Hermes Berrio

Painting

Artist Statement:

My work validates the responsibility of visual artist as the historian of our time; it is a recording device of the world today. By absorbing and processing the world around me, ideas come through me and back into the world to confront where and what we are in society.

By keeping myself close to urban inspiration, I have dare to create and not to be afraid to discover. The viewer is conditioned to accept art works as art only if they are created in a traditional manner, to appreciate art works that originate and develop outside of these constraints is quite the opposite. The nature of my project is original and imaginative because it studies contemporary urban elements and situations; it explores the artistic process of creator to viewer. In my current work, I explore themes that conceptually involve aspects of our every day experiences; taking inspiration from the most unusual but common places you could find, always trying to raise awareness to the simplest aspects of life, these sometimes hide the most important and extraordinary things for the human imagination.

Our world occurs on its own terms, it is our responsibility as humans and as artists to know as much about it as we can, to focus and find new ways to interpret the purest aspects of life. Our ways of seeing have been influenced by the biases and expectations of the classical ideas of perfection, but is by challenging the tradition of classical art that much of the modern art will draw its power.

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Stephanie Hadad

Mixed Media

Artist Statement:

Stephanie’s work continues to evolve by exploring her stance within Jewish culture. Hadad’s works represent and touch upon the physical toll incurred by a woman that has taken on the role of a traditional domestic housewife. It's the duty of creating and keeping ancient traditions alive, not by force, but because of the desire to vitalize their customs for generations to come.

Hadad’s childhood was based around being constantly conditioned in preparation for her turn as the housewife. That intense rooted process causes the works she produces to appear in the sub-conscious, her dreams. Through her responsibilities as a daughter, she witnessed firsthand through her mother, the burden to persevere, but in the end, also revel a joy. With transformation of these perpetual traditions, Stephanie acknowledges and plays with the conscious ideas her position holds within this role and is continuously being redefined by her experiences. 

Through studies, research and exploration of her individuality and culture, Hadad has taken a political and yet poetic approach to voice her works through a diverse and often unconventional range of media, including installation, sculpture, video, photography and works on paper. Each piece corresponds with the other, creating a narrative for women, who especially now, are starting to get the recognition they deserve.

Artist Links:

Website: www.stephaniehadad@live.com

Instagram: @etishh

Sri Prabha

Multidisciplinary

Artist Statement:

I synthesize the possibilities across ecology, geology, and science in general. I travel the world to conduct research  connecting geological identities, man’s drive for scientific exploration, and humanities connection to The Universe. 

Where are we going and how will we get there? Conscious and subconscious connections are visualized and expressed  through art as a conduit to the interconnected cosmos.

Bio:

Sri Prabha, recipient of the 2016 South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship, is a multidisciplinary artist originally from Hyderabad, India. His artistic training includes Cornish College of the Arts and a Masters in Clinical Psychology. He integrates into his aesthetic process, tenants of geography, nature, time, human origins, and the cosmos. His works manifest across a range of mediums that include installations, video, light art, sculptural paintings, and sound. Recent works include permanent public art for the Governmental Center in Fort Lauderdale, and a video art commission for Seattle’s E4C. For 2019, he is showing at Orlando Museum of Art’s Florida Prize in Contemporary Art.

Artist Links:

Website: www.sriprabha.com

Instagram: @sriprabha

Doris Kloster

Painting & Mixed Media

Artist Statement

My current works seek to make contact with a subterranean human network of memory outside of time. I am channeling the collective memory which connects all human experience on some level. Referencing feelings that are traces of a historical past, the works reflect my research in pursuit of that revelation.

My artistic practice includes painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture. In the paintings I evoke primordial symbols from a world of myth, and transformation, of alchemy and power. The figures represent a feminine god. She is fluid, borderless, representing all eternity. In the divine world of the goddess, she plays a role that is quintessentially female. Her story represents both the totality and also the fragment of the universal that is the personal.

Artist Bio

Doris Kloster earned a B.A. in Art History, from Boston University, an M.A. in Fine Arts from New York University and is currently a PhD candidate at the European Graduate School, Switzerland.

Her artworks have been exhibited and collected internationally. Exhibitions include 99 Degree Art Center, Taipei; Beijing Museum of Contemporary Art; Galerie Sator, Paris; Huan Tie Times Art Museum and Zero Field Projects Gallery, Beijing; Seokjang-Ri Art Museum, South Korea; Red Army Museum, Moscow; and the Neue Galerie, Graz, Austria. Four books of Kloster’s photographs have been published. 

Kloster developed and mounted a series of exhibitions focusing on women artists entitled She Views Herself, which featured an international roster of artists over five editions exhibited at multiple venues in Paris.

Her works were included in the landmark feminist exhibition,Coming to Power: 25 Years of Sexually X-Plicit Art by Women, that was first exhibited at David Zwirner Gallery in New York City in 1993 and remounted at Maccarone, New York in 2016.

Artist Links:

Website: http://www.doriskloster.com/

Instagram: @doriskloster

Eduardo da Rosa

Painting

Artist Statement

I presume my work not to be only a product of the intellect but also an imaginative expression of symbols. By concentrating on the human form as the ideal object-symbol, I try to bring my work to a human pathos and to make it an activity of consequence rather than mere objects of decoration.

I paint series, which gives me the objective of concentrating on a subject that can be developed, researched and keeps me focused and interested in the subject of choice. I find working on a series exhilarating. My preferred medium is acrylic. For me, this medium gives me the necessary flexibility to use color to create composition, movement and elicit emotions.

In 2015, I began the Americana series, a subject that has been in my subconscious since my teenage years. I was influenced by movies and I was in love with everything American especially literature, philosophy and history, since America’s Independence to today. There has been a kind of mysticism that enables me to express my feelings for this country. America is a very complex society and I must say that I only understood it through the study of pragmatism, a true American philosophy. The Americana series is my way to thank the USA for granting me entrance into this country as an artist of merit and for the opportunity to work and express freely. This is my homage to the United States of America.

Bibiana Martinez

Mixed Media

Artist Statement

From a young age she was drawn to the idea of constructing figures with different elements collected in time, and bringing them together through painting. Aesthetics which jump between iconography and conceptualism, give rise to artwork that is built from mixed materials and techniques. The recollection of miniatures, metals, garbage, jewels, rhinestones and an endless number of elements in apparent disuse, started to get involved with her drawings in the assembly of dynamic pieces of art, thus leading to a sensation of wavelength that create subatomic movement on the pieces. Some built on canvas and some 3D scenarios.

Her artwork is a constant expression of an inspirational process that overcomes any philosophical resources. The iconographic subjects in the pieces of the series “Entrega de Armas” -Arms Hand Out-, pose as a deliberate recontextualisation that is far from humanizing the weapons, but proposes to transpose the signifiers subscribed in the social imaginary. Pieces that release historical arguments of war and violence constantly present in her native Colombia. Her artistic practice is meticulously conceived in a process of preciousness and configuration. In the series “scenarios” the artist stages situations in small format boxes. Shaped and scenically acquiesced, the characters and elements meddle in dreamy scenes related to human behavior. Built by assembling miniature objects and props that evolve to a particular atmosphere and an intuitive sentiment. “Experimenting everyday the unexpected effects in staging these situations and giving new meaning to things is an important part in defining me as an artist. My life is deciphering my plastic language. Painting is my passion”

Bio:

Born in Barranquilla, Colombia. Political Science graduate from Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, later specialized in video editing at New York University. Her interest in visual arts grew in the 90s; and attended SCAD, Savannah College of Art and Design, where she ventured in courses in digital art and sculpture, among others. She continued to connect her passion for art with history. Her experimental narrative shows persistent observations of reality. Scenes of war, globalization, and technology’s influence on man, take shape and dynamism through her compositions. These past years have been important for Bibiana. A solo exhibition in Paris, France; and being part of collective art exhibits in Dallas and Miami (USA), at Museo del Chicó in Bogotá, Colombia, and in JUSTMAD at Madrid, Spain. She was selected to exhibit at Florence Biennale in Italy representing Colombia last October 2017. Recently moved to Miami, and currently working at her studio at Fountainhead in Little River, Florida.

Artist Links:

Website: www.bibianamartinez.com

Instagram: @bibianamarart

Michelle Weinberg

Painting & Mixed Media

Artist Statement

Michelle Weinberg is a painter who also creates art for interiors, architecture and public spaces. She received her BFA from School of Visual Arts in NYC and her MFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. She is the recipient of awards and fellowships including a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council grant, a South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship in Visual & Media Art, an Individual Artist Fellowship and Artist Enhancement Grant from the State of Florida, the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, and residencies at MacDowell Colony, Millay Colony, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, homesession and Fundacion Valparaiso in Spain and Altos de Chavon in the Dominican Republic. Recent exhibitions of her work include:  FIU Frost Art Museum, Dot FiftyOne Gallery in Miami, Cyan Gallery in Barcelona, ARENA by Renee Riccardo and the Hewitt Gallery at Marymount Manhattan College in NYC. Commissions and projects include The Art Production Fund, The Wolfsonian Museum-FIU, Facebook offices in Miami, Miami-Dade County Art in Public Places, Cultural Council of Jacksonville, FL, City of Tampa, FL, City of Hollywood, FL. Weinberg is a consultant to museums and non-profits, developing exhibitions, education programming and more. 

Artist Links:

Website: https://michelleweinberg.com

Instagram: @mwpinkblue

Sara Caruso

Painting

Artist Statement

Caruso’s work often depicts male nudes, thereby subjecting the male form to the same degree of objectivity and fetishisation that the female form has endured throughout history. Caruso believes that the nude male form in art is underrepresented in contemporary dialogue because it is often interpreted as taboo or offensive; or it can be portrayed as homoerotic. As a female artist, she aims to question the ways in which heteronormative values continue to dictate contemporary subject matter. Her aim is to portray the sensual male nude.

Like most figurative artists, Caruso is inspired by sculptures of Antiquity and the Renaissance. However, she does not work from live models. Instead, she finds her references from strangers on the internet, often pornography. She is merging historical painting techniques with the digital age.

Bio:

Sara Caruso is a figurative artist based in Miami, FL. She graduated with a BFA from Florida State University in 2017 with a focus in painting and ceramics.

Artist Links:

Website: https://www.saracaruso.com/

Instagram: @ssaracaruso

Emanuel Ribas

Mixed Media

Artist Statement

(b.1988) Cuban-American


A sense of homelessness and exile have been profoundly impactful forces in my life. Naturally, they are woven deeply into the fabric of my artistic practice. 

I’m a second-generation Cuban-American interdisciplinary artist. I am also queer, though my queerness is less a function of my sexuality than it is a question of exile. Exile from the boundaries of the Normal, the Moral, even the Real. I am brown. I live with physical and learning disabilities. Though vital, none of these things wholly encapsulate me. I am more than the total sum of my categories. But they’re nevertheless significant, even central, to who I am, and subsequently, to my artistic practice. The work I’m engaging in now are visually unconventional works produced through transformative meditative practices driven by the urge to explore my experiences through radical modes of representation that invite viewers to inquire, to experience discomfort themselves, and ultimately to be freed, in whatever measure is possible. Although I do not condone universal and ahistorical narratives of the self, and clearly identify with the various differences that set me and others ‘like me’ apart, as an individual and artist I don’t feel confined to any one group, organizing narrative or aesthetic credo. Instead, I seek to embrace the intricacies and contradictions, the pain and the pleasure, and give it all up, let it exist in the seeing, the listening, and the experience of another. 

Biography

Studied Visual Art at New World School of the Arts where I completed my BFA in Drawing with highest honors in 2017 and was a finalist for the Cintas Fellowship the following year.  My work has been exhibited in Cifo Gallery, Unbound, (2017), NoGuchi Breton Gallery, The Incubator (2015), Exile Books, Zines Queens & Everything In-between (2016), Mindy Solomon Gallery, Make It Nice Again (2017), The Night Club, Inside the Writers Studio (2018), The Fountainhead, Everyday is Summer (2018), and the Lowe Art Museum, Cintas Fellowship Ceremony (2018).

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Rachel Lee

Painting

Artist Statement

Rachel Lee’s work examines coping mechanisms from childhood; her visual references pull from ’90s alternative music, video games, and the Miami suburbs. Growing up, Lee spent more time daydreaming through Nintendo franchises and rock albums than living in real time due to being homeschooled. This habit has stayed with her through adulthood. Landscape paintings depict the suburbs, interrupted by polygons and music video-stills. Lee's paintings are a process of accepting the insolation and dissociation she experienced growing up, while manifesting where she wanted to be. 

Lee lives and works in Miami, FL. Her studio practice focuses on painting, inspired by the DIY work ethic of American punk/alternative rock musicians, the aesthetics of ’90s video game graphics and the memories attached to them. 

Artist Links

website: r-lee.net

Mateo Nava

Mixed Media

Artist Statement

My work explores issues of migration and displacement by picking at the history of decorative art and religious iconography in Mexico. Using mixed media and collage, I re-appropriate visual imagery that references maps, symbols, patterns, and language to create embellished images that indulge in and deconstruct colonial art. I often shy away from canvas stretchers and rectangular edges, instead using fabric patchworks and constructions as alternative painting surfaces. These techniques allow me to use painting as a form of installation, where intricate and layered compositions are not just images, but also places in themselves. 

I often use photographic source material taken from religious iconography, art, and history within my collages. I am interested in how the process of cutting and re-assembling relates to my subject matter. To me, these processes that are fundamental to collage are a way of visually thinking through the dissection, division, and dislocation present in Latinx history and the way that it shapes the conditions we live under today. At the same time, they are also a subversion of that history. Through cutting and reassembling, this iconography is undone and reinterpreted into an eclecticism that resembles the muddled identities we inhabit.

Artist Links

artist website: www.mateonava.com

Vickie Pierre

Multi Media

Artist Statement

My work is informed and inspired by memory, popular culture, surrealism and the decorative and ornamental arts. This inspiration has manifested itself in years of collecting a myriad of materials that suggests a sense of beauty, design and the natural world.

My practice includes various techniques and materials. Often times the materials that I employ are vintage, mass-produced objects (including Avon perfume bottles and Syroco decorative wall art) that serve as muses for my two-dimensional works such as paintings, drawings and collages or as integral elements within my assemblages and installations. With the guidance of these appropriated source materials, my continued focus is on the exploration of self-identity, with references to my Haitian culture and mythology, while concurrently considering feminine tropes and historic and contemporary cultural politics. 

The combination of these re-contextualized objects along with the titles and texts, stemming from song lyrics, constructs a narrative that continues the inner dialogue of identity and socialization. Alternately, the compositions of the assemblages and paper works allude to biological and botanical structures, while maintaining base aesthetic sentiments of femininity, beauty, romanticism and sensuality.

When my work is observed, my hope is that the public will initially be drawn in by the playful whimsy of the "characters" and design elements. However, in engaging further with the work, I would like viewers to contemplate their own experiences with culturally loaded imagery or objects and consider how that may influence their understanding of identity formation and identity politics in the broader culture.

Artist Links

www.vickiepierre.com

 

 

 

Sara Stites

Artist's Statement

Using mostly functional objects from the studio, I have been building precarious, tentative “sculptures” in front of drawings and paintings that contain figurative elements as well as marks and erasures. 

These sculptural objects mimic, in 3 dimension, the hue and form articulated in the drawing. Manipulation of the light source and shadows further a process of refinement and integration, particularly when the result has been photographed as the final “artifact” of the process.

Objects, like a careful drawing, become democratized when considered within my photos where other materials are placed alongside the drawing.

I celebrate the studio through the use of detritus, whatever is at hand, waiting to be repurposed in the photograph.  The imagery becomes a melding of abstraction and representation, always considering gravity, air and light.

Artist's Links

artist's website:   www.sarastites.com

 http://magazine.seymourprojects.com/2015/12/sara-stites-enough-possibility-for-the-unexpected/

SARA STITES sara@sarastites.com  studio: fountainhead, 7339 N. W. Miami Court, Miami, FL(305) 942-9771

Mailing address:  1561 West Avenue, Miami Beach, FL33139

Elaine Defibaugh

Paint and collage

Artist’s Statement

My work is inspired from my experience in landscape.  My main objective is to create a new language from Nature, Art & Science.  The merging of charts from research conducted on the molecular studies of plants onto my photographs serves as an underlying story revealing another element of nature we don’t visually see.  This is mysterious and intriguing to me.  I’m revealing the aesthetic of a secret language, which often is only understood by those in the hard sciences.

I intend on creating a sense of time and space allowing moments of reflection much like Monet’s Water Lilies and Edward Steichen’s Flower series. I am progressing that vision and enthusiasm by merging the organic with science and introducing the visuals found in the science of plants.

I’m interested in wallpaper because of its history and how it relates to class & culture. Often wallpaper in homes are of a botanical nature.  There is something comforting about the imagery because in a sense it transforms one into the natural environment, which adds the element of nostalgia and longing for exterior freedom.  I’ve always been inspired by William Morris’s designs from nature.  His wallpaper is classic and has the organic quality I look for when I select my printing surfaces.

Artist’s Links

artist’s website:    www.elainedefibaugh.com   

Paolo Ambu

Mixed media

Artist’s Statement

Everything can inspire me; emotions, nature, light or shadows. I donʼt pursue inspiration, it just happens, and whenever the inspiration comes, itʼs inevitable. I must paint. Whether Iʼm inspired by my emotions or nature, the common thread in my work is the desire to provoke and seduce the spectator.

Over the years my work has evolved from purely representational art to include more fluid and spontaneous abstractions. Sometimes these contrasting movements merge into one; figurative meets abstraction creating a connection between the two worlds.

In my work, research and discovery are the driving force that shapes each project. As an artist, I don't set out to produce art about one subject or another, sometime the materials themselves become the inspiration for a specific piece or larger body of work. I use an assortment of materials, often found then recycled; therefore the methodology and techniques are slightly different processes in each piece.

Through this experimentation, new areas of inspiration often arise that lead to the next body of work. Over time, by cross-processing my canvases some pieces have morphed into three-dimensional works, bridging traditional painting with sculpture.

Though varied in execution, similarities between the different projects, whether in subject matter, material or technique, it results in the clearly identifiable characteristics that define my work. Each piece need not be defined by the artist, but by the strength of its very existence.

Artist’s Links

artist’s website:   http://paoloambu.wordpress.com