Tony Japour Provides a Sneak Preview of arteaméricas 2011
Miami Beach Convention Center
March 25-28, 2011
Taking a page from the highly successful program of Art Basel-Miami Beach Art Fair but with a wholly Latin American sensibility, arteaméricas is expanding its offerings by including Art Talks 2011 by noted experts in the Latin American Art Movement, namely, Dr. Carol Damian, Professor of Art History in the School of Art and Art History and Director of the Patricia and Philip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University and Ricardo Pau-Llosa, widely published poet, collector and authority on Modern Latin American Art. The fair also breaks an ivory tower mentality by fostering ties between the commercial art fair
Mapa Mundis, Biscayne Bay
Mixed media on canvas
60 IN diameter
Lydia Rubio Ferrer
1646 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33139
Lydia Rubio (born in Cuba) was originally trained as an architect and urban designer whose work is inspired by poetry and the written word. She translates these concepts into two and three-dimensional works. As a creator of both residential scale and large public art installations, one of Rubio’s best known installations was at the Miami Seaport, entitled “All Night Long We Heard Birds Passing”, 2002 where the artist incorporated words by Christopher Columbus as he explored the same waters that cruise ships leaving the Port of Miami travel today.
Acrylic and oil on canvas
61 x 47 IN
Chapel Ave # 258, Colonia San Benito
San Salvador, El Salvador
Luis Cornejo (El Salvador) was raised in a dangerous town in El Salvador; as a child, his mother apparently locked him inside their home before going to work for the day whereby the artist entertained himself with comic books and cartoons. Like many artists within the international contemporary scene, his childhood experiences figure prominently in his artistic oeuvre as he appropriates magazine shots of fashion models and layers elements of Walt Disney characters in a tongue and cheek fashion. In Untitled 2, one sees the familiar mouse ears of Mickey Mouse are added to a supermodel striking a pose.
iron, sheet metal, ceramic shoes,
Cristina Chacon Studio Gallery
3162 Commodore Plaza, Suite 1F2
Coconut Grove, FL 33133
Ray Azcuy (Cuban-American) received both his B.A. and M.A. from University of South Florida. His work involves ordinary objects, which he transforms into sculpture and installation. As a visual arts supervisor for Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Azcuy has taught at the secondary and college levels and has been involved in art education at the state and national levels.
From his artist statement, Investigating Freedom: “Familiar icons and materials employed in the fabrication focus attention on issues central in the dialogue; necessity versus commodity; earned freedom versus birth right; choice versus mandate. . . .Issues of democracy and human rights are coupled here with the visual language of popular culture, commercial and domestic objects.”