Everything that's Art of Miami

Jose Bedia Retrospective Exhibit @ The MAM 5/24-9/2/2012

king of the starsOne of our city’s top artist Jose Bedia

This Thursday at the MAM. is the opening reception for a retrospective exhibit of one of Miami’s most beloved artist, Jose Bedia. Although not Miami born, Jose Bedia and his artwork has been proudly adopted and showcased in this community since the 1980’s. For all I have read and written about this artist, it is with great excitement to see a collection of his work in person. Exhibit opens this thursday.

About José Bedia

José Bedia was born in January 1959, the same month and year that Fidel Castro marched into Havana. He graduated from the Instituto Superior de Arte and was included in the groundbreaking Havana Biennials of the 1980s. He was selected for the exhibition Magiciens de la terre, held at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris in 1989 and in 1991 moved to Mexico. In 1993, he immigrated to the United States. He presently lives and works in Miami.

Bedia’s major projects include an invitational installation concurrent with the Saõ Paulo Biennial and a travelling retrospective organized by the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, both in 1994; and exhibitions at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo in Monterrey, Mexico, and Site Santa Fe in New Mexico in 1997; and a major solo exhibition at the Museo de Badajoz, Spain, in 2004. In spring 2011, the Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno in Las Palmas, Canary Islands, mounted a retrospective exhibition of Bedia’s installations.

Bedia’s work is in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Guggenheim Museum; and the Miami Art Museum, among others.

Miami Art Museum

101 W. Flagler St, Miami



Miami Artists Friends With You and Freegums Leaving for L.A

friend with youmiami artistMiami Artist Exodus: Last time I’ll be posting about this

A few months ago we reported and then confirmed that one of Miami’s top-notch artist Jen Stark was leaving Miami for L.A. We also listed some of the other artists that have left our city of Miami.(Bert Rodriguez, Daniel Arsham, Hernan Bas, Kiki Valdes, and others) Well now it has been confirmed that another two of our city’s best are leaving for LaLa Land. First, Miami artist and rumored boyfriend of Jen Stark, Alvaro Ilizarbe aka Freegums will be following Jen to the bigger market of Los Angeles. Friends with You will also be heading out west. So it seems, there will a Miami Artist colony over in L.A.

The rumors have been going around of  Freegums and Friend With You making the move, but today it was confirmed on an article in The Cultist. Much is being debated about whether Miami as a city is far from or at the same level as L.A in terms of importance and cultural significance. However, one can argue statistics and analogies all we want, but at the end of the day actions speak louder than words. The actions of the artists can not be ignored.

source: New Times


Robert Babylon Opening of Neon Lights Underwear @ WEAM 5/22/12

 The World Erotic Art Museums Features Neon Lights Underwear

Robert Babylon Neon Lights Opening Reception
May 22, 7-10pm
World Erotic Art Museum
1205 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Adults …$15.00
Seniors over 60 (with I.D.) …$14.00
Students (with I.D.)…$13.50
(Tax included in all prices)
(Under 18 years old not admitted into museum)
Lobby / Museum shop free entry.



Beautiful Images Made from the Nude Body

parrots made with the human body

Cecilia Webber’s Art: Inspiration from Elsewhere:

Cecilia Webber is a New Hampshire born artist now based in SoCal. She uses digital photography to capture the nude body in  graceful poses. She then colors them and composes them to form images of ranging from birds, flowers, and butterflies.


via: SeedByte

iPhone Finger Drawings by Roberto Lautert

Robert Lautert vs Bryan D.

For all you fans of the game “Draw Something” take a look a the portraits by artist Roberto Lautert. Roberto takes finger drawing to a new level with his series of portraits “painting” with the stroke of his fingers on his iPhone. He uses the app called Finger Draw which was released in 2009, three years before Draw Something’s overnight multimillion dollar success. Take a closer look at the detail in the eyes and nose of the portraits. It is hard to believe he renders on such a tiny scale. Compare his skills with Bryan D. sensational Draw Somethings which we published a few weeks back. Who you think is the better? If it is based on humor then Bryan wins hands down. But we are talking finger drawing skills folks.

via: CoolHunting


Tony Mendoza

Reminder! Cuba Nostalgia exposition starts today and runs until Monday. Tickets are $12 for Adults. Click on link for more info.



photo realism painting with oreos and spiderman


New gallery at BRAD opens with the unique photorealistic paintings of Doug Bloodworth

This saturday a new gallery will join the neighborhood at the Bird Road Art District and its inagural show is engaging. Take a look at some of these amazing photorealistic art works by artist Doug Bloodworth. Blood worth works in oils. His repeated use of comic books in his art make his photorealistic still lifes unique from any other. Also his subtle touch of humor with in the image adds to the charm. Notice the subtle interactions the comic book heroes have with the surroundings. Like The Hulk grabbing a Cheetos or Spiderman slinging the Oreo in perspective. Check his work out this Saturday at the Bird Road Art Walk at the AVE 74 art gallery. (7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Saturday, May 19 in conjunction with the Bird Road Art Walk)

Ave 74

4432 SW 74 Ave,

Miami, FL 33155.

For more info contact 305.666.3355.


art about colombia

Kiki Valdes "Colombia" 48x47

Miami native Kiki Valdes known for his expressionistic and unapologetically Picasso inspired paintings is joining team Margulies. Michael Margulies Artist Agency specializes in contemporary and urban art. Some of their top artists include Krave (Daniel Fila)  winner in this years Arttopia, Dominican-american urban artist Ruben Ubiera, and also represents the art of iconic Miami Artist Manuel Carbonell , whose neo-classical sculptures are seen all around our city, including on this websites header. The addition will guarantee more works of Kiki Valdes to be on view in Miami which comes as great to news to many.

[artist bio] Kiki Valdes (born April 3rd 1981 in Miami, FL.) is a Cuban American expressionist painter, based in New York. Valdes’ work explores the multidimensional complexities of people, religion, American-life, sex, and superstition. His canvases tend to overlap on top of various unresolved paintings and capture a sense of association, rhythm and conflict. Kiki often refers to his paintings as studies; instead of art history’s draw toward the female or still-life, Valdes explores the use of 1990’s cartoons with expressionistic tendencies. His appropriation of Disney/Nickelodeon characters is a starting point for him to redefine his understanding of the subject. The work can best be described as a marriage between abstract expressionism, cartoons and Caribbean folklore.

Margulies Artist Agency Artist Roster

Manuel Carbonell

Surface Merchants

Alex Yanes

Daniel Fila

Kiki Valdes

Ruben Ubiera



Instagram Polaroid Camera BY ADR Studios



Instagram Camera

ADR Studios  is looking for funding to “kickstart” their concept for an Apple inspired/Polaroids capable Instagram camera. Pretty cool! It has the sleek look of an iPhone 4s with a modeled facade of the Instagram icon. Go to their site for ideas of how this can come in handy .

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Mother’s Day Quote from Theodore M. Hesburgh

divorced mother's day quoteHappy Mother’s Day

This is one of my favorite quotes of all time. I think it is so simplistic and when applied, many things will just fall into place. If you ever wondered, like me, what true love is? The answer can be found in the unconditional love of a mother. Therefore, to care and love the mother of your children is to maintain their well-being for many years to come. And this still applies if she is your ex. Sometimes it takes art to help look at life from a broader perspective. Happy Mother’s Day to all the beautiful mothers. Hope you enjoy the combination of Mary Cassatt’s painting “The Bath” and the words of wisdom from Theodore M. Hesburgh.

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