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.
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Miami Contemporary Artists
GUSTAVO ACOSTA, RAMÓN ALEJANDRO, ERIC ALFARO, MARIO ALMAGUER, JULIO ANTONIO, NESTOR ARENAS, ALEXANDRE ARRECHEA, EDDIE ARROYO, CARLOS ARTIME, PEDRO ÁVILA, MANUEL E. AZCUY, SONIA BÁEZ-HERNÁNDEZ, HENRY BALLATE, SERLIAN BARRETO, HERNAN BAS, YOVANI BAUTA, JOSÉ BEDIA, RAMON BOFILL, ADRIANO BUERGO, JONATHAN DE CAMPS, CARLOS CARDENAS, RAMÓN CARULLA, CONSUELO CASTAÑEDA, WILLY CASTELLANOS, HUMBERTO CASTRO, ADRIENNE CHADWICK, VANESSA CHARLOT, OSIRIS CISNEROS, ANA ALBERTINA DELGADO, CARA DESPAIN, NOEL DOBARGANES, MAIKEL DOMÍNGUEZ, NICOLE DORAN, RAFAEL DOMENECH, SHADY ESHGHI, TOMÁS ESSON, CARLOS ESTÉVEZ, IVONNE FERRER, JULIO FIGUEROA, MARINA FONT, SHEILA FRAGA, GILBERTO FROMETA, JAHAIRA RÍOS CAMPOS, LIA GALLETTI, FLORENCIO GELABERT, MAURICIO GONZALEZ, ADLER GUERRIER, ALEX HERIA, AISAR JALIL, KELLEY JOHNSON, AMANDA SEASON KEELEY, ALLISON KOTZIG, ALVARO LABANINO, ALEXIS LAGO, EVELIO LECOUR, GLORIA LORENZO, REYNIER LLANES, CARLOS LUNA, LAURA LUNA, ROGELIO LÓPEZ MARIN, RAFAEL LÓPEZ-RAMOS, PEPE MAR, MAIYAP, MILENA MARTÍNEZ, FRANCISCO MASÓ, JILLIAN MAYER, FLOR MAYORAL, ADRIÁN MENÉNDEZ, ERNESTO GUTIÉRREZ MOYA, GUILHERME MORAES, MARIANA MONTEAGUDO, RAFAEL MONTILLA, GLEXIS NOVOA, ISMAEL GÓMEZ PERALTA, ERNESTO OROZA, AIMEE PEREZ, VICKIE PIERRE, MARIELLE PLAISIR, CIRO QUINTANA, SANDRA RAMOS, CHIRE REGANS, LISYANET RODRÍGUEZ, PATRICIO RODRÍGUEZ, TONY RODRÍGUEZ, BARUJ SALINAS, MIGUEL SALUDES, JORGE SANTOS, JORGE LUIS SANTOS, YOMARIE SILVA-O’NEAL, RAINY SILVESTRE, TROY SIMMONS, DIEGO SINGH, KRISTEN THIELE, RUBÉN TORRES-LLORCA, LUIS VEGA, RICHAR VICO, PEDRO VIZCAÍNO, RAMÓN WILLIAMS, ANTONIA WRIGHT, DAVID ZALBEN.
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
José Ramón Díaz Alejandro, (born February 1943, Havana, Cuba) is a Cuban painter and writer who has lived in exile in Argentina, Uruguay and Paris, France. He now lives in Miami, Florida. He began his artistic life in 1969 with the exhibition Alejandro. Galerie Maya, Brussels, Belgium. In 1971 the exhibit Alejandro was seen at the Galerie Jacques Desbrière, Paris. Later in 1987 the same show was presented at the Galerie Du Dragon, Paris. He has been involved in several collective projects. In 1965 his work was shown as part of the Exposición de La Habana at the Galería Latinoamericana, Casa de las Américas, La Habana, Cuba. In 1967 Mostra Grafica Latinoamericana was seen at the Istituto Italo Latinoamericano, Rome, Italy. In 1984 he participated in the Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain (FIAC) at the Grand Palais in Paris. In 2001, he was selected for the exhibition New Art of Cuba, seen at the José Alonso Fine Arts Gallery in Miami, Florida. From 1969 to 1971 he obtained the Cintas Foundation Fellowship, in New York.
Mario Almaguer (b. Marianao, Cuba, 1955) He moved to the U.S. in 1994 to Miami where since has been living and working. Essentially self-taught, he embraced sculpture as his mean for expression. Without any kind of formal academic education or training in the arts, perseverance and praxis made him an artist. His work has been influenced by cuban master Agustin Cardenas and british Henry Moore. In his early years until 1994 he produced a large amount of small and medium scale wooden sculptures. From 1994 to the present, Almaguer creates and produces steel sculptures. It’s with his works on steel where he encounters a strong expression with a striking liberty hard to deliver in wood. His monumental sculptures were recently exhibited at Miami Dade College, where his colossal pieces are joined to the campus buildings. Almaguer’s work is in collections in the U.S. and abroad. He has exhibited in the U.S. and Latin America and is subject of several articles.
Néstor Arenas graduated from the Instituto Superior de Arte, Havana, in 1990. The artist’s work features a personal iconography, an amalgamation born of a life lived in Cuba and abroad. Arenas conjures up a conversation on reality with the viewer through the visual representation of landscapes. “My work is a discourse on landscapes where I’ve lived. Each new landscape represents a different reality. I layer images of the past with the present, thereby creating the future.” – Néstor Arenas. Arenas’ work has been shown in solo exhibitions and group shows throughout the U.S., Cuba, Spain and China. His work is part of several important private and corporate collections including: Forrest Capital, The Mosquera Collection, Jorge Reynardus Collection, Leigh University, and Universidad de Valencia, among others. Néstor Arenas currently lives and works in Miami, Florida.
Eric Alfaro Gómez
Eric Alfaro Gómez, (b. Moscow, 1991). Graduated from APAP (Provincial Academy of FINE Arts) Raúl Martínez of Morón, Ciego de Ávila, Cuba. He has participated in exhibitions in various places such as the “Copperfest” Arts Festival in North Miami, Florida, United States; and at the “Paratissima” Contemporary Art Fair in Torino, Italy. His work is in private collections in Cuba, the United States, Canada, Italy, France, England, Poland, Germany, Switzerland, Russia, Spain, Egypt, Singapore, South Africa, Angola, China, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Ecuador, Argentina , Uruguay, Chile, Panama, among others. As well as at the Copperbridge Foundation Art Foundation; the company F&F Media Corp. and in the collection of the Lincoln Center Orchestra, in New York, all in the United States. His works have recently been published in the Spanish magazine CdeCuba Art Magazine, Issue # 25, 2018.
Eddie Arroyo. 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
American artist Ramon Bofill received his MFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 2005. His use of repurposed fabrics and traditional painting media result in hybrid surfaces that are a mixture of painting, tapestry and sculpture. In the process of intuitively and playfully re-contextualizing fine art and craft materials, Bofill explores issues of identity and cultural heritage, as well as broader themes of manual labor, art, aesthetics and social class. Born to Cuban-American parents, Bofill was raised in Miami, FL. His family history and his experiences working in the New York fashion industry, prompted Bofill to begin experimenting with textiles and fabric in 2004. Recent and upcoming exhibitions of his work include a solo show at Nobile & Amundsen, Norfolk, VA (2014); The All-Media Juried Biennial at Hollywood Art and Culture Center, Hollywood, FL (2013); The Cintas Fellowship Finalists Exhibition at MDC Museum of Art and Design, Miami, FL (2012); and a Summer Invitational at David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL (2011).
Carlos Rodríguez Cárdenas
Carlos Rodríguez Cárdenas was born in 1962 in Sancti Spiritus, Villa Clara, and completed his arts studies in 1983 at Havana’s Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA). He formed part of the René Portocarrero workshop, where he began to make a name for himself in serigraphy, drawing and painting. He became a key figure in the resurgence of criticism and of the arts movement at the time. In Rodríguez Cárdenas’s work, parody, humor and caricature tend away from coarseness, although they may confront the audience with what is vulgar in a society in crisis. His work invites the spectator to question reality, to see beyond the world of the official word imposed by a system that had become senseless. More than anyone, he suffered censorship. In his case, it was not a conjured-up badge of honor that he pinned on himself to face banishment from his country. From the time after he went into exile in Mexico in the early 1990s until he finally settled in New York, he focused his art, without renouncing his previous commitments, on the artistic quality of his subjects, of this designs. His art imparted his compositions with even more of their own particular, distinctive character than before. During the next few years, Rodríguez Cárdenas held solo exhibits at Obra Reciente, Galeria Nina Menocal, Mexico; D.F., Carlos Cardenas, Galeria Ramis F. Barquet in Monterrey, Mexico; About the Blue Wall, Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Coral Gables, Florida; ARCO 93 International Art Fair, Madrid, Spain; and Pinturas, Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Coral Gables. Today his works are included in such major collections as the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York; the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston; the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, Germany; the Villa Clara Provincial Museum in Villa Clara; and Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de La Habana in Havana. Rodríguez Cárdenas lives and works in the New York area
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.
Willy Castellanos. An art historian, curator, and artist, Castellanos graduated from the University of Havana with a research on the reappearance of nudes in Cuban photography (1982-1993) after two decades of absence. He is the co-founder -along with Adriana Herrera, PhD- of Aluna Art Foundation and Aluna Curatorial Collective. A self-taught photographer, Guillermo “Willy” Castellanos” works at the intersection between documentary photography and various artistic intervention practices. He has participated in several solos and group exhibitions such as Crosscurrents: Selections from the Rodríguez Collection of Cuban Artists (The Foosaner Art Museum, Melbourne, Fl., 2020); Return to Koyaanisqatsi (Kendall Art Center, Miami, 2019); Dobleplay: fotografía cubana contemporánea (Photo Museum Cuatro Caminos, Nahualcan, México, 2017); La banalidad del mar: fotografía cubana (Museum of Modern Art, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 2016); Re/Formulations: Narrative Processes (William V. Musto Museum, New Jersey, 2015); and Rites of Passage: Selection of Cuban Contemporary Photography (Photo Lima, Peru, 2015) among others. His photographic exhibition Exodus: Alternate Documents, held at the Centro Cultural Español (CCEMiami), received the Miami Foundation Arts Award for Best Cultural Event in Miami in 2014.
Humberto Castro (b. in Havana, Cuba in 1957) He is a graduate of the San Alejandro National School of Fine Arts and the Higher Institute of Art in Havana. Castro achieved notoriety in the 1980’s together with a handful of avant-garde young artists (among them, Elso Padilla, José Bedia and Tomás Sánchez), and began challenging preconceived notions and political dogma. Their eclectic art was edgy and often controversial. The Generation of 80s, as they were collectively known, assimilated and adapted ideas from such diverse sources as Photo-Realism and Afro-Cuban rites. As further proof of their independent ways and original talent, each of the members of this pioneering group developed separate and distinctive styles. Castro’s oeuvre combines mythical and actual events, thus this thematic fusion imbues the work with an alluring, visionary quality. His compositions, no matter how grim the subject matter, display an innate elegance, making them palatable and even lyrical at times. Castro is a master at capturing metamorphosis, his svelte figures seem to endlessly evolve from ethereal beings to earthlings. Castro’s stirring palette and sensuous textures further enhance his bewitching designs.
Adrienne Chadwick is an arts administrator who has dedicated 25 years to reimagining art museums. She is founder of Culture Conduit Consulting, providing arts education, public programming, community engagement and diversity, equity and inclusion resources to organizations across industries. Chadwick has served as curator of interpretation at Mississippi Museum of Art (2019-2020), director for education at Pérez Art Museum Miami (2016-2019), education manager at Nova Southeastern University Art Museum Fort Lauderdale (2012-2016), and director of education and exhibitions at Young At Art Museum (1995-2012). She sits on selection panels including National Endowment of the Arts, National Congressional Art Competition, Miami-Dade County Cultural Affairs, and is a board member of The Museums Association of the Caribbean. A studio art practice focused on mixed media installation expressing ideas related to power and resistance-in society and nature, compliments her museum work. She earned a BFA from the University of Florida’s New World School of Arts, and an MPA from Nova Southeastern University. Born in Toronto, Canada and a citizen of Belize, Central America, Chadwick is an avid traveler who has visited seven continents and is devoted to supporting cultures and customs in her local communities.
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
Jonathan De Camps
Jonathan De Camps is a freelance photographer and filmmaker based in Miami, Florida. From Dominican and Puertorican decent, Jonathan’s lifelong interest in narrative imagery in films, paintings, and photography led him to pursue a BA in Advertisement in 2008. In 2009, he moved to South Florida to broaden his horizons in the visual arts. In 2013, he earned an MFA in Visual Arts from the Miami International University of Art and Design. In 2015, Jonathan was awarded the FEAST Miami (Funding Emerging Arts with Sustainable Tactics) with the photography project “Ghosts In America: Portraits of Undocumented Immigrants”, photographing average working-class people in Miami who happen to be undocumented, with their faces painted in the “Día de Los Muertos” Mexican mask tradition. That same year, Taking Focus, Inc. announced the selection for their 2015 Fiscal Sponsorship Program, awarding “Ghosts In America” as one of their selections. Jonathan is one of the 2017 Knight Arts Champions Recipient, which helped him created collaborations to push for immigration and social justice education through audiovisuals and live music performances. Today, Jonathan continues to work with stories through documentary photography and filmmaking about immigrant communities, social justice reform, and urban lifestyles.
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
Hailing from a family with strong roots in arts and music, Shady Eshghi was predisposed to pursuing the arts. Graduating from Alzahra University of Tehran in 1994 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting, she relocated to Miami in 2006, receiving her Master of Fine Arts degree in Visual Arts in 2009. Upon graduation she was selected for the Art Center/South Florida artist residency, and while holding her tenure as a resident artist, she was honored with the prestigious “Extraordinary Ability in the Arts” in 2010. As an Iranian immigrant growing up before the revolution, from spending formative years in a secular international school exposed to various world cultures; to experiencing revolution and war; I have learned to navigate my life through imagined in-between spaces. Art acts as a stable nexus synthesizing my diametric worlds: secular and religious, Iranian and American; public and private, east and west.
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
Carlos Estévez (b. in Havana, Cuba, 1969) Lives and works in Miami, USA. Graduated from the Instituto Superior de Arte, Havana, Cuba in 1992. He received the Grand Prize in the First Salon of Contemporary Cuban Art in 1995; and The Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant in 2015. Residencies include: Academia de San Carlos, UNAM, Mexico (1997), Gasworks Studios, London, England (1997), The UNESCO-ASCHBERG in The Nordic Artists’ Center in Dale, Norway (1998), Art-OMI Foundation, New York, USA (1998), The Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA, USA (2002), Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France (2003-2004), Montclair University, New Jersey, USA (2005), and McColl Center, Charlotte, NC US (2016).
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.
Julio Figueroa Beltrán (b. 1984, Havana) attended the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes San Alejandro (1999-2003) and the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA, 2004-07), both in Havana, prior to establishing himself in Miami. Rooted in the Cuban and Latin American fascination with oneiric consciousness and its surprising juxtapositions, Figueroa-Beltrán brings these in line with images of everyday modern life. Wind turbines, highway overpasses, and astronauts intersect with galleons, icebergs, jellyfish, and tropical blooms. Forests and wooden birdhouses meet military drones and theater stages. The mind as voluptuary in a harem of tropes dissolves causality and linear time to produce paintings which subordinate the passing issues of the day to the appetites of the archetype-driven imagination. With solo and group exhibitions in the US and Italy and works in the Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University and other prominent collections, Figueroa-Beltrán has secured a distinguished place in the art of his generation.
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.
Sheila Fraga (b. Havana, Cuba, 1978) Sheila was educated at The Manero Experimental Workshop of Painting, La Ceiba, Cuba (1994-1995), and she graduated fromThe San Alejandro Academy of Fine Arts, Marianao, Cuba (1996-1999). She received the Grand Prize in the Salon Flora 2001 in Homage to The Cuban Painter Rene Portocarrero. Her Work has been included in important group exhibitions in Cuba, Miami and Internationally. Cuban and American Artists Exhibitions, U.S. Interests Section, Havana, Cuba (2001); Identificaciones, The University of Aveiro, Portugal, (2004); Your majestic The King!, Juried Art Competition and Exhibition, Bairrada Wine Museum, Anadia, Portugal (2008), Cuban Contemporary Artists, José Lorenzo, Santiago de Compostela, Spain (2009); Elektro-Sexual, The Bridge Art Center, Chicago, IL (2010); Art Takes Miami and ScopeArt during Art Basel in Miami, FL (2014), Art| Miami-Dade Exhibition/Art Basel Week, Stephen P. Clark Center, Miami, FL (2017). Documenta II, Pompano Beach Cultural Center, Pompano Beach, FL (2018), a group show, Roots of an Identity, at The Miramar Art Center, Miramar, FL (2019) and “My Feminine Side”, at The Foundation Dionísio Pinheiro e Alice Cardoso Pinheiro, Agueda, Portugal (2020).
Gilberto Frómeta (b. Havana, Cuba, 1946) Cuban artist, draftsman, painter, engraver and designer. Having studied art in the United States in 1958-60, he graduated in 1967 from the National School of Art (ENA) in Havana, Cuba and in 1984 obtained a bachelor degree in visual arts, with specialization in graphics, from the Higher Institute of Art (ISA) in Havana Cuba. His working experience began as a graphic designer for the magazine Cuba Internacional. Later he was an advisor to the Directorate of Artistic Education of the Cuban Ministry of Culture and in 1978 was director of the National School of Design in Havana. He also worked as a teacher of drawing at the National School of Art. Since 1985 he has been an independent artist, extending his teaching activity to several Latin American countries, among them Mexico, Ecuador and Venezuela. He’s Works can be found in private and public collections around the world such as: The National Museum of Fine Arts. Havana, Cuba. Modern Art Museum. Łodz, Poland. Wilanow Poster Museum. Poland. Szczecin National Museum. Poland. Janus Panonius Museum. Budapest, Hungary. Indian Art Museum. Moscow, Russia. Metropolitan Council. Bradford City, Great Britain. Modern Art Museum. Cuenca, Equator. Cuban Art Museum, Vienna, Austria and Kendall Art Center/The Rodriguez Collection, Miami,Fl, US.
Lia Galletti (b. Havana, Cuba, 1943) is a painter and printmaker, known for her abstract expressionist work. She left the island with her family at the age of 17 and moved to New York, where she finished her education and started to paint and exhibit her work in New York’s Greenwich Village and other venues on the east coast. Her father, also an artist, influenced her path towards becoming an artist as she watched him paint as through their life. Lia has been painting ever since, developing her individual style and technique. She studied printmaking within the disciplines of etching, drypoint, linocut, silkscreen and monoprint. Lia exhibited her work and received an award at The Boston Printmakers, Brockton Art Museum, Boston, MA (1988). Her work is in their collection, as well as in the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, where she participated at the Ibero American Printmaking Biennial of San Juan, Puerto Rico. She recently participated in the Tokyo International Mini Print Triennial at Tama Art University Museum, Tokyo, Japan and the 4th Geoje International Art Festival, Haegeumgang Art Museum in South Korea.
Jahaira Ríos Campos y Gálvez
Born in the village of Rancheria in Chinandega, Nicaragua, Jahaira Ríos Campos y Gálvez immigrated to the U.S. in 1979 with her parents fleeing the civil war. She is an alumna of New World School of the Arts High School. Jahaira received her B.F.A. from University of Florida and her M.F.A. from Barry University. She currently lives in Miami, Florida with her husband and four children. Previously worked at Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) as a Teaching Artist for 11 years and currently a visiting professor of photography at Florida International University. As a teacher she has a passion to show others how art can enrich their lives and the understanding of the world around them. Her work as an artist stems from her desire to touch on difficult subjects in a way that provokes conversations and reflection and makes use of her storytelling abilities.
Florencio Gelabert, (b in Havana, Cuba, 1961) He is a graduate of the San Alejandro Academy of Fine Arts and the Higher Institute of Arts (ISA) in Havana, Cuba, and holds a MFA from the University of Miami, Florida, where he lives and works. He is part of a generation of sculptors, whose work and aesthetic discourse uses a wide range of methodologies to express their concerns. Throughout his artistic career, he has used sculptures, installations and site-specific to address issues such as destruction, fragility and human displacement. Gelabert confronts the public with imaginary landscapes sown with abandonment, destruction, and disorder through an expressive minimalist and povera language charged with poetic values and melancholy.
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.
Alex Heria. 1961 Born, Elizabeth, NJ; currently resides in Miami FL. 1994 MFA, Photography, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston MA. 1992 BFA, Photography, Florida International University, Miami FL. 2014 – UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI, SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATION – Adjunct Faculty. Graphic Design for Advertising I, Special Topics for Advertising (Advanced Image Manipulation). 1999 – Present MIAMI INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF ART AND DESIGN – Full Time Faculty. Image Manipulation, Advanced Image Manipulation, Digital Layout, Digital Grid Systems, Publication Design, Portfolio I, Typography, Black & White Photography, Color Photography. MFA Graphic Design classes
Aisar Jalil (b. Camaguey, Cuba, 1953). He graduated of a MFA from the Repin St. Petersburg State Academy (St. Petersburg, 1983). He also studied at the Professional School of Art (Camaguey) and the National School of Art (Havana). He has widely exhibited his work nationally and internationally at solo and group shows such as, 12th Havana Biennial, “Antes que anochezca” (Angel Orensanz Foundation, New York), “Onírica” (Galería Collage Habana, Havana), among others. His works are part of institutional collections such as Repin St. Petersburg State Academy Museum, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (Havana), as well as of private collections in Mexico, France, Spain, Portugal, the U.S., United Kingdom, Sweden, Italy, Canada, Ukraine, Argentine, Georgia, Hungary, Poland, Mongolia, among other countries.
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. www.mycorrhizaeproject.com
Alvaro Labañino (b. Miami, Florida, 1989) is a Miami-based visual Cuban artist. He graduated from South Miami Senior High Magnet School of the Arts for Fine Arts in 2008, before attending Miami-Dade College; thereafter completing his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Florida International University in 2012. One of the significant points of his oeuvre is that, he creates paintings that function as thresholds to his mind, through his artwork he exposes a world of thoughts, life experiences, dreams, nightmares, and fears, which he often materializes in the form of personal objects, domestic spaces, and landscapes. His works focus on his immediate and private retreats, as well as his purposeful travels outside of the United States. Labañino saturates the commonplace with significance and emotion, often portraying the whereabouts of his native Little Havana or the interior of his studio- apartment. The spaces are devoid of the human figure and describe the solitude that he habitually seeks, and which life sometimes imposes without invitation. His artworks are demonstrative of these reticent feelings. His paintings are methodically structured, despite that they may be sometimes somewhat enigmatic in their breakdown. Often, images are segmented into flat areas of colors and contours that interact in varying intensities and temperatures that communicate the artist’s intended temperament.
Alexis Lago (b. in Havana, Cuba, in 1962) Alexis Lago graduated from the University of Havana in biochemistry and went on to study painting at the San Alejandro Academy of Art. Illustrator for Mi isla y yo / My Island and I, he is an artist whose colorful renderings exemplify the Greater and Lesser Antilles of the Caribbean, which he paints with his artist wife María Sánchez. Originally from Cuba, they live in the United States. His work has been exhibited in personal and collective shows in Latin America, the United States and Europe. He is collected for both public and private collections in Germany, USA, Spain, Switzerland, Portugal, Mexico, Brazil, Japan, and Cuba. Alexis has illustrated children’s books for publishers in Cuba, the United States, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic. His other book illustration work with author Alfonso Silva Lee includes Mi mar y yo: El mundo azul de Puerto Rico.
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.
Gloria Lorenzo (b. Santa Cara, Cuba 1954) Graduated from the San Alejandro Academy of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba. She work on large format paintings and sculptures. Gloria has participated in worldwide exhibitions such as “Parallel Currents” at the Snite Museum of Art in Notre Dame, as well as important Art Fairs such as Art Miami, FIAL (International Latin American Art Fair), ARAFI (International Fine Art Fair) and MA-D Art Fair in Miami, Fl. Her works can be found in museum and collections such as: Lowe Art Museum, Miami, Florida, USA. National Museum of Contemporary Cuban Ceramics, Havana, Cuba. Combinado Sanatorial Topes de Collantes, Santi Espiritu, Cuba. Manuel Rendon Hall, Cultural Foundation, Quito, Ecuador.
Latin American artist Carlos Luna was born in 1969 in Pinar Del Rio, Cuba. His artwork explores across a deep body of work how memories and imagination affect temporal perception drawing deeply upon a rich culture. Luna has focused his artistic career on several artistic mediums including painting, drawing, sculptures, ceramics, mosaics, and jacquard tapestries. In each art form he is highly original, technically sound and constantly provocative. He is one of the few artists who has mastered multiple art mediums. In 1991 Carlos immigrated to Mexico and began his experimentation with art. Luna immersed himself in the vibrancy of Mexican art and culture. He first started creating drawings on amate paper and his work with Talavera ceramics which would become iconic and sought-after mediums that he has mastered throughout his career. In 2001 he immigrated again, this time to Miami, FL accompanied by with his wife and three children. Since his relocation Luna has found notoriety within the contemporary art movement and gained success in the United States.
Laura Luna (b. Habana, Cuba, 1958) Graduated from San Alejandro School of the Arts, La habana, Cuba (1974 – 1978) Laura comes from a family of artisans and a solid theoretical/technical background at the San Alejandro School of the Arts in Havana. She is part of the Cuban Post Modernist “80’s Golden Generation”. As daughter of a political prisoner, her “lack of social compatibility,” did not allow her to enter the ISA (Instituto Superior de Arte). In response, she went as an apprentice to the well known ceramic atelier of Rodriguez de la Cruz located in Santiago de Las Vegas where Amelia Pelaez, Lam, Portocarrero, and many other distinguished artists had been her predecessors. She continued to develop her work there until she and her family were able to obtain political asylum in the United States in 1980. She established her studio in Miami in 1994 where she raised her family as a single mother and continue her creative process exhibiting at private galleries, Museums, and Universities thought the US and abroad. . Gifted with discipline and an intricate creative capacity that allows her artistic expression through various methods, has secure a place for herself in the modern as well as the post-modern fine arts world. Laura’s creative process engages all mediums and possible “contamination” and feeds her daily life and vice versa including also stage design at the Adrienne Arsht Center. In addition to her work as a fine artist, Laura relishes cultivating creativity in children and adults through her work with organizations such as Miami-Dade College and Arts for Learning/Miami. Her work is part of The Cuban Masters Collection at the Lowe’s Art Museum at The University of Miami.
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
Milena Martínez Pedrosa (b. Havana, Cuba, 1971). Milena Pedrosa is a Cuban visual artist currently residing in Miami, Florida. She graduated from the Escuela Elemental de Artes Plasticas (Havana, Cuba) in 1986, before continuing her training at the Academia de Arte “San Alejandro” (Havana, Cuba). She graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts from the Instituto Superior de Arte (Havana, Cuba) in 1995. Pedrosa’s unique style stems from her pride of being Cuban; her background and history of her native Cuba acting doubly as her muse and artistic inspiration, resulting in mysterious collages of hyperrealism and surrealist figures or kaleidoscopic genre scenes depicting the hustle-bustle of her Havana city. She has participated in several group and solo exhibitions in Cuba, Latin America and the USA, some of which include, “Si Tim tiene, Tim Vale,” Collateral exhibition of Havana Biennial, Superior Art’s Institute, Havana, Cuba, 1991; “Nacido en Cuba,” traveling exhibition of Cuban artists, Venezuela, Puerto Rico & México, 1991-1993; “Junto a los niños,” UNICEF sponsored exhibition at Imago Gallery, Havana, Cuba, 1995 and “Pequeño Formato,” La Boheme Fine Art, Coral Gables, USA, 1996 to name a few. Since 1998, Milena has been running the Art Department at Advanced Multi-Sign Corporation; a graphic company co-created between her and her husband, while maintaining a strong presence in the contemporary art scene.
Francisco Masó (Havana, 1988) is a visual artist living and working in Miami. He received a Bachelor degree in Stage Design from the Instituto Superior de Arte. He also graduated from both Behavior Art School, led by Tania Bruguera, and the San Alejandro Academy of Fine Arts. He attended the artist-in-residence program at Contemporary Art Center Bétonsalon in Paris. Prior to that, he participated in different workshops realized by outstanding artists like Artur Zmijewski, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and Dan Perjosvchi. Recent exhibitions include Solid Abstraction: Disobedient Strategies in Contemporary Cuban Art at Miami Biennale Foundation (2018), CINTAS Foundation Fellowships Finalist Exhibition 2017-2018 at Coral Gables Museum (2017), The Cuban Matrix at Torrance Art Museum (2017), Surreptitious Stripes at Arts Connection Foundation (2017) and The Global South. Visions and Revisions at Mana Wynwood Convention Center (2016). His works are part of Jorge M. Pérez Collection, Brillembourg Capriles Collection, Andreina Fuentes Collection, and C de Cuba Collection.
Rigoberto Mena (b. Artemisa, Cuba, 1961) graduated from the Polytechnic Institute of Industrial Design, Cuba 1987 and also studied at San Alejandro Academy. He has traveled throughout Europe to study the great paint masters. In 2011 Mena was selected to be part of the permanent collection of the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de Cuba, after the inauguration of his exhibition “Hablando en Lenguas”. His works have been exhibited in numerous solo shows and group exhibitions in Cuba, Mexico, the United States, Holland, Switzerland, Belgium, England and Germany. His artwork is also shown in the collection of the Museum of Latin American Art, Los Angeles (MOLAA), US. Consejo Nacional de las Artes Plasticas, La Habana, Cuba. Centro de arte Contemporaneo Wifredo Lam, La Habana, Cuba. and Kendall Art Center/The Rodriguez Collection, Miami,Fl, US.
Adrian Menendez (b. Madrid, Spain, 1992) is a Cuban-American artist based in Miami. In 2008, the sixth generation artist exhibited a wood carving which denounced the human being as a predator of nature. This piece won him the Miami-Dade Public School Art Competition. His preliminary style began to form in 2010, this is a period in which he uses realism in relation to pop art to express social commentary. One such piece (The Pink) was exhibited in Beautified Objects and marks an important development in his visual language, a shift from draftsmanship to sculptural exploration. By 2014 his style came into maturity through the exploration of abstract neo expression, the fusion of the geometric, and the gestural. He is currently completing his studies in Art History and Philosophy at Florida International University (FIU), and serves as an assistant art teacher at a Miami Dade Public School. Today his abstract works consolidate a philosophical, intimate and spiritual message through a collection that will soon be exhibited under the title Fluorescent Black.
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
Rafael Montilla. Multidisciplinary Visual Artist, born in Caracas Venezuela. Study at the Cristóbal Rojas Technical School of Visual Arts, Escuela Taller Arte Fuego Cándido Millán and Sculpture at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Caracas Sofía Imber. Tomas Regalado, Mayor of the City of Miami proclaimed August 19, 2016 as Rafael Montilla Visual Artist Day. Honorable Mention August 17, 2019, Broward Art Guild, Judge: Brooke Trace, Gerard Delaney: Executive Director, Broward Art Guild. Artwork “Big Bang” Proposal on the street was selected to be published in the online thematic magazine of the National Institute of Fine Arts of Mexico, # 44, the edition dedicated to urban art. The essay was written by curator Johanna Pérez Daza. July 2019. https://www.rafaelmontillaart.com
Glexis Novoa Vian (1964 Holguín, Cuba) He lives in Miami, Florida, US since 1995 and he shares his time working in his studios in Vedado, Havana and Wynwood, Miami since 2013. Novoa also works on site specific wall drawings and ephemeral projects anywhere around the world. Novoa is a visual artist. Since the late eighties, he have produced art in many different media, including painting, performance, installation, and, most recently, graphite drawings -the material that would become his trademark. Novoa has attained international recognition for his site-specific wall drawings, which existed on the border between ephemeral art and architecture. His work repeatedly turns to the architecture of power and politics as its main subject. Novoa’s work is featured in numerous private collections, international museums, art in public places and has been awarded with several awards and residencies.
Aimee Perez (b in Havana, Cuba in 1955). Artist, sculptor and ceramicist, she left for the United States when she was twelve with her family through the Freedom Flights and grew up in Miami; a Cuban immigrant community. As a young adult she won the Gold Key Award in painting and several honorable mentions as she continued her pursuit of the arts during her college years. In 1989 she moved to Mexico City and continued painting and exhibiting with Cuban and Mexican artists. In 1997 she was invited to participate as a guest artist in the studio of Mexican sculptor Jose Sacal and it is here where she begins to work for the first time in 3D with clay. She returned to Miami in 2006 and continued her work, winning several awards for her figurative ceramics in the state of Florida. Perez has been praised for her command of gestures, making her sculptures expressionistic and powerful which, combined with the juxtaposition to found objects, creates an organic symbiosis. She says her work is her voice, a dialogue with the observer and simultaneously a self-exploration. Her work can be found in many private collection in the United States and Mexico and in permanent collections including Florida International University Honors College Collection and Huntsville Museum of Art in Alabama.
Marielle Plaisir was born in le Havre, Seine-Maritime, France. Plaisir spent her childhood and her adolescence in Normandie (France), before setting in Guadeloupe (French Caribbean Island). Her strong attachment to her island will occur after her studies. Therefore, she surch and from reading history, she learn her past and her identity. Plaisir is a french-caribbean multi-media artist, who combines painting, drawing, monumental installations and performance to present highly intense visual experiences. She’s working on blends life and fiction in self personal narratives and historic narratives from caribbean touching on universal themes like power, dominatio and prejudice. She find inspitration in italian quatrocento, latin, caribbean and American litterature. She uses her daily practice to examine the many aspects of the individual in the society. She uses textiles, fibers, fabrics wich are socially meaningful. Marielle Plaisir lives and work in Miami, USA. https://www.marielleplaisir.com/
Guillermo Portieles (b. La Habana, Cuba, 1963) Portieles graduated from the San Alejandro School, 1986. and from graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts from the Instituto Superior de Arte (Havana, Cuba) in 1988. Portieles works can be found in collections in United States, Colombia and Spain and Cuba. He has participated in innumerable collective collections and my last personal presentations have been: “Habana, Enigma de las Ruinas” (2013), “The Wheel Revisited” (2014), “La Rueda Recreada” (2015), “Existencia Natural, como Elefantes Blancos” (2017), “Natural Existence, II” (2019), held until December at the Pompano Beach Cultural Center, in Florida. Recipient of the Individual Artist Grant (2009) by the Art Council Hills-borough, in Tampa, and as the Award of Distinction by the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival (2008) in Orlando, both in Florida.
Ciro Quintana (b. Havana, Cuba, 1965) Founder of Puré Group, Quintana is one of the most iconic Cuban artists of the 80s. Throughout his career, his work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Cuba, the United States, Mexico, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Peru, and Venezuela, among other countries. Recent shows include: “Resilience The Other Cuba (Minneapolis, 2015), and “Pulse Art Fair” (New York, 2016). His work is part of major collections such as, Peter Ludwig Collection (Cologne, Germany), Leipzig Museum (Germany), Lowe Art Museum (Miami), Cisneros Fontanals Collection (Miami), The Mosquera Collection (Miami), María Luisa Lobo Collection (Miami), Jorge Reynardus Collection (New York and Sarasota), and the Nina Menocal Collection (Mexico).
Chire Regans, also known as VantaBlack, was born in Saint Louis, Missouri and relocated to Miami with her family in the late 1980s. Her passion for art began soon after. After graduating from Florida A&M University, Regans began to focus primarily on drawing from life and portraiture. As societal issues began to weigh heavily on her conscience, a message took shape behind the imagery. The emergence of the Black Lives Matter movement pushed her art in the direction of social awareness and change. Regans has dedicated both her artistic practice and her life to community advocacy and activism. In 2016, a number of young people became victims of an ongoing epidemic of gun violence in Miami-Dade County. Driven by the need to bring awareness to this epidemic, Regans began a series of memorial portraits of victims of violence here and beyond. This series, which Regans categorizes as Social Commentary Art, began with five portraits and now includes over 200 portraits of victims and their stories. Regans serves on the Miami-Dade Community Relations Board’s Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Committee and works as a teaching artist at PAMM. She is a proud mother, visual artist, truth-teller, and community advocate.
Yourden Ricardo (b. Isla de Pinos, Cuba, June 5, 1974) Graduated from the Fine Art Academy Wilfredo Lam (Isla de la Juventud, Cuba) in 1996, before continuing his education at the Vermont Studio Center in 1998. He has participated in many group and solo shows including, “Pop goes the Palette” at the Milander Art Center (Miami, USA); “Artist in Residence” at the Latin American Art Museum (Miami, USA); “II Salon AHS” (Isla de la Juventud, Cuba) and “Agudos del Silencio” at the Young Club Gallery (Isla de la Juventud, Cuba), among others. He is also the recipient of various awards such as, the National Salon Regino E. Boti (Guantanamo, Cuba) in 1998; the XIV Mcpal Salon (Isla de la Juventud, Cuba) in 1997; the I AHS Salon in 1994 (Isla de la Juventud, Cuba) and the II Students Salon (Isla de la Juventud, Cuba) in 1993.
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
Patricio Rodríguez (b.Havana, Cuba, 1980) He graduated from San Alejandro Academy of Fine Arts. He has participated at several solo and group shows, such as : “ Calar los Límites “ Cultural Center, Charles Chaplin, La Havana, Cuba, 2001. “ Al filo de la Navaja” GE Galería , San Pedro, Nuevo León, Mexico, 2010. “ Los Cortes Hablan” The Art Gallery at Eissey Campus, Palm Beach, Florida, EUA, 2020. His artwork can be found in private collections in Cuba, Mexico, France, Spain, and the United States of America. He currently lives and works in Miami, Florida, US.
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/
Miguel Saludes (b. Havana, Cuba, 1989) In 2010, he graduated from Miami-Dade College before attaining his Bachelor degrees in Painting and Art History at Florida International University in 2012, eventually completing his visual arts education at the University of Florida in 2016. After having lived in his new adopted home for twelve years, Saludes is still defined by a Caribbean accent and mannerisms, which define him as a foreigner to the eyes and ears of many American nationals. Yet, having partially grown up in the United States, he struggles to relate to diverse aspects of his native culture. Through his open-field landscapes, on the other hand, he turns to contemplate and pictorially represent the larger picture that his adoptive nation encompasses. Saludes’ most recent paintings honor the landscape of his home state of Florida, which the artist now scrutinizes with a sensibility akin to his Cuban artistic forefathers, as they once saw and idealized the Cuban countryside. He is the recipient of several awards and has participated in more than 30 exhibitions.
Carlos Sanjurjo (b. Cuba, 1954) Subjects pertaining to the idiosyncrasy of the Immigrant identity and folklore all of which have been taking place in the context of a city as craven as Miami. A destination of complete relax under it’s palm trees, of the frivolous and the exotic. A place of large masses of people, a place charged with Latin sensuality and strength. Home of Scarface and the Bird Cage. South Florida is considered amongst many things as the capital of the sun, at the mercy of fraud, lies and unscrupulous people. Full of nostalgia, a dash of vulgarity and highly artificial kitsch decor.
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.
Jorge Luis Santos
Jorge Luis Santos López was born in 1973 and was predominantly influenced by the 1990s. A collective of artists working in the United Kingdom, who came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, defined the artistic culture of the 1990s. Affiliated loosely by their age and nationality, they were a varied group of practitioners. Jorge Luis, lives and works in Miami, FL) creates visceral, abstract works on a monumental scale. Throughout his long and celebrated career, he has continued to experiment––in material (in addition to acrylic, he has worked in oil, mixed media, found objects, iron, and wood); in form (painting, sculpture, and installation); in palette; and in process (for the works in this show, he has used a brush taped to a long pole, a palette knife, his hands, and the sole of his shoe as mark-making tools).
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/
Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Kristen Thiele lives and works in Miami, FL. Thiele received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1995 and her MFA from Miami International University in 2012. During her years in school and after, she sang and played bass in the band Motorhome. They released 2 CDs and 3 singles on New York labels Zero Hour and Dirt Records and played with bands like Everclear, Alanis Morrisette, Missing Persons, Th’ Faith Healers, etc. After graduating from SAIC, Thiele apprenticed with Chicago screen printer Steve Walters of Screwball Press and learned the art of silkscreen printing, primarily printing posters for local and national bands. Upon her return to Miami, she became a member of the Art Center South Florida, (now Oolite Arts) on Lincoln Road in South Beach, where she held a studio until her move in 2010 to Bridge Red Studios in North Miami. Thiele currently co-runs Bridge Red Studios/Project Space, alongside her father Robert Thiele, exhibiting longstanding South Florida artists in an alternative environment. Thiele’s posters were published in the definitive rock poster book, “The Art of Modern Rock” and her paintings in, “Miami Contemporary Artists” and “100+ Degrees in the Shade.”
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
Richar Vico (b. Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, 1991). He studied at the School of Art Instructors in the Visual Arts Specialty “Pepito Tey” from 2006 to 2010. His concern for art is his inner self and from there the power to express their internal experiences throughout life Seeks a unique and detached expression of any formal language, thus presenting all kinds of internal emotions, concerns so common but necessary for life.
Pedro Vizcaíno (b. Havana, Cuba, 1966). He graduated from the San Alejandro Academy of Fine Arts and the Higher Institute of Art, in Havana. He was founder of Grupo Arte Calle. Throughout his career his work has been exhibited at museums and galleries in the U.S., Spain, Cuba, Mexico and Poland. Recent exhibitions include, “Atopia” (Center of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona, 2010) and “Wild Child Grafitti” (Figarelli Contemporary. Scottsdale, AZ, 2008). Vizcaíno’s work is part of major collections such as, Nina Menocal Collection (Mexico), Lowe Art Museum (Miami), Museum of Contemporary Art (North Miami), DACRA (Miami Beach), and Museum of Latin American Art (Long Beach, CA).
Ramón Williams (Havana, 1969) a multidisciplinary artist with pedagogical training (Instituto Superior pedagógico, 1992), whose interest in the intersections between different languages is manifested, from painting, writing and 3D craftsmanship of his animations, to creating your own music. His work, which includes video and photography, has been featured in numerous exhibitions and is part of several private collections in museums in Europe and the United States. He lives and works in the United States since 1996.
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/
Miami based artist David Zalben was born in Brooklyn, New York, where after the age of 4 moved from city to city often, including having lived a few years in Brazil. David was always infatuated with photography-by the age of nine he took pictures constantly, eventually working with school newspapers and winning awards at a young age. He began working in advertising photography where he established himself by engineering new approaches and innovative techniques such as the ‘selective focus’ technique. After working as a photographer, he went through a period of transformation and started to paint, which later included bending w ire into sculpture and writing poetry.
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