Art Miami is an extraordinary visual experience for art collectors, art lovers, and artists. This annual fair exhibits works by both local creators and prominent international artists such as: Andy Warhol, Banksy, Basquiat, Keith Haring, Mr. Brainwash, and Salvador Dali. 2015’s fair was hosted in the Midtown area of Miami, Florida November 29th – December 4th.
There were various art mediums on display: from acrylic, oil, gauche, and watercolor to metal sculptures. Each gallery is a guide to the region or country from which the artwork originates. The curators were friendly and provided information about the artists such as where they were from and what materials they utilized to create the piece. I’ve captured a few highlights from the event for you to explore.
Daniel Cherbuin utilizes mixed medium for his eye catching pieces. He frames portraits of vintage models such as Jean Shrimpton and Vivien Leigh. He incorporates video imagery into the character’s eyes or in the background.
Sibylle Peretti‘s contemporary artwork is dreamy and exquisite. Her imagery depicts children in relation to nature. Peretti utilizes her mastery to create portraits and sculptures which combine drawings and engravings on glass. Her three dimensional artwork fanciful and full of whimsy.
Peter Combe utilizes an array of assorted color paint chips to create a three-dimensional effect. He places each paint chip perfectly to capture the shading and contour of the portrait. When the artwork is observed from a closer view, the observer will notice the intricately cut pieces of paint samples placed horizontally to create an intriguing effect, inviting observers to step in for a closer look. The viewer can stand on either side of the portrait and admire the effect.
Thierry Guetta, also known as Mr. Brainwash, incorporates street art on display as contemporary wall art. Art fans can own work that seems deemed for a mural. The artist began his career as a rogue filmmaker before devoting himself to graphic arts, as documented in the Banksy directed documentary film”Exit Through The Gift Shop”. Mr. Brainwash’s exhibition attracted mass audiences eager to admire the paintings and take pictures with them. His modern artwork is appealing and magnetic. Memorable pieces include the vinyl portraits of renowned artists such as The Beatles and Frank Sinatra.
Ki-June Park creates carved wooden sculptures of youthful childlike characters. The sculptures are charming and painted with rich colors, playful yet mysterious. Park’s artwork utilizes the original Korean tradition of woodcarving. The sculptures are striking due to their petite stature, dozed appearance, and gleaming bold hues. The spunky sculptures seem fit for a child’s playhouse.
Yigal Ozeri creates photographic portraits by hand painting with oil medium on canvas. His paintings from afar appear to be large photographs. However, when observing the paintings up close, fine brush strokes are revealed. The muse for his portraits was a stunning and youthful woman with short brown hair and thin features. She appeared to be nostalgic and vulnerable.
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