Miami Beach Botanical Garden Presents Artist Aurelio Márquez
Miami Beach Botanical Garden is pleased to announce the opening of Hortus Conclusus featuring the art of Aurelio Márquez. The exhibition opens with a reception on Thursday, December 9from 6pm-8pm, and will be available for viewing in the Butterfly Gallery through January 30, 2022.
Aurelio Márquez, born in Camagüey, Cuba, is a painter who lives and works in Miami Beach, Florida. A life-long artist, Márquez began studying drawing in his early teens. In the 1980s he moved from Cuba to Canada, and in 1990 earned a Bachelor of Art from the Graphic Design Program at George Brown College in Toronto. As a designer, he received First Prize and Honorable Mention at the Cuban National Exhibition of Graphic Advertising, in Santiago de Cuba and First Prize at the First Graphic Design Triennial, in Havana, Cuba –but he never lost his love of fine art. In 2006 he relocated to Miami Beach where he now focuses on painting but his design background is evident in the purpose and precision of his balanced compositions.
As an artist, Márquez works in charcoal and acrylics on canvas. His paintings are large format diptychs and triptychs created by his process. Working on natural canvas results in a soft, flowing effect, while the ease of acrylic allows him to achieve a tactile appeal. His paintings have a note of Romanticism and are inspired by his emotions, memories, and the poems he reads daily. His solo exhibition positions his paintings as a garden inside the garden and points to art making in a time of isolation.
The public is invited to attend the exhibition opening on December 9 –to RSVP please visit www.mbgarden.org/events.
Sponsors of this exhibition include: City of Miami Beach, Miami-Dade County, and State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.
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The Miami Beach Botanical Garden is a 3-acre subtropical garden and event space, featuring a wetland with red mangrove and pond apple trees, an expansive water garden with a cascading oolite fountain, and diverse collections of flowering trees, palms, cycads, orchids, and Florida native species. The mission of the Garden is to promote environmental enjoyment, stewardship and sustainability through education, the arts, and interaction with the natural world. The Garden is a unique, subtropical oasis of beauty and tranquility within an urban setting –a community resource that refreshes, inspires and engages our visitors. The Garden is located at 2000 Convention Center Drive on Miami Beach. For more info please visit www.mbgarden.org.