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Kiki Valdes x MDPLS Opening Reception November 21st

kiki valdes miami artKiki Valdes x MDPLS Opening Reception November 21st

This Saturday November 21st, Miami artist Kiki Valdes will be exhibiting his latest work at he Main Library lobby in Downtown Miami. A succession of new paintings by Kiki Valdes created on site through the Miami-Dade Public Library’s artist pop‑up studio program. The vitality of the large works on view will highlight the painter’s proficiency with materials and surface. Valdes uses a familiar cartoon sensibility in his mark making that is honest in its wistfulness with semi‑abstractions and metaphorical settings.

Kiki Valdes was born in Miami, FL in 1981. He attended The Maryland Institute College of Art where he majored in painting. He has his work in various collections around the country and abroad. Last year Valdes had a one man show at The National Arts Club in Gramercy Park, sharing the season exhibition catalog with such artists as Edvard Munch and Ilya & Emilia Kabakov. Read the rest of this entry »

Wynwood’s Exhibit of the Month November 2015

keith haring in wynwoodWynwood Exhibit of the Month November 2015

This month’s exhibit of the month goes to Gregg SheinHaum Gallery who is doing a solo show of the iconic 80’s pop artist Keith Haring. The exhibit, entitled Narrated,  includes works from 1982 through 1990. This show is not to be missed.

Gregg Shienbaum Fine Art

2239 NW 2nd Ave

Miami, FL 33127




A selection of works from 1982-1990


Opening night on Thrusday, November 12

From 6.00 pm

Keith Haring was and remains an irreplaceable symbol of the freedom that ate metropolitan streets and drank the night air of that wonderfully accursed place, the East Village.  His art work has a marvelous capacity to convey the spiritual anarchy of an artist outside the normal confines.  Haring has become the one most loved artists by the younger generations on every continent.  He has gained an indefinable number of admirers who can be found everywhere, whether among the ranks of the wealthy and middle class, or on the impersonal edges of our cities, where walls and graffiti form the open air salon of the young.  It is sobering to reflect the extent to which an artist, year after year, is able to exert an influence on the culture of vast numbers of people.

Haring was shaped by the street spirit of an overflowing and uncontrollable phenomenon of the eighties, know as “Street Art”.   However, it is important to look at Haring’s whole body of work, and not just his graffiti work.   Keith Haring seems to have been the spokesman for a “political” art with a powerful capacity for communication.  His paintings on canvas, chalk drawings on black paper, and his graphic works were to become a far more subtle means of communication than the sledgehammer methods of graffiti on a grand scale.

Effortless, but also in the depth of its own signs, brought to the highest degree of formal childishness, Haring’s work shows how synthesis is not just the beginning, but also the endpoint of any progressive evolution.  Beyond the aesthetic style, beats and throbs the morality of the artist, ready to attack the eyes, the heart, and the head of every observer.

The messages are easy to decode, but have behind them, a long path of ethical development that has endowed their contents with great structural force.  Frenzied consumption, global dehumanization of the human race, increasing levels of pollution, sexual prohibitions, prejudice against homosexuals, and social phobias amidst systematic automatisms and robotisms, are just a few of the many messages that Keith Haring’s art works deals with.

The genius of his artwork not only lies in the messages, but also in the brilliant manner in which Haring tackled these risky subjects.  The emergence of animals at the center of new and universal concepts of purity, children who find their way to the hub of the metropolitan scene, symbolic pyramids, cheerful pregnancies, flying angels, amorous couplings, these are just some of the images that Keith Haring’s whole course of development has clung to this double track of themes, that his irony turns into a single, pictorial body where gaiety and softness becomes the radiant surface of a complex body of work.



Miami Skyline Gets Synced with Music from 11/10-11/14


Miami Skyline Synced with Music from 11/10-11/14

This week pay close attention to the Miami Skyline as it gets synced with Music. The 364 sq. ft. facade and digital canvas along the the side of the Inter-Continental Hotel will be displaying totally new animations with musical compositions that can be heard thru the Newt App. “Newt Miami: Experiments in Light, Color & Sound is a public art installation in Downtown Miami transforming the 19-story LED wall of the InterContinental Hotel into a digital canvas for performative architecture.” Project Newt.

Check out a map showcasing the perfect locations to watch the show here.

Creative Fashion Made with McDonald’s Product by Miami International University of Art and Design

Mc DOnald's FashionCreative Fashion Made with McDonald’s Product by Miami International University of Art and Design

Students from Miami International University of Art and Design collaborated with local McDonald’s restaurant franchisees to create fashion made of entirely McDonald’s products. We are talking  4,600 McDonald’s sandwich wrappers, 1,770 fry boxes, 1,100 straws, 600 to-go bags, 500 sandwich boxes, 200 soft drink cups, 500 ketchup holders, and 100 McFlurry. Of course  there were some designs not so worthy, but the overall show was inspiring and brought pride to this fellow alumni. Being an artist myself I can appreciate art made with a limiting medium. These students overcame this huge obstacles and succeeded, the evidence is in the results. One more note, proceeds from the fashion show will go to the Ronald McDonald’s House. Congrats  to the students at Miami International University of Art and Design for their inspiring creations. Check the video recap of the Runway Show. video by The305.com

South Beach Food Tour Blogger Event and PhotoWalk (Pics and Video)

Annie Vasquez aka The Fashion Poet taking with our tour guide

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Meet Key West Artist Adam Russell

Public Art by Key West artist Adam Russel

Public Art by Key West artist Adam Russel

Adam Russell Artist Statement

“I think of my artworks as an echo of the earliest expression.  An echo expands through time to fill the space it travels into.  And from this time and space, I want to have a hand in the continuingauthorship of a symbolist cosmology — like those poetic artifacts of an ancient day.  

In our unique technological present, global connectivity lets us hear many echoes of our human past as they influence and inform the rhythms of now.

I like to describe my work in these terms as a ‘visual hip hop’, a decidedly postmodern blending of influences that I use to describe timeless aspects of my experience– an ancient continuity.  Under that banner, I heavily reference art history and utilize ancient aesthetic in combination to describe a contemporary perspective.  This process is the pursuit of a sincere expression and great love for our diverse cultural history.

 I like to ease into a larger narrative about discovering modern culture using a design sense, color palette and levity that allows an audience to simply enjoy the work, hopefully as much as I do.”

– Adam Russell
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My Memorable Lincoln MKX Experience

The new Lincoln MKX pic taken in Krome Avenue

The new Lincoln MKX pic taken in Krome Avenue

Tourist With In Our Own City.

Last weekend we had the new Lincoln MKX for a weekend test drive, courtesy  of the Lincoln Motor Co. My goal with the loan was  to take a tour of Miami and be a tourist in my own city. Also, to drive around town to cover all the top photography and  tourist destination Miami (my city) has to offer.  I took my two 8 year old nieces with me and even though the rainy weather did not cooperate with my plans, the experience driving the beautiful MKX was ever so memorable.

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Wynwood Exhibit of the Month for Art Walk – October 2015

Sonni pic Courtesy of Wyn317

Sonni pic Courtesy of Wyn317

Wynwood Exhibit of the Month for Art Walk – October 2015

This month  we chose Wyn317 gallery as the Exhibit of the Month for Art Walk. Wn317 Gallery is having a solo exhibit of internationally renown street artist Sonni. The artist Sonni is a New York City based artist with a broad appeal and a distinguishable color palette. “In his art, he is constantly searching for that lost moment in adolescence where adventure makes dreams a reality, where the imagination and playing develop invisible forces to re-capture those lost memories from your childhood. He works with different mediums that include paper and pencil, illustrator, acrylic on canvas, and wooden sculptures. Yet, his passion is to paint murals in public spaces, finding that dialogue with the public through primary colors and playfulness!” artist’s bio. For having such a high-caliber artist showing this month at Wynwood, gallery Wyn 317 in this month’s best exhibit.


167 NW 25 ST,

Miami, FL 33127.

view past Exhibit of the Months Here

Sonni pic Courtesy of Wyn317

Sonni pic Courtesy of Wyn317

Sonni pic Courtesy of Wyn317

Sonni pic Courtesy of Wyn317


2015 Instagram Weekend in Miami (Video Recap)

human surf boring in miami venetian pool

“human surf board” pic by @RogerbStillz

2015 Instagram Weekend in Miami (Video Recap)

If you ever wondered what is an Instameet, well here is a recap of this weekend, designated by Instargram as World Wide Instameet. For Instagram’s 5th year anniversary the Miami Instagram Community got together for a weekend of social media interaction. The event started on October 3rd early in the morning with local photographer Anthony Jordan (@AntJphotog) leading an early morning photowalk around Downtown Miami. The perfect weather played a role in making the next event at the Venetian Pool fulfill anticipations. This one was co-hosted by Instagrammers @WooSuppreme, @shooterShane and @Brianladder. Sunday October 4th was the official anniversary of Instagram and the community came together in South Point Park with balloons at hand. The perfect time of day and joyous backdrop made for fantastic pictures. Also co-hosted by She.Smiles, @DembyMalibu and @HiTola.  Check out the Top Miami Instagrammers to Follow after you watch the video.

Video shot on iPhone 6 and GoPro for the Underwater footage

Land VideoGraphy by Harold Rosario (@ArtofMiami)

Underwater Footage:

@RogerBStillz: Human Surfboard (Featured in Thumbnail pic)

@ShooterShane : Underwater Selfie and Gopro tour

@Cynlagos :UnderWater GoPro


Also see Top Miami Instagram Accounts of 2015 

Clever Miami Halloween T-Shirt by ArtofMiami

Miami t-shirt for halloween jack o lantern black


Miami Halloween T-Shirt by ArtofMiami on Sale Now

Rolling off from last year’s success the Miami Jack-o-Lantern T-Shirt by ArtofMiami.com is back on sale. This 100% cotton Miami Jack-o-Lantern T-shirt will make anyone take a double look. The clever design features the MIAMI tag on the gleeful smile of a carved pumpkin. Perfect to represent Miami at the many events taking place this season. This uniquely MIAMI shirt can only be possible by having the perfect letters for a city. New York, Chicago, Los Angeles can’t produce this clever design. So represent the best city in the U.S.A this Fall season.

-100% cotton
-Screen printed graphic
-Preshrunk fabric
-Standard fit

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