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Miami Contemporary Artists That We Love

Miami's art scene is rich with culture, talent, and creativity. We adore and support our local artists; here are a few local artists showcasing their masterful craft that we love.

Antonia Wright is a Cuban-American artist born in Miami, Florida. Wright received her MFA in Poetry from The New School in New York City in 2005 as well as at the International Center of Photography for photo and video in 2008. She has exhibited in the U.S. and abroad and has been awarded artist’s residencies both nationally and internationally.

Images courtesy of Antonia Wright

Cuban artist, Rafael is an astonishing artist who is praised for his work that creates a fusion between art and architecture. Whether it be tape and paper creations or complete wood installations, he adds value to whatever he draws upfront and creates magic out of the blue whichever way he puts his hands into.

Images courtesy of Rafael Domenech

Eddie Arroyo is a painter that has been featured in several exhibitions at key galleries and museums, including the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Spinello Projects. Eddie has been crafting his artworks flawlessly and has appeared in the articles for the Art Asia Pacific, the Art in America and the Art-agenda. One of his notable art pieces depicts "decay and construction" of people and places in a creative manner. His work beautifully portrays society's follies and its benedictions through his art-form.

Website: Eddie Arroyo

Images courtesy of Eddie Arroyo

Marina Font  was born in  Argentina in 1970. She studied design at the Martin Malharro School of Visual Arts, Mar del Plata, Argentina.  In 1998 she travel to France to study Photography at the Speos Ecole de la Photographie, Paris. She earned a MFA in Photography from Barry University, Miami in 2009. Since then she has exhibited extensively at galleries, museums and cultural institution in the US and abroad. Her work is present in various public collections such as the MDC Museum of Art+Design, Miami,  the Boca Raton Museum of Art, the Frost Art Museum at FIU, the LOWE Art Museum at The University of Miami,  FoLA, Fototeca Latinoamericana, Buenos Aires, Argentina, The Bunnen collection in Atlanta , the Girls' Club collection in Fort Lauderdale and various private collections throughout the world. Her photo-based work explores ideas about identity, gender, territory, language, memory and the forces of the unconscious.

Website: Marina Font

Images courtesy of Marina Font

Cara Despain is an artist working in film and video, sculpture, photography and installation addressing issues of land use, the desert, climate change, visualizing the Anthropocene, land ownership and the problematics of frontierism. She was born in Salt Lake City, Utah (1983) and currently lives in Miami, Florida and works between the two. She holds a BFA from the University of Utah (2006). In 2012, she was selected for the Salt Lake City Mayor's Award in the visual arts, and in 2016 she was selected for the South Florida Consortium Fellowship. Her work is included in Rubell Family Collection, as well as the State of Utah and Salt Lake County art collections.

A short documentary about her and her work aired on Art Loft, WPBT and PBS and screened at the Miami International Film Festival in 2016. She was recently selected for a 2018 Ellie's Award through the Art Center South Florida to produce her own first feature film and video installation hybrid Earthbound Objects, and this year will be completing a public art commission for the Underline with Miami-Dade County Art in Public Places.

Website: Cara Despain

Images courtesy of Cara Despain

Words By Sumbal Kuraishi. Images courtesy of each featured artist.


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