Category : Exhibits – Miami

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Carlos Estévez: Urban Universes projections at Coral Gables City Hall building

Coral Gables City Hall: 405 Baltimore Way

February 12 – March 15, 2021

Cuban born, Miami based artist Carlos Estévez will be creating his first technology-based artwork. Based on Estevez’s paintings and sculptures, this new projection mapped immersive work  will be cast on the entire surface of the historic Coral Gables City Hall building. The artist’s previous work seems to capture a moment of time but for this new commission, Estévez will work with a team of animators to develop the video content about people’s movement, interaction, and sense of community. He has always contemplated working in this way but due to costs and need for technical support has waited for a moment like this. We are proud to be presenting this work every evening for the month-long exhibition period.

In tandem with the video mapped projection piece, Estevez is creating an educational tool and interactive artwork with our educational partners Florida International University Art & Art History Department and the Miami Dade County Public Schools. Through a demonstration video, art teacher workshops and in personal lessons, Estevez hopes to inspire and help the children and their families in the district make kites that are based on identity, self-portraiture, and inclusivity.

ARTIST STATEMENT:

“Urban Universes is the most exciting project of my career. The work consists of the animation of various passers-by or characters that I portray in my paintings. This work pays homage to the City of Coral Gables and its inhabitants. Coral Gables is one of the oldest and both culturally and historically rich cities in South Florida, especially the street of Miracle Mile and its surroundings. The heart of the city is a center of leisure for locals and tourists. My work will be projected on the entire City Hall facade. The images will be imaginary representations of people passing by, walking, and conversing amongst themselves, projecting their goals and dreams, just like the people that inhabit this city. These people are portraits of different individuals that come across one another fortuitously. I wanted to imagine the inner world of people, their identities, and emotions, which I translate with lines and colors. Each person that walks by the city will see their reflection in some of the characters in this piece, identify with the characters will make them feel included, and also feel like a part of this city.

Urban Universes is the work that I am presenting for the Illuminate Coral Gables exhibition. It is orchestrated by curator Lance Fung whose vision is to take the artworks of individual artists to an urban community. It is going to be a fascinating experience that reverses the ordinary dynamic of art. Rather than going into museums, galleries, or art institutions, the art will find and amuse you on the streets of your city.”

Carlos Estévez at CANY blog

More about Carlos Estévez

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María Magdalena Campos in Group Show ALIEN NATIONS 2020 at Coral Gables Museum

Carole A. Fewell Gallery

December 1st, 2020 – March 14th, 2021

Cuban Artist María Magdalena Campos is part of the group show ALIEN NATIONS 2020 at the Coral Gables Museum in Miami.

Alien Nations 2020 gathers a group of artists who convey different forms of alienation. It looks at a myriad of issues that are affecting the psychological state of the individual and the different groups within which we live.

Nearly two dozen creatives, both emerging and established, many with connections to South Florida, exhibit works in a broad range of media – painting, photography, sculpture, installation, video, and performance documentation. Inscribed in a long tradition of responses to troubled times, these pieces not only portray the current socio-political and economic landscape, but also share sensitive insights into the direction of our humanity, and hope for the future.

Events:

January 9 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Artist Panel: Alien Nations

To RSVP for the panel: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcsc-mqrz0oHdL1ZVt3QpNfuva_RbEuSMUB

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the conversation.

María Magdalena Campos at CANY BLOG

María Magdalena Campos online

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Miami Art Week: Faena Art Features Cuban-born Artist

“Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is,” is a passage easily applicable to today’s time. Cuban-born artist Alexandre Arrechea took it directly from the text of Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea. The novel is the literary inspiration for his latest installation Dreaming with Lions. Faena Art will present it on the beach until December 6.

The colossal installation was assembled in front of the Faena Hotel on Miami Beach during Miami Art Week. It is an existential work with many symbols. Measuring a 62’ diameter, the work resembles a giant forum-style library.  Arrechea also incorporated beach towels with illustrated phrases, like the one above, from the novel.      

Through the artwork, the artist seeks to express the sheer force of the human spirit during these perilous times.  He reconstructs the ideals of hope, faith and strength of the human spirit prevail in the face of the moral challenges.  The library style of the work further enhances the ideological constructs. 

“Dreaming with Lions” proposes action and reflection. That we reflect upon coherence and respect of oneself and others, and that we continue to invent ways to confront our destiny while maintaining integrity and grandeur,” expressed the artist. 

Arrechea was born in Trinidad, Cuba in 1970, and he currently lives in Miami, FL.  He graduated from the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA) of Havana in 1994.

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Miami Businessman Promotes Cuban Art with Fine Arts on the Plate

Fine Arts on the Plate is the current exhibition of Cuban art displayed at the Kendall Art Center (KAC).  Forty-five artists of Cuban origin who live outside of the island have participated in the show. KAC will display the plate art at their showroom in South West Miami until February 2021. 

The founder Leonardo Rodriguez conceived of the idea to have artists paint on original plates instead of large canvases as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  He wanted to not only bring back the forgotten art of ceramics but also provide a financial opportunity for artists.  “Not everyone has 8 or 10 thousand dollars to buy a canvas, but anyone has one thousand or one thousand two hundred dollars to pay for a plate,” he explained to Alona Martinez of the Miami Herald. 

Originally from Cuba, Rodriguez founded the art center because he wanted to promote Cuban artists working outside the island. He is committed to helping artists who are exiled from Cuba. “The Cuban artist, when he leaves Cuba, is forgotten…I wanted to show the world that the artist that is in Miami keeps being a Cuban artist and is very professional,” he mentioned to the Herald. Even though most of the artists that KAC exhibits are from Miami, they have also displayed the art of Cuban artists living in Japan, Spain, and Boston.  

The Kendall Art Center is a non-profit organization, which opened to the public in the summer of 2016. Rodriguez created the gallery accidentally in order to house his vast collection of Cuban art. He began collecting pieces as a young adult in Cuba. His mother worked at the renowned Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. As a young child, he garnered a love for art. He had access to one of Cuba’s most extensive art collections.  He needed a space to store all of the art overflowing in his home. It was more of an experiment to the business owner, who was unsure if anyone would visit the center. To his surprise, about 200 people attended the private collection.  Now, about 20,000 people visit the KAC yearly.  With over 600 pieces, his private art collection is one of the largest collections of contemporary Cuban art in Miami.

Link:—> Wikipedia

Link:—> KAC web page

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Cuban-American artist ERNESTO BRIEL exhibit’s IRIDESCENT GEOMETRIES at Juan Carlos Maldonado Art Collection

DATE: Thursday, November 19, 2020 –
Saturday, March 20, 2021

TIME: Tuesdays to Fridays 10:30 am – 5 pm, Saturdays: 11am – 4pm

PLACE: Juan Carlos Maldonado Art Collection

The Juan Carlos Maldonado Art Collection presents our new exhibition of cuban artist Ernesto Briel: Iridescent Geometries. 

Since its inception in 2005, the driving force behind the Juan Carlos Maldonado Art Collection, JCMAC, has been to recognize and generate awareness on the contribution that Geometric Abstraction has made to art history in the twentieth century. With the title Iridescent Geometries, JCMAC gives continuity to the exhibition project that began six years ago.

Since then, its objective has been to promote the study of modern and contemporary art at an international level, with an emphasis on abstract-geometric practices. On this occasion, and after having exhibited part of the collection, he focuses his attention on the work of Ernesto Briel, a Cuban optical artist whose production is practically unknown, even among specialists in Latin American art.

Ernesto Briel at Sotheby’s, by Gustavo Valdés

Ernesto Briel at CANY Blog

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Group show PRIMERA REVANCHA, at Pinta Miami

Dec 1 – Dec 4, 2016

Curated by Omar Pascual Castillo

Pinta Miami  Booth B29
318 NW 23rd St,
Miami, FL 33127

Featured artists:

Alejandro Aguilera, José Bedia, Ariel Cabrera, Carlos Cárdenas, Luis Cruz Azaceta, Ofill Echevarría, Alexis Esquivel, Tomás Esson, Flavio Garciandía, Maykel Linares, Enrique Martínez Celaya, Marta María Pérez Bravo, Geandy Pavón, Segundo Planes, Juan Miguel Pozo, Ernesto Pujol

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AUTOPIA: Road Trips from the Cold War to the Present, at Bakehouse Art Complex, Miami

Nov 28, 2016 – Jan 13, 2017

Opening Reception: Monday, Nov. 28, 2016    7-10 pm

Curated by Elvis Fuentes and Gabriela M. Fernandez

Audrey Love Gallery
Bakehouse Art Complex
561 NW 32nd Street
Miami Florida 33127

Autopia explores the ubiquitous presence of the automobile in contemporary culture. “Autopia” combines the words auto and Utopia to highlight the importance that the car industry played as one of the paramount symbols of progress in the 20th Century. What is its place in contemporary culture? Does car culture remain central to our ideal of progress? In this exhibition, the legacy of automobiles is being reviewed and reassessed through the work of artists from three continents.

The exhibition is divided in four thematic groups, dealing with the central role of cars in the American High/Way of Life, the USA-USSR fight for consumers’ hearts and minds during the Cold War, the impact of automobiles in the natural realm, and the ways in which it has affected human lives, rewriting maps through commerce and migration, and changing urban centers like Miami.

Participating artists include:
Jairo Alfonso, Adrián Balseca, Yael Bartana, César Beltrán, Timothy Buwalda, Carlos Luis DeMedeiros, Rigoberto Díaz Martínez, Daniel Evans, Luis Gispert, Pablo Helguera, Alex Heria, Marisa Jahn, Ernesto Kunde, Volodymyr Kuznetsov, Carlos Marcial, Frank E. Martínez, Julio César Morales, Alex Núñez, Rob Pruitt, Rubert Quintana, Ishmael Randall Weeks, Jorge Rodríguez Díez, Betsabée Romero, Lázaro Saavedra, Peter Sarkisian, Daniel Silvo, Pedro Vizcaíno

 

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Flavio Garciandía in group show “Speaking of Abstraction: Language transitions in Latin-American art”, at Durban Signing Gallery, Miami

Opening Reception: Friday, July 8th 2016, 7PM

Curated by Dennys Matos.
Durban Segnini Gallery 
3072 SW 38th AVE.
Miami, FL 33146

Durban Segnini Gallery presents a splendid selection of 12 crucial artists for understanding the language development of the Latin American Abstraction, representing Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Uruguay and Venezuela.
The exhibition includes 33 works among drawing, painting, mixed media and sculpture, offering the viewer a wide aesthetic itinerary of Abstraction in its various manifestations.
“Speaking of Abstraction (…) ¨ considers more than six artists’ generations whose contributions and paths made of Abstraction the most influential tendency in the historiography of Latin American contemporary art of the twentieth century.

“Speaking of Abstraction: Language Transitions in Latin American Art” offers through a selection of 33 works including paintings, sculpture, mixed media and drawing, a unique opportunity to review and understand the language development of the Latin American Abstraction.
This exemplary review includes twelve prominent artists, among which are great masters such as Carmelo Arden Quin (Uruguay), César Paternosto (Argentina), Carlos Rojas (Colombia) or Mateo Manaure (Venezuela). Also joining them new promising generation of abstract artists such as Flavio Garciandía (Cuba), Jaildo Marinho (Brazil), Emilia Sirrs (Mexico) and Beto De Volder (Argentina).

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Go Figure! at Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami

July 16 – August 14

Opening Reception
Saturday, July 16 7- 10 pm

Fredric Snitzer Gallery

1540 NE Miami Ct,
Miami, Florida 33132


Carlos Alfonzo
Dan Attoe
Luis Cruz Azaceta
Hernan Bas
Jose Bedia
Luis Colina
Tomas Esson
Luis Gispert
Ruben Torres Llorca
Jon Pylypchuk
Christian Schoeler
Michael Vasquez

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LIKE IT OR NOT by Arturo E. Mosquera at Farside Gallery, Miami

April 14 through June 12, 2016

Walkthrough
May 13, 2016   8-10 PM

Farside Gallery
1305 SW 87th Avenue
Miami, FL 33174

Curated by Angela Valella

At the heart of the exhibition Like it or Not, is Arturo E. Mosquera’s fascination with the city, the local social, the art collection and the cultural scene that he has been surrounded since his early years.
A significant body of work conceived and produced at different intervals of the artist’s life will be on display; while they vary in medium and technique, these pieces share traces of the powerful repertoire with which the artist constructs his system of ideas and images.

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