCA. Miami, Florida; Lowe Art Museum, Miami, Florida; Fort Lauderdale Art Museum, Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Nassau County Museum of Art, New York; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Panama. Since the beginnings of his career he has been interested in architecture as a symbol of power. His urban renderings place him, at times, as an observer, and others as a commentator on the social and political aspects that architecture represents. Acosta’s work speaks to the dialectical processes of life – birth and death – through urban vignettes of cities. Over the years he has been portraying the different places where he has lived, sometimes while living there and then again after having moved away. http://www.gustavoacosta.com
Tackling the increasingly relevant subject of gentrification, Eddie Arroyo emerges onto new artistic territory. By documenting “commercial buildings which will soon be replaced by new development,” Arroyo’s work serves as witness to society’s acts of creation and destruction, arguably two methods of creating art themselves. In the past, artists have protested against social injustice and political violence through their work, but gentrification is still an area relatively unexplored in visual art. Arroyo’s captivating paintings, such as the tongue-in-cheek depiction of a “Guccivuitton” in Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood or the more somber image of a smashed car window, mourn the loss of a community’s “cultural, social, and economic fabric.” https://eddiearroyo.com
Pedro Avila Gendis (Camaguey, Cuba, 1959) is a painter and sculptor especialized in abstract contemporary art. From 1971 to 1975 he studied visual arts at the “Ignacio Agramonte” Center for the Arts in his hometown. During his prolific artistic life Mr. Avila Gendis has been a regular attendee of national and international creative courses and workshops.Specialized press and critics consider him one of Latin America’s most important artists within the contemporary abstract movement.
His works has been auctioned in several countries. www.avilagendis.com
Manuel E. Azcuy.
Born in Pinar del Rio, Cuba (1982). Graduated (2004) from the Professional School of Arts (Pinar del Rio, Cuba) with a Major in Painting. Professor of Drawing at the Professional School of Arts (2005-2007) in Pinar del Rio, Cuba. Ten Solo Shows (Cuba and USA) including “Incarnated” at Galeria Adelmo, Miami, Florida. Over 12 Group Shows in USA and Cuba; most notably: “Naples Art”, Galery. 53rd Founders Exhibition, Naples, Florida, USA (2019) and in National Art Exhibition 2020 in Punta Gorda, Florida. Works exhibited or collected in personal collections in Cuba, USA, Argentina and Spain. Six Awards and Recognitions, most notably “Lore Degenstein”, Galery. Eleventh Annual Figurative Drawing and Painting Competition, Pensilvania, USA (2019) Established in Miami after coming to the US from Cuba in February 2015.
Sonia Báez-Hernández She holds an M.F.A. in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, an M.A. in Sociology from the University of California Los Angeles, and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Puerto Rico. She employs an interdisciplinary artistic practice to create community- based art interventions and experimentations. Báez-Hernández’s body of work includes: abstract painting, drawing, printmaking, fiber. installation, performance, film, and poetry to configurate the social, imaginary, and institutions. Baez-Hernandez’s art interventions address: detention centers, immigrations, police violence, violence against women, human trafficking, climate justice, medical gaze, Biomedicine, health disparities, inequalities, gender, breast cancer, art as healing, practice, racism, alterity, and violation of human rights, … Her art interventions reveal intersectionality and configurations of the social becoming minors to subvert and infiltrate new possibilities. She has exhibited at the national and international level, CAS Gallery, University of Miami, the Archival Space, Radical Archives WAAM, at ArtServe, FLL, Fat Village Projects, Fort Lauderdale, Concretes Art Projects, Doral, Morgan Gallery Transylvania University and Centre College Norton Center FL Lexington Art League, Lexington,, Teresa Arte Actual, Mexico City, Miami Performance Festival International , Park Trades Center, Kalamazoo, MI, Park Trades Center, Kalamazoo, MI Stables Gallery, Chicago, IL and other.
Henry Ballate (b. Aguada de Pasajeros, Cuba, 1966). He is a Cuban-American visual artist, curator and Art History Professor. He received his MFA in Visual Arts and his BFA in Graphic Design from Miami International University of Art and Design (2007). Previously, he studied drawing and painting at the Accademia Italiana in Florence, Italy. Henry Ballate is an innovative, eclectic and provocative figure in the local art scene. His work is easily recognizable through his use of known iconography, which are essential to his public interventions and appropriations. Throughout his career he has exhibited at solo and group shows in America, Europe, and Asia such as: Florence Biennale, Dialogue Among Civilizations, Florence, Italy. London Art Biennale, Chelsea, London, UK. Miami Art Basel, FL. USA. Soho Arts Miami, FL. USA. San José’s National Gallery, Costa Rica. National Art Gallery in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Contemporanea Strozzina, Firenze, Italy. Contemporary Art Museum, Moscow, Russia. Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA. Foosaner Art Museum, Melbourne, FL. USA. Cornell Art Museum, Delray Beach, FL. USA. Kendall Art Center, Miami, FL. USA. Vargas University, Pembroke Pines, USA. State Art Collection, Tallahassee, USA. His works are part of private collections in Canada, France, Germany, Italy and USA. He has authored five books and has produced more than fifty book and catalog for artists, collection and universities. 2010 and 2011 Addy Award Winner. https://www.miamiartstudio.com
Jose Bedia was born on January 13, 1959, in La Havana, Cuba, the city where he grew up and studied in the capital district of Luyanó in the municipality 10 de Octubre. After San Alejandro, he graduated with honors from the ISA , Instituto Superior de Arte de la Habana, Cuba. He was a pioneer of the radical transformation of Cuban Art that inaugurated the Exhibition Volumen 1, which Bedia was integral part of. His passion for the primal Amerindians complemented his anthropological studies on Afro-Transatlantic cultures, studying in depth the faith, believes and religion of the “La Regla Kongo” (in which he was initiated in 1983), the “ Regla de Ocha”, and the Leopard Society of Abakuas, among many others. He traveled to Angola as part of the International Cultural Brigades who supported the struggle of the Angolan-Cuban War against Namibia and South Africa. This contact with the mother continent and the war increased his interest about the African roots of American culture. This interest took him to visit countries such as Peru, Mexico, Haiti, Dominican Rep., Puerto Rico, Zambia, Botswana, Kenya, and Tanzania. After residing in Mexico he moved to Miami Florida, where he currently lives. This vast knowledge has marked his work and shows how this cultural heritage has influenced our actual daily lives. Thanks to this solid work, characterized by the mix of “storytelling” that he calls informative lessons about the cosmogonic Universes of the ancestral cultures and the influence in popular cultures, his work has been exhibited in La Habana, Sao Paulo, Venice and Beijing Biennales, where he has received awards and acclamation positioning him as one the most notorious and prestigious creators of art from the second half of the XX century to the present. Due to his decisive and precise skill as a draftsman, his striking pictorial capacity, enigmatic and enveloping installations, his works are in very important private and Public collections such as Museo Nacional Palacio de Bellas Artes (La Habana), MoMa ,Metropolitan Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art (NYC), Guggenheim, Tate Modern, Smithsonian Museum (Washington), The Colección Daros (Zurich), MEIAC, DA2, IVAM, CAAM (España), MOCA, MAM and PAMM in Miami. http://josebedia.com
Consuelo Castañeda (b. Havana, Cuba, 1958) is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Miami. She emerged in the Cuban avant-garde of the 1980s, helping to catapult its cultural production onto the international stage and shifting the popular understanding of the relationship between art and politics in Cuba, as well as in broader Latin America. As a professor at the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana, she was a pivotal figure in Cuba until her emigration to Mexico, and then Miami in the 1990s. Her work as a painter, photographer and multimedia installation artist has recently shifted to social media and digital format. Her focus is on creating interactive works that anyone with a modem and a computer can readily access. The artist participated in the Havana Biennials in 1984, 1986, and 1991. She was awarded with the Cinta Fellowship in 1997-1998 as an installation artist.
Vanessa Charlot is a Haitian- American documentary photographer. She shoots primarily in black and white to explore the immutability of the collective human experience and to disrupt compositional hierarchy. Her work focuses on the intersectionality of spirituality, socio-economic issues and sexual/gender expression. The purpose of her work is to produce visual representations of varied human existences that are free of an oppressive gaze. She has worked as a freelance photographer and lecturer throughout the U.S., Caribbean and Southeast Asia. She has been published in Vogue, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, New York Magazine, Buzzfeed, Artnet News and in other national and international publications. Vanessa received her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Sociology from Florida Atlantic University and Masters of Educational Administration from Concordia University. https://www.vanessacharlot.com
The Western-inspired work of Utah transplant Cara Despain has quickly attracted the attention of both domestic and international art lovers. Desert scenes and horses continually crop up in Despain’s photography, found materials work, and sculptures made of unconventional materials such as reclaimed fabric and corn starch. In 2015, the artist emerged onto the global stage with a Switzerland-based exhibition, and she has since exhibited works in Buenos Aires and Santiago. https://caradespain.com
Noel Dobarganes (b. Matanzas, Cuba, 1977) Graduated from Escuela Profesional de Artes Plásticas “Roberto Diago”, Dobarganes focuses on time and memory as fundamental axes of reflection and likes the complexity of color, areas and lines. His spaces are loaded in a way that sometimes we get a certain “horror vacui”. The artist likes decoration, ornament. On the other hand, textures also have vital importance in his works: seductive textures, full of sensuality and life. Virtual or real textures, in all cases inciting us to touch the surfaces of the works. He currently lives in Miami, Florida, US.
Maikel Domínguez (b. Holguín, Cuba, 1989). He completed studies at the Real Institute of Art (Stockholm, Sweden, 2012), graduated from the Higher Institute of Art (Havana, Cuba, 2012) and from Professional Academy of the Visual Arts (Holguín, 2007). He has carried out solo shows such as: Bellas Ausencias (Rimonim Art Gallery, Miami, USA, 2016), Antes que anochezca (Galleri Duerr, Stockholm, 2011), Apuntes de un soldado desconocido (Osvaldo Guayasamín Museum, Havana, 2011), Si el mar se secara lo sembrara de caña (Carmelo Galería, Havana, 2009). Also, he has taken part of group shows such as: Flujos e influencias (Santa Bárbara Cultural Center, Stockholm, 2012), Exposición de Primavera (Real Institute of Art, Stolkholm, 2012), Layers (Collateral to XI Havana Biennial, 2012), Cripsis (University of the Arts, Havana, 2011), El extremo de la bala (Cuba Pavilion, Havana, 2010), Bomba (Wifredo Lam Centro, Havana, 2010), Esporas (Cuba Pavilion, Havana, 2010), Cambio y fuera (Collateral to X Havana Biennial, 2009). His works are included in private collections in Cuba, USA, Canada, Sweden, Luxemburg, and Spain. https://www.maikeldominguez.com
Nicole Doran is a creator with character. Exploring gender politics and post-internet culture through multiple disciplines, Doran’s sense of humor shines through all of her work. From her Prick series, comprised of colorful ceramic planters in the shape of male genitalia, to text-based paintings with slogans such as “Same phone who dis?” and “Make America paint again,” this joyful artist is certainly one to watch. http://www.nicoledoran.com
Since breaking onto Miami’s art scene in 2013, Cuban artist Rafael Domenech has earned accolades for his work, which strikes a provocative balance between art and architecture. A byproduct of his commitment to the “interaction and integration of work, viewer, and space,” the sharp angles and rigid lines that often appear in Domenech’s work surprisingly succeed in breaking down boundaries rather than erecting them. From blueprint-like tape and paper creations to life-size wood installations, the artist challenges the perceived rigidity of space. http://rafaeldomenech.net
Tomás Esson (b. Havana, Cuba, 1963). He graduated from the San Alejandro Academy of Fine Arts and the Higher Institute of Art, in Havana. He has participated in several solo and group shows around the world, such as: It’s So Hot! (Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami, 1991), The Children of Guillermo Tell (Alejandro Otero Museum of Visual Arts, Caracas, Venezuela), Art from Cuba (State Russian Museum and Ludwig Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2002), and Tomás Esson: The Return of the Dragon (Ramis Barquet Gallery, New York, 2010). His work is part of art collections such as, Monterrey Museum of Contemporary Art (Mexico), Miami Art Museum, Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (Havana), Museum of Contemporary Art (North Miami), and The Rodríguez Collection (Miami), among others. https://tomasesson.com
Ivonne Ferrer (b. Cuba) Graduated from San Alejandro Academy, and René Portocarrero National Silk Screen Print Shop, Havana, Cuba. Atribuciones in Fidelio Ponce Gallery (1990) was her first solo exhibition, which led her to leave the Cuban art scene for the Spanish circuit where she participated in: Expo Universal Sevilla 92, Arts Pavillion, La temperatura de Dios (1993), Fisiología decorativa (1994) and La isla mágica in Copenhagen, together with two masters, Julio Girona and the Spaniard Fernando Somosa, etc. Ivonne migrated to the United States in 1995. In 1997 produced Trinomio cubano at Botello Gallery, Puerto Rico and in 2001 a solo exhibition at Durban Segnini Gallery. 2012 (R) Evolution Comics, Solo Exhibition, Aluna Art Foundation, Miami. Her work is held in the permanent collections of: the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), California. Arcale Pavillion, Salamanca. Museo María Sambrano, Madrid and Museo de Galicia, Madrid. She has also participated in many collective expositions: A Marriage of Science and Art, FIU, Miami, 2005. Soupe d’ escargot, Alliance Francaise, Miami, 2008. Supermix, Contemporay Art in Edge Zones Gallery, 2009. Itinerant expo for America and Europa I Have a Dream, 2010. Women at the edge of an island, Museum of de Cuban Art, Miami, 2015. Xico in Miami, Latin American Artists Exhibition, and Museum Park. Miami, 2017.
With her unique photo-based work, Argentinian-born Marina Font leads viewers through terrain previously unexplored in Miami’s art scene. Exploring themes including memory and “the forces of the unconscious,” Font’s work deals largely with muted colors, light, and shadow, an eye-catching change from the psychedelic colors characterizing much of Miami-born art. Font’s audiences in Miami, Barcelona, and beyond can attest to her ability to transform pitch-black canvases and piles of straw into something vibrant.
Miami resident Mauricio Gonzalez is on his way to becoming a local treasure. With intriguing titles such as Won the Jackpot Quit Painting, Cape Canaveral and the Theory of the Ripe Mango, and Show me your Ballerinas, Gonzalez’s work bursts with refreshing personality. Visually captivating and unpretentious with subtle sexual undertones, the Cuban-born artist has created a unique style of art much like Miami itself.
Amanda Season Keeley
Regularly exhibiting work since 1999, Amanda Season Keeley can hardly be considered an “emerging” artist. And yet, Keeley has recently embarked, or emerged, onto a new frontier in her career with her EXILE Books installation project, a pop-up bookstore highlighting artists’ publications. Text has always played a role in Keeley’s work, which has included sculptures resembling mounted bookshelves, engraved wall plaques, counterfeit publication covers, and more. http://amandakeeley.art
Allison Kotzig’s oeuvre is raw and untamed, a provocatively tongue-in-cheek opus, and quite beautiful in a primordial sort of way. Her work carries an innate sense of mysticism and recalls folkloric aspects associated with nature, mythological creatures, dark magic, and the divine feminine that binds it all. Allison’s works are conceptual by nature and focus on fertility, sex, and the life-death-rebirth cycle. To put it plainly, they are vibrant and untraditional, and that is precisely the beauty of it all. The sheer liveliness of her pieces is what causes the viewer to think about the themes behind it rather than admire the objective beauty of a simple aesthetic. It shocks you into contemplating the work and guides you into intrigue, understanding and finally admiration. http://www.kotzig.com
Vicente Dopico Lerner
Vicente Dopico-Lerner was born in Havana and has lived in the United States for most of his life, where he studied at Florida Atlantic University, Florida International University, St. Thomas University and the Art Students League in New York; it was precisely at the Art Students League where he identified with the principles of Abstract Expressionism that have marked his career. But the fact of having been born in Cuba, his stay in Santo Domingo, Puerto Rico as well as his life in Miami, is perhaps what has not allowed his Caribbean demons to leave. Those faces or spontaneous figures, sweet and sad that are always seen in his work.
MaiYap born in the Republic of Panama of Chinese parents, MaiYap has been able to magically blend East and West on canvas. Within the walls of her parent’s home, she was immersed in the beauty, balance and perfection of millennial traditions passed on from one generation to another. Once outside these walls, her senses were overcome by the amazing colors, sounds and energy of the Tropics. Panama provided a bustling backdrop of exciting people, places, and music. Most importantly, its natural surroundings provided the perfect artistic inspiration to imagine and create her magnificent flowers and unique landscapes. It also gave her the courage to voice her concerns and fears about our planet’s welfare through her powerful environmental abstracts. https://maiyap.com
Aldo Menéndez (b. Cienfuegos, Cuba, 1948) A multifaceted artist and intellectual, with the Master Samuel Feijóo, started very early in the 60s in Performance; Menéndez was part of the well-known Cuban poster boom of the 60’s – 70’s. Since 1968 when he made his first personal exhibition, there have been innumerable individual and collective shows. He is also one of the pioneers of Photorealism on the island (1973-80), as well as the founder of the Taller de serigrafía René Portocarrero of Havana. “Within the new generation, Aldo Menéndez isn’t only an outstanding painter, but also an artistic promoter extraordinary” (René Portocarrero words for the inauguration of the serigraphy atelier in 1983). In 1972, his paintings and drawings were incorporated into the permanent collection of the National Museum of Havana. In 1973 he founded the magazine Revolución y Cultura which he artistically directed and wrote for 9 years. In the 80’s he was an adviser to the Wifredo Lam Center and the National Museum. In 1987, the Ministry of Culture awarded him the National Order of Cuban Culture. He left his country in 1990, moving to Spain and subsequently to the United States in 1995 where he lives today. He has been exhibited in places as notable as the Arts Pavilion at the Universal Expo/Sevilla, Centro Cultural de la Villa in Madrid, La Tertulia Museum, Colombia, Museo Linares, Mexico and the Museum of Latin American Art of California, among others. Currently, he writes art critiques for the newspaper El Nuevo Herald, Art Districts, Art Pulse, Art Nexus and Art on Cuba magazines, etc.
Brazilian-born Guilherme Moraes has quickly become an all-star on the local art scene since debuting in 2013. With two solo exhibitions and numerous group shows under his belt, Moraes, represented by the prominent Fredric Snitzer Gallery, has already presented his work in many of Miami’s most buzzed-about venues. Dealing in subdued hues and broad brushstrokes, the artist specializes in sketches of scenes and figures, leaving just enough to the imagination to encourage active engagement with the work before you.
“Award winning Sculptor Mariana Monteagudo is a visual artist who has been working her series of doll sculptures over the last decade. Her latex, ceramic and mixed-media figures are unique, intriguing and fascinating. Her artwork shows interest in a wide range of references, from the pre-Columbian aesthetics to fashion, tv pop culture, Japanese manga and mass-market toys. Muñecas (Dolls) is the generic term Monteagudo uses to describe her creations since 1998. With them, the artist has received important awards and exposure, and her pieces have been featured in solo and group shows and fairs in Madrid, Miami, Chicago, Aruba, Caracas, New York, Sao Paulo, and other venues. Her unusual characters have attracted the attention of critics and her work is part of the MOLAA Museum in California, Everson Museum, NY, Cesar Gaviria Trujillo Collection, among other contemporary art collections.” Evelyne Politanoff, THE HUFFINGTON POST. https://www.marianamonteagudo.com
Lisyanet Rodríguez (b. Sancti Spíritus, Cuba, 1987) graduated from the Higher Institute of Art (ISA) in Havana, 2013. She currently lives and works in the United States. Lisyanet’s drawings start from the contemplative imitation of reality to reflect non-traditional notions of beauty, to explore the passing time, and to examine the complexity and fragility of nature. Elements and concepts such as: the body, the pain, the trauma in their relationship to physical and psychological confrontation, are instrumental in her work. Psychological and dramatic themes highlight the widening breach between the ideal life and the real. Recent works deal with the disparity, multiples, the life cycle, and the search for meaning. https://www.lisyanetrodriguez.com
Tony Rodríguez (b. Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, 1980. Graduated from Instituto Superior Pedagógico in Visual Arts and receive a Master of Science in Art Education from Oriente University. He is a Painter, illustrator, and Curator. He has been called, a Painter of reflections. He was a professor and member of prestigious juries in the context of the visual arts. He’s considered by many as one of the leading artists of Generation 00. In addition to exhibiting extensively in Cuba and the U.S. , he has also exhibited in Latin America, the Dominican Republic, and Eastern and Western Europe . He uses towers, buildings, machines and other objects, to represent the world, liberty, history and the human experience. His drawing and composition are aggressively executed. Since 2000, Rodriguez has won several awards. His works have been exhibited in the Havana Biennal in 2009 and many important galleries in Cuba and Europe. Rodriguez’ works are part of prestigious collections, such as, Luciano Benetton and the Hispanic Cultural Center in Miami. He currently lives in Miami, Florida, US. http://tonyrodriguez-art.com/
Jorge Santos (b. La Habana, Cuba, 1973) Graduated from the Academia de Artes Plasticas San Alejandro, La Habana, Cuba, 2004. His work has a strongly anthropological accent. The human being and his main doubts and existential conflicts are created as the thematic nuclei of major interest to the author. His characters are pregnant with anguish, loneliness, isolation. The observation by the cycles of life and death is also another thematic edge of interest within the artist’s work. Santos has exhibited extensively for over fifteen years at venues that include: Galeria Luz y Oficios La Habana, L. A. Modern Contemporary, The Americas Collection, Spectrum Miami. He currently lives in Miami, Florida, US. http://jorgesantosmarcos.com.
Troy Simmons is a Texas-born Miami-based artist who is currently in residency at the Bakehouse Art Complex in the Wynwood Art District. His critically acclaimed art explores identity and cultural stereotyping through color, form and structure, reflecting the Arte Povera movement in his use of common construction materials, fabric and salvaged wood. Selected in 2016 by Jessica Goldman Srebnick of Goldman Global Properties to incorporate his structures into the façade of a 16,512-square-foot commercial retail/development in the heart of Wynwood, Simmons’ ongoing project is scheduled for completion in summer of 2020. Simmons has also been short-listed for his proposal to feature his works in Norwegian Cruise Lines’ new terminal at the Port of Miami. Simmons’ inspirations are drawn from his Texas childhood and explorations through the piney woods of East Texas, where he saw a parallel between his upbringing in the Houston neighborhoods and the destructive, yet necessary growth patterns of the Berchemia Scandens plant. This formative encounter was the catalyst that sparked Simmons’ ongoing interest in art, architecture and nature. As seen in his 2009 and ongoing Durchbruch Series, Simmons’ biomorphic forms explore the extreme growth patterns of plant-based organisms. His work is a bridge between the natural world and human sociological struggles. A relationship overcomes strife, yielding forgiveness by the balance for coexistence. Coveting space, in a tantalizing expression birthed from Simmons’ personal experiences. Durchbruch, a German term for ‘breakthrough’, illustrates the necessary need to stretch beyond our physical and mental limits, pushing through adversity in order to survive. His most recent exhibitions include VOLTA BASEL (2019), ART PARIS (2019), Dialogue: JanKossen Contemporary Chelsea, NY (2018) and Nuovi Orizzonti: Venice, Italy (2017-2018). He was a recipient of the 2018 Oolite: Ellie Creators Award. Simmons earned an Architectural Degree from Oklahoma State University and studied Environmental Science at Sam Houston State University. http://www.troysimmonsstudio.com
Diego Singh is an art-world enigma: a major player in Miami’s art scene since 2004, the Argentinian-born artist is constantly evolving, ensuring that attendees of his exhibitions feel like they are discovering a new artist every time. From creations based on CAPTCHA text to abstract paintings and from layered blacks and grays to rich blues and burgundies, Singh’s work is refreshing, exciting, and expectedly unexpected. https://diegosingh.com/
Rubén Torres-Llorca (born March 3, 1957, is a Cuban artist specializing in painting, drawing, sculpture, collages, and photography. He studied from 1972 to 1976 at the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes “San Alejandro” in Havana and from 1976 to 1981, studied at the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA), also in Havana. Torres lived briefly in Mexico City, Mexico from 1990 to 1993 resided in Mexico City. Torres-Llorca has received many awards, including the 1990 Curatorship Prize from the International association of Arts Critics (AICA) for “Una Mirada Retrospectiva” exhibited, in Havana. In 1997 he was awarded the Visual and Media Fellowship, from the South Florida Cultural Consortium, Florida. Rubén Torres-Llorca’s work can be found in the permanent collections of : Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, La Habana, Cuba, Fototeca de Cuba, La Habana, Ludwig Forum Fur Internationale Kunst, Aachen, Germany, Museo del Barrio, New York, NY, Flint Institute of Arts, Michigan, Miami Art Museum (MAM), Miami, FL, The Frost Museum, Miami, FL, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Miami, FL, The Lowe Museum, Coral Gables, FL. Bass Museum, Miami Beach, FL. Miami Dade College, FL. The Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, FL. The Nassau County Museum, Roslyn Harbor, NY, MUAC Contemporary Art Museum, UNAM, Mexico DF, Centro de Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico DF, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Michoacan, Mexico, and The Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Miami, FL. Additionally, Llorca’s work is found in virtually every important Cuban art collection around the world, including the Jorge Perez, and Howard Farber Collections. Torres-Llorca has lived and worked in Miami, FL since 1993.
Luis Vega (La Habana, 4 de octubre de 1944) es un artista cubano. Estudio cerámica, fotografía, artes plásticas en la Escuela de Bellas Artes San Alejandro y la licenciatura en Historia del Arte en la Universidad de La Habana. Desde 1980 reside en Estados Unidos de América. Ha trabajado en ilustración, diseño de carteles, dibujo y creó un concepto renovado de historietas gráficas publicadas en la revista Cuba Internacional. Actualmente se ha dedicado exclusivamente a la pintura con notable éxito, se le reconoce entre los mejores paisajistas de nivel internacional. http://luisvega-art.com
With her multifarious style comprising video, photography, installations, and more, artist Antonia Wright is a perfect fit for Miami’s diverse, cosmopolitan environment. In a local art scene dominated by painters and photographers, Wright broadens Miami’s interpretations of what an artist can be. Her self-published writings, global presence, and role as the first-ever artist-in-residence at Miami’s Lotus House Shelter for women and children make one thing clear: this artist can be anything and everything she chooses. http://www.antoniawright.com/
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