SHELBORNE SOUTH BEACH PARTNERS WITH MUSEUM OF GRAFFITI TO HOST ARTIST GUSTAVO OVIEDO DURING MIAMI ART WEEK 2020
Gustavo Oviedo: Symbiosis will be on display with curated programming including an artist talk, a book signing and video installation
MIAMI BEACH, FL – The Shelborne South Beach is partnering with Wynwood’s Museum of Graffiti to bring the show, Gustavo Oviedo: Symbiosis, to the beachfront hotel during Miami Art Week. Over the past 15 years, Oviedo has developed a highly personal, self-taught style of art that explores the relationship between the bustle of Miami’s vibrant metropolitan streets and the tranquility of the Biscayne Bay. His thought-provoking exhibit will be displayed throughout the common areas of the hotel’s iconic Art Deco lobby, with pieces for sale starting at $1,000. The exhibit is free and open to the public and will run through the end of December.
Over the past 15 years, Oviedo has developed a highly personal, self-taught style of art that explores the relationship between the bustle of Miami’s vibrant metropolitan streets and the tranquility of the Biscayne Bay. His thought-provoking exhibit will be displayed throughout the common areas of the hotel’s iconic Art Deco lobby, with pieces for sale starting at $1,000. The exhibit is free and open to the public and will run through the end of December.
A highlight of the partnership will include an art talk, viewing of a video installation on a big screen in the hotel’s Oasis Garden and book signing on Wednesday, Dec. 2, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Due to current regulations and limited availability, guests are encouraged to reserve tickets for the Dec. 2nd event in advance online on Eventbrite.
Gustavo Oviedo, now 39, was born in Paris but was raised in France, Colombia, Venezuela, and Mexico before finally relocating to Miami. In Miami, painting graffiti was a means to learn the city, connect with other teenagers and was a common language that helped him adapt to a new, foreign culture. With Miami’s art scene booming and adulthood calling, Oviedo broke away from the clandestine world of graffiti and decided to explore a part of Miami that didn’t include abandoned buildings and construction sites—the Biscayne Bay.
Symbiosis includes large paintings of loose sea-like forms, mixed media collages, and visual representations of otherworldliness devoid of human language or graffiti letters. His palette is as colorful as the brightest coral reefs dipped in fluorescent pigments. His ocean discoveries of shipwrecks, corals, and found pieces of pollution give power to his creative output and to a body of work that is rooted in marine life and the impact of the streets of Miami he once painted.
Oviedo’s work conveys the beauty of our waters but screams out that he is not naïve to the recurring problem of mankind’s disrespect for this natural resource. According to Oviedo, “By highlighting the beauty and mystique of South Florida’s waters, this exhibit is an opportunity to use my artwork to call attention to a serious issue—the health and preservation of the Biscayne Bay.”
ABOUT THE MUSEUM OF GRAFFITI
Located in Miami’s Wynwood District, the Museum of Graffiti is a leading contemporary art museum dedicated to sharing the power of expression, sparking wonder, and inspiring creativity for and about the graffiti art movement. At the Museum of Graffiti, visitors can explore the history of graffiti in an experiential setting with interactive exhibitions and unique shows. The Museum seeks to honor and preserve the unique art form and to exhibit important works for permanent viewing. Through changing exhibitions and programs, the Museum aims to introduce visitors to the artists, paintings, photos, sculptures, works on paper, and designs that have captivated youth and adults for over fifty years, as well as the environment in which the global art movement formed. For more info, visit museumofgraffiti.com and follow on Instagram @museumofgraffiti.
ABOUT SHELBORNE SOUTH BEACH
Shelborne South Beach is situated in the heart of South Beach’s Art Deco District. It embodies all that makes South Beach famous including local flavors from its fresh cuisine, live entertainment and a cool tropical beach ambiance. Shelborne South Beach is within walking distance of Miami Beach’s main attractions such as Lincoln Road, Ocean Drive and the Miami Beach Convention Center. The hotel’s bright, retro-inspired rooms offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minibars and organic toiletries. Guests are invited to relax at the iconic oceanfront pool with indoor cabanas and the private beach club that grants them access to white sandy beaches, as well as enjoy the forward-thinking culinary experience at Shelborne Caffe. Additional amenities include The GUYandGIRLSpa, a 24/7 fitness center, a business center, and event and meeting spaces. For more information, visit www.shelborne.com or call (305) 531-1271.
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