Monday, October 9, 2017

South Florida Honored Special Olympics Participants At The 2017 “Athlete Awards” Gala On September 23rd.

Two Grammy Award Winning Artists Performed at the Special Olympics of Miami-Dade County's 5th Annual Athlete Awards Presented by Mass Mutual Miami

With 500 elite guests celebrating Eunice Kennedy Shriver's legacy, this year's 5th Annual Special Olympics Athlete Awards Gala was cohosted by Emmy Award-Winning ABC News Anchor Laurie Jennings and ABC Sports Director Will Manso on Saturday September 23, 2017.  The evening began with a surprise performance by eight-time GRAMMY™ AWARD WINNER STEPHEN MARLEY and a finale performance by GRAMMY™ AWARD WINNING POP/R&B ARTIST JODY WATLEY.  2017 Athlete Awards Platinum Sponsor RSM provided a generous dollar for dollar match on all donations raised the evening of the event.  A fun and feel good evening, the event was a huge success bringing in nearly $300,000 to Special Olympics Miami Dade.

Grammy Award Winning Singer Jody Watley

Event Chair Angela Birdman shared, "The 2017 Special Olympics Athlete Awards far surpassed my expectations.  With the overwhelming support of our donors, sponsors, and the community, we were able to exceed last year's numbers by $100,000 and raised enough to ensure all 34 Miami Dade athletes who qualified will be able to travel to Nationals in Seattle to compete.  I am eternally grateful for everyone's support."

8 Time Grammy Winner Stephen Marley & Bugga Perform

The 2017 Athlete Awards provided an opportunity for Special Olympics Florida to recognize their most incredible athletes, coaches, volunteers and community partners in Miami-Dade County, while raising awareness and funds for their county program that serves over 6,500 children and adults with intellectual disabilities. 

Eric Sanders-PR, & ABC Local 10's Laurie Jennings, Will Manso

Awards presenters for the evening included Olympic gymnasts ALICIA QUINN (SACRAMONE) AND BRIDGET SLOAN, Florida Marlins president DAVID SAMSON, and NFL player LAURENT ROBINSON.  VIP Special Guests included Olympic sailor MAGNUS LILJEDAHL, NBA player MARK STRICKLAND and actor producer VINCENT DE PAUL.

Linsey Harris Smith & Special Olympics Athletes Award Winners

Guests of this year's black-tie event enjoyed premium cocktails and wines sponsored by Bacardi and Don Bernardino Wines, Eagle Brands, Fashion Vodka and Prosseco, a three- course gourmet dinner, and live entertainment throughout the evening provided by UM Frost School of Music. Special thanks to Platinum Sponsors: Apure, RSM, Plaza Construction; Gold Sponsors: Kaufman Rossin, Power Design, Inc. and the David L. Singer Memorial Foundation.

Each $350 ticket sponsored one athlete with intellectual disabilities for one year of sports training and competition. To support Special Olympics and sponsor an athlete, go to


Special Olympics Florida provides year-round sports training, competition, and health services to children and adults with intellectual disabilities, at no cost to the athletes or their caregivers, as a means to achieve physical fitness, self-esteem, socialization skills, and the life skills necessary to be productive, respected, and contributing members of their communities. To learn more, visit

Monday, September 25, 2017

Call To Artists & Photographers - Enter the ENDANGERED: Art4Apes Fine Art and Photography Contest 2017

Fine Art and Photography Contest

Art4Apes is a band of art lovers and environmentalists who believe that art, in all its forms, can reach people all over the globe and win hearts and minds for the cause of preserving life, in all its many forms, and the environment. Organizing art shows, competitions and other events to focus attention on all that is ENDANGERED in our world. This contest and subsequent Miami Art Week exhibition Dec.6-9th, 2017 aims to encourage artists and photographers to focus their skill and creativity on the issues facing endangered species and habitats while raising funds to support the Center for Great Apes, a sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees in need of lifetime care.
Call To Artists & Photographers: Enter the ENDANGERED: Art4Apes Fine Art and Photography Contest 2017 to win cash prizes and a place in the exhibition during Miami Art Week Dec.6-9th.

Enter at *Submission Deadline: October 15th, Midnight. Please see entry link for full details. For more information about Art4Apes visit:

All entry fees are donations to the Center for Great Apes, whose mission is to provide a permanent sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees who have been rescued or retired from the entertainment industry, from research, or who are no longer wanted as pets.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Exhibition of Cuban Artists Mrs. Marlys Fuego & Mr. William Perez in El Barrio's Artspace PS 109 sponsored by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund will be inaugurated in New York.

Since last June, Artists Mrs. Marlys Fuego and Mr. William Perez have been artist-in-residence in El Barrio's Artspace PS109, with the support of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. As a result of the residence developed the two-person exhibition "Self-Illuminated", opening up on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 from 7-11pm, curated by Mrs. Gabriela García Azcuy.

About "Self-Illuminated" in the words of the catalog the curator has said:
(...)To shine "with their own light" is the thesis of both creators for Self-illuminated, which they describe as catalysis of their abilities as creative individuals; since it is the light, in its widest concept -illuminating them, and being objectified in their work- the guiding element of the exhibition

Their discourses, quite independent from each other, create an atmosphere of dialogue and explicit interrelation when joining in the common exhibition space, which results from the complicity that has accompanied their personal-professional relationship for the last ten years.

The artists return to their work re-elaborating it within the new context that now surrounds them. They experiment, extend the formats, appeal to the manufacture, to the extreme meticulousness when elaborating each element. They create curious kinetic mechanisms or couture decoration. Each piece becomes a staging that mixes science, illusion, memories, realities, imaginaries (...)

El Barrio's Artspace PS109, opens with these artists its system of residences. Therefore, part of the objectives of the Marlys & William has been to transform one of the spaces of the center and turn it into a permanent gallery, where upcoming exhibitions will happen.

A total of 20 pieces make up the show: kinetic pieces, light boxes, canvases, collages, sculptures, installations. As a whole, "Self-Illuminated" is an environment where the light is the protagonist.

For more information consult 

MARLYS FUEGO GONZÁLEZ (Las Tunas, Cuba, 1988)
STUDIES/ESTUDIOS.2013-2014: Universidad de las Artes (ISA) (University of Arts), Havana, Cuba. 2003-2007: Academia Provincial de Artes Visuales (Provincial Academy of Visual Arts) "Oswaldo Guayasamín Monteverde",  Bayamo, Cuba. SOLO EXHIBITIONS/ EXPOSICIONES PERSONALES. 2016, Nuevos trabajos. BARCÚ Art Fair. Casa la Cicuta, Bogota, Colombia. 2015, Espacios íntimos.  Zona Franca, Collateral to the 12 Havana Biennial, Morro-Cabaña, Havana, Cuba. (With William Pérez). Pink. Galiano Gallery, Havana, Cuba. 2012, Living together. Collateral to the 11 Havana Biennial, Estudio Alcázar, Havana, Cuba. (With William Pérez). GROUP EXHIBITIONS/ EXPOSICIONES COLECTIVAS; 2017, Poems. Kendall Art Center, Miami, United States. 82ºW / Six Degrees of Separation. Thomas Center Main Gallery, Gainesville, United States.2016, Arigato. Taller Gorría Gallery, Havana, Cuba. From far away. Abra Gallery, Miami, United States. Abre los ojos. Galiano Gallery,  Havana, Cuba.Sangre y fuerza. Pabellón Cuba. Havana, Cuba. La madre de todas las artes. Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam. Havana, Cuba. 2015, Made in Cuba. Cuban Art Space West Gallery, Santa Monica, United States. El paraíso de Freya. Miramar 601 Gallery, Havana, Cuba. Territorios. Collateral to the 12 Havana Biennial, Galiano Gallery, Havana, Cuba. Éticos y estéticos. Centro de Prensa Internacional, Havana, Cuba. PUBLIC INTERVENTIONS/INTERVENCIONES PÚBLICAS, 2015. Bon Voyage. Facade of the Galiano Gallery, 12 Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba. ART FAIRS/ FERIAS DE ARTE, 2016. BARCÚ Art Fair. With Collage Habana Gallery, Bogota, Colombia. 2013, Houston Fine Art Fair. With Collage Habana Gallery, Houston, United States.Art Moscow. With Collage Habana Gallery, Moscow, Russia. Palm Spring Fine Art Fair. With Salt Fine Art Gallery, Palm Spring, United States.  2012,  Art Moscow. With Collage Habana Gallery. Moscow, Russia.

STUDIES/ESTUDIOS, 1981-1986: Academia Nacional de Bellas Artes (National Academy of Fine Arts) "San Alejandro", Havana, Cuba. 1977-1981: Escuela Elemental de Artes Plásticas (Elementary School of Fine Arts) "Rolando Escardó", Cienfuegos, Cuba. SOLO EXHIBITIONS/ EXPOSICIONES PERSONALES, 2015, Siempre hay un lugar. Salt Fine Art Gallery, Los Angeles, United States. Espacios íntimos. Zona Franca, Collateral to the 12 Havana Biennial, Morro-Cabaña, Havana, Cuba. (With Marlys Fuego). 2012, Living together.Collateral to the 11 Havana Biennial, Estudio Alcázar, Havana, Cuba. (With Marlys Fuego). Cartografía del alma. Villa Manuela Gallery, Havana, Cuba. Los hombres se miden según el tamaño de sus sueños. First Ibero-American Art Fair (IAAF), Bellarte Gallery, Seoul, Korea, 2012. (With Mario González). 2011, La conjugación de la nada, arte cubano de fin de milenio. Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales, Havana, Cuba. Living together. The Cuban Art Space, Center for Cuban Studies, New York, United States.(With Marlys Fuego). GROUP EXHIBITIONS/ EXPOSICIONES COLECTIVAS, 2016, Tradiciones desdibujadas. Villa Manuela Gallery, Havana, Cuba. 

La madre de todas las artes. Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam, Havana, Cuba. 2015, HB. Collateral to the 12 Havana Biennial, PABEXPO, Havana, Cuba. 2014,

Ahora 12. Artis 718 Gallery, Havana, Cuba. 2012, Revolution not televised. Bronx Museum; Museo del Barrio; Queens Museum; Studio Museum in Harlem. New York, United States. Dry cleaning. Collateral to the 11 Havana Biennial, La Lavandería, Havana, Cuba. Cuba. Salt Fine Art Gallery, Los Angeles, United States. 2011, Living in Havana. Malborough Gallery, New York, United States. Punto y seguido. Villa Manuela Gallery, Havana, Cuba. SCULPTURES IN PUBLIC SPACES/ ESCULTURAS EN ESPACIOS PÚBLICOS, 2015. Made in Cuba. Museum of Latin American Art (MoLAA), Los Angeles, United States. 2008. Rojo. Parque de las esculturas, Cienfuegos, Cuba. 1997. Monumento a la unidad. Adventurous Fall, Omø, Skælskor, Denmark. 1989. Monumento a Ramón Balboa. CAI Ramón Balboa, San José de las Lajas, Mayabeque, Cuba. ART FAIRS/ FERIAS DE ARTE, 2016. SCOPE Art Show. With Artis 718 Gallery, Miami, United States. 2013. Houston Fine Art Fair. With Villa Manuela Gallery. Houston, United States. Palm Spring Fine Art Fair. With Salt Fine Art Gallery, Palm Spring, United States. 2011. ARTBO. With Villa Manuela Gallery, Bogota, Colombia.

2009. PINTA. With Jacob Karpio Gallery. New York, United States. SCOPE Art Show. With Jacob Karpio Gallery. Basel, Switzerland. ART RESIDENCIES/ RESIDENCIAS ARTÍSTICAS, 2017. El Barrio´s Artspace PS109. Sponsored by Rockefeller Brothers Fund. New York, United States. 2013. Art Omi International Residency.  New York, United States. 2002. Nordisk Kunstnarsenter. Dale, Norway. MEMBERSHIPS/ MEMBRESÍAS, Member of the National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC) / Miembro de la Unión Nacional de Escritores y Artistas de Cuba (UNEAC). OTHER EVENTS/ OTROS EVENTOS 2001.  The online charity action. New York, United States.

OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES/ OTRAS ACTIVIDADES PROFESIONALES, 1999. Jury of the National Prize of Visual Arts. Havana, Cuba/ Jurado del Premio Nacional de Artes Plásticas. La Habana, Cuba.

Graduated from History of Arts at the Faculty of Arts and Letters of the University of Havana. She is the curator of The Cuban Arts Group Collection and the co-director of Next Generation Project. She has curated around twenty  exhibitions among which are (Art)xiomas (Art Museum of the Americas (AMA MUSEUM), Spanish Cultural Center (CCEMIAMI) Despedida (Farewell) (Embassy of Spain in Cuba), Sensus (Fábrica de Arte Cubano) Sobre Cuchillos de Polvo (Over dust knives)(Colonial Art Museum) Lipstick (Fábrica de Arte Cubano), the three editions of Post-it. Exhibit and Sale of Contemporary Cuban Art (galleries network of the Visual Arts National Center "Collage Havana", FCBC, Havana, Cuba, 2013, 2014 and 2015), in the most recent edition of HB (collateral to the 12th Havana Biennial, Pabexpo, Havana, Cuba, 2015), and in Texturas Develadas (Unveiled Textures): Anthology of Collography in Cuba (group shows, Visual Arts Provincial Council, Cienfuegos, Cuba, 2013), among others. She has performed content management and editing/correcting jobs for the catalogs of the three editions of Post-it. Exhibit and Sale of Contemporary Cuban Art (2015, 2014 and 2013), (Art)xiomas (2015), HB (2015), España en la 12 Bienal de La Habana (Spain in the 12th Havana Biennial) (2015), Ernesto Rancaño. La carta que nunca te escribí (The letter I never wrote you) (2014) and Lisandra Ramírez (2014), among others. She has published articles about Cuban Art on Art OnCuba, ArteCubano, Arte por Excelencias, Upsalón and La Jiribilla.

Join us at ABRA Gallery's Grand Opening Event on Thursday, October 12th from 6-9pm

Join us at ABRA Gallery's Grand Opening
Thursday, October 12th from 6-9pm

 ABRA Gallery "Art By Renowned Artists" is South Florida's newest gem of a gallery located at 2014 NE 155th Street in North Miami Beach, Florida 33162. Join us for the Grand Opening of ABRA Gallery on Thursday, October 12th from 6-9pm for an elegant evening of art and culture. ABRA will be showcasing nine diverse local and international artists, featuring Hessam AbrishamiBehrooz Valiani, Igal Fedida, Raoof HaghighiGoli Mahallati, Hugo Loredo, Ariel Ortega, Nasrin Sheykhi, Hamid Asadi, and Saeed Asadi. Join us as the gallery brings together their outstanding roster of artists to celebrate a new home in South Florida! RSVP at

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Art Advisor Sébastien Laboureau

Sébastien Laboureau holds a degree in Civil Engineering from Ecole des Mines de Paris and a Master of Science in Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics.  He benefits from an international experience in Management Control (at AXA Group) and Investment Banking (Mergers and Acquisitions at Goldman Sachs). Long-time, art enthusiast and experienced art collector, he is a trusted Art Advisor, located both in Miami and Paris, with partners in Latin-America and Asia, trusted advisor of private collectors, and various institutions all over the world. He is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Arts and Business Council in Miami and sits on the Creative and Design committee of the Beacon Council. He is regional representative for Continental Europe of the Art Fund Association, and serves on its Best Practices Committee. 

Sébastien Laboureau

He is notably the Strategic Art Advisor of Institut Van Gogh, in Auvers-sur-Oise, of ACCOR hospitality Group (SOFITEL & PULLMAN brands). He is also the urban art specialist for the leading auction house in Miami, Fine Art Auction Miami, the special curator of France Pavilion, and an art consultant for leading art galleries in Miami, New York, Los Angeles, and Bogota. Sebastien Laboureau has been recently chosen as Art Advisor to the Sagamore Hotel, the 'Art Hotel' in South Beach for over 16 years, under new ownership. As a respected and independent expert on the art market, he is a keynote speaker to various private banks, family offices, art fairs and public institutions to give lectures and conferences on the art market and on selected art history topics. He specializes in areas of Art & Finance, Art Investment, Pop Art, Urban Art, and topics related to the secondary market. Sebastien Laboureau, as a street art expert, was most recently featured in USA Today for his selection of the “10 Best: Cities to see Street Art”.

Have a question? Want to discuss your next project?

Friday, September 15, 2017

Art Miami Announces New Location in Downtown Miami on Biscayne Bay for Art Basel Miami Beach 2017

One Herald Plaza at NE 14th Street On Biscayne Bay in Downtown Miami Between the Venetian & MacArthur Causeways 

During Art Basel Miami Week / December 5-10, 2017

Over the last decade, Art Miami has secured its position as one of the most important fairs and is globally recognized as a primary destination for the acquisition of the most important works from the 20th and 21st centuries in collaboration with a selection of the world’s most respected galleries. With an average of 75,000 visitors annually Art Miami draws upon the vast collector base, art dealers, advisors, curators and museums that descend upon Miami for what has been largely heralded as the art week of the year in the United States. Attending galleries report high volume sales for their star artists as collectors and advisors are present from the moment the doors open vying to acquire the most important works within the fair.

CONTEXT Art Miami, the sister fair to Art Miami, is dedicated to the development and reinforcement of emerging and mid-career artists, launched in 2012. CONTEXT’s open atmosphere creates a meaningful dialogue between artists, galleries and collectors while providing the ultimate platform for established and emerging galleries to present cutting-edge and emerging talent.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

After weathering Hurricane Irma, Frost Science is ready to welcome back the community starting Friday, Sept.15th at 9am!

The even better news: Frost Science Museum exhibitions and animals are safe, intact and make a great diversion for guests needing a break from the long days ahead. 

Looking to unwind this week? Treat yourself to First Fridays: Redux — a retro laser light show taking place inside the cool dome of the Frost Planetarium. Due to popular demand, they brought back First Fridays for an encore performance this month, and you're invited to rock out to the classic laser light spectacles you know and love. Reserve your seats now!

Exploring the Frost Science exhibitions can work up a healthy appetite. Starting Friday, you can fuel up at the new Food@Science — an in-house café serving up fresh salads, sandwiches and hearty dishes. On the run? Our grab-and-go option is perfect for a quick cup of Starbucks coffee and a filling boxed lunch.

You spoke, they listened! Starting October 1, Frost Science's new hours of operation will be 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. to better suit the needs of the community.
Please note: The Falcon Batchelor Bird of Prey Center and Batchelor Wildlife Center in Coconut Grove will remain closed until further notice. Frost Science will be sure to keep you up to date on any future developments.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Fabien Castanier Gallery in Los Angeles Sept 16th Opening Reception of "Mark Making" Group Exhibition

Mark Making
with Aaron De La Cruz, Alex Kizu (aka Defer), & Mark Dean Veca
September 16 - October 14, 2017

Opening Reception with the Artists

Fabien Castanier Gallery is excited to announce their next exhibition in Los Angeles, Mark Making, featuring work from Aaron De La Cruz, Alex Kizu (aka Defer), and Mark Dean Veca. Each of these artists present work that is built on a foundation of mark-making. Recalling a variety of styles, including abstraction, design, and graffiti, the artists are most familiar with creating large scale installations, pieces that envelope the viewer in realms of meticulously detailed linework and hypnotizing compositions. The exhibition will include paintings, sculpture and installation.

Aaron De La Cruz | "Untitled" (detail) stucco on wooden panel, 1 of 4 panels, 60 x 48 in. (152x122cm)
TOP: Alex Kizu (Defer) | "Natural Habitat" (detail) acrylic on canvas, 73.25 x 49.5 in. framed (186x126cm)

Aaron De La Cruz presents paintings and sculpture that incorporate patterns and motifs that at their core are very simple, but when gathered together create complex, labyrinthine compositions. His pieces, with bold lines and distinctive use of color, straddle the line between painting and design. He reduces his expression into its most minimal form, keeping in mind the surface that he paints on as his patterns seem to flow over and within the walls and canvas. The artist's marks are more often than not unplanned and instinctual, work that he hopes the viewer will infuse with their own narrative. By combining a minimalist aesthetic and often purposefully minimal materials, he seeks to create affecting work with maximum impact.

Alex Kizu's work stems from his culture and connection to graffiti and the urban landscape, representing a profound artistic language which distorts the lines between street art and fine art. Kizu, aka Defer, was one of the pioneer members of the first generation of Los Angeles graffiti writers, and he has distilled the hand-style developed since his youth into abstract pieces that incorporate not only typographic motifs but cultural motifs, and complex patterning. Kizu's paintings are highly detailed examinations of line and color, frenetic structures that flow organically with multi-layered abstractions that create a borderless visual depth and complexity.

Mark Dean Veca's newest work evolved out of the textures and patterns found in his more representational compositions. By distilling the line-work aesthetic he has used in part, Veca's paintings and installation are an examination of the patterns and details which have grown organically from his oeuvre. The visual motif in these "Dither" paintings are improvisational – spontaneous and abstracted tessellations that exist un-tethered to any particular orientation. By observing his paintings and stepping into his installation, the viewer is engulfed within an optical meditation. While purely abstract, his forms express a refined organic geometry and a sense of depth and illusion contained within a balanced yet tumultuous array.

Mark Dean Veca | "Dither 004" (detail) acrylic on canvas, 36 x 24 in. (91x61cm)
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Sunday, September 3, 2017

Call To Artists: Visual Artist Exhibition Opportunities During Art Basel Miami Beach Week Dec.6-10,2017

Call To Artists: Are you a professional visual artist interested in exhibiting your work during Art Week in Miami? Miami Art Scene™ has access to a variety of exhibition opportunities available for artist projects during Art Basel Miami Beach taking place December 5-10, 2017. Call is open to all styles, mediums & genres from all local, national and international visual artists.
Serious inquiries only, email:, Attn: Kat Wagner; please include 3-5 images of your recent work along with a link to your professional website, and your contact information.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Fabian Castanier Gallery in Miami Opening Reception for "Ciudad Mágica" on September 7, 2017 from 6-9pm with Hoxxoh, Andrew Antonaccio, and Michael Vasquez

with Hoxxoh, Andrew Antonaccio, and Michael Vasquez
September 7 - October 7, 2017

Opening Reception with the Artists

Fabien Castanier Gallery is excited to announce their next group exhibition in Miami, Ciudad Mágica, with new work from artists Hoxxoh, Andrew Antonaccio, and Michael Vasquez. While each artist conveys vastly different styles, they are all based in Miami, creating works inspired by the city's rich cultural history and dynamic aesthetic. Miami is often referred to as the Ciudad Mágica (the magic city), a nickname born out of the city's rapid growth. With its burgeoning transformation every year, the Miami art scene continues to evolve and this exhibition presents a focus on three particularly prolific image makers.

Andrew Antonaccio | "Motion Frictrion" detail (2017) mechanical pvc plastic and acrylic, 32 x 32 in. (81x81cm)
TOP: Hoxxoh | "Transfer" (2017) mixed media on canvas, 31 in. diameter (80cm)
Douglas Hoekzema (aka Hoxxoh) began as a graffiti and street artist in Miami. Originally part of the MSG graffiti crew, Hoxxoh developed his own style that has evolved into an artistic practice that now adorns commissioned walls all over the city. He has mastered multidimensional abstract pieces that combine geometric and linear forms with an organic aesthetic. His new work for this show highlights his technique and mode of creation, investigating an intuitive manipulation of paint on canvas. The compositions are made with a variety of techniques, including a paint pendulum and a method involving the pouring of paint from one flat surface to another. The patterns he creates are moments of controlled chaos, the representation of the mechanisms of time and gravity through pigment. Much of his work is determined by chance and the passing of time, manifested in logarithmic spirals and hypnotizing striations of color.

Andrew Antonaccio has become a strong force for urban art in Miami, most known for his black and white linear portraits and colored geometric abstractions created as part of artist duo, 2Alas. Now, Antonaccio presents his personal studio work that focuses on the juxtaposition of traditional aesthetics and the digital medium. He combines archived images with new era or modern photography, creating abstract compositions. Some of his work even factors in an interactive element, in which capturing his pieces digitally will present an alternate appearance on the viewer's camera. He utilizes this unique characteristic as a commentary on the overwhelming digital experience of our current generation.

Michael Vasquez's work explores a world of misguided youth, subjects who are in search of acceptance and belonging amidst undeserved communities, broken homes, street gangs, and cliques. With his portraits, Vasquez presents groups of "extended families", governed by their own sets of values and social codes. His work is deeply embedded with signs, symbols, and the performative bravado of his subjects, an examination of the reoccurring themes of masculinity, identity, and community. Vasquez's work has been exhibited in numerous institutions, including the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery (D.C.), the MDC Museum of Art + Design (FL), the MOCA North Miami (FL), and the Orlando Museum of Art (FL).
Michael Vasquez | "275 North - OZ and Red" (2016) acrylic and spray paint on canvas, 96 x 72 in. (234x183cm)