Every December, from the 3rd through the 10th, the city of Miami and it’s surrounding neighborhoods showcase contemporary art and celebrate different forms of creative expression. Artists, tourists and creative enthusiasts come to participate in art events, discussion panels and be spectators to watch art created in open environments. Art Basel Week in Miami creates a surge of electricity throughout the city. The type of energy that I have not felt since moving from New York to Orlando Florida. From art collectors, artists, gallery owners and lovers of all things creative, Art Basel Week is a creative sanctum where kindred spirits converge. I’ve always wanted to attend and meet like-minded individuals to connect with, but always made an excuse as to why I couldn’t go.
But in December of 2016, my wife surprised me with the opportunity to make that dream come true. So what makes Miami Art Basel so special for me… Well, I’ve been drawing and painting since I was a kid and art served as therapy for me as a young teenager. Like any other young teenager, I had my issues with self-control, anger management, and depression. In my last two years of high school, I became less interested in listening to academic instruction and more interested in what my art teachers had to say.
My high-school art teachers Mr. Yee and Mrs. Schwen nurtured me spiritually and guided my artistic abilities. They taught me how to let go, embrace life for all its beauty and to understand that in life – nothing is perfect. But the purpose that art serves in my life today has changed. It has become my foundation as a designer and communications professional. Without art being introduced into my life at such a young age, I don’t think I would have possessed the ability to see how art and design have a direct relationship. I would have missed out on the opportunity to make connections between art periods throughout the world, their historical importance and how art impacts culture, fashion and design trends today. But as I got older and adult responsibilities increased, the time spent around art decreased – I disconnected from my passion because…guys life happens.
My wife and I hanging out with our new friends [International Musicians and Producers Cristian Vinci and Cristian Viviano]
Miami Art Basel Week
This trip would mark the first time in 11 years that I had been in an atmosphere engulfed with so many forms of artistic expression. The moment I arrived in Miami I could feel the creative energy that was in the air, in the ground and in bodies of those I interacted with. Being in that atmosphere for one week allowed my spirit to travel back in time and reconnect with a very simple truth: “…happiness is defined by what I do and the mental state I’m experiencing while doing it…” For the first time in 11 years, I was able to see very clearly the joy and contentment I receive from being around creative environments. There were so many events happening throughout the city: Spectrum Miami, RedDot Miami, and ArtSpot Miami, that narrowing down what to participate in became a task in itself. I decided to attend the Spectrum Miami art event and visited the Wynwood section of Miami.
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Spectrum Miami is a juried, five-day, contemporary art show in the heart of Miami’s Arts & Entertainment District, featuring art labs, art talks, artist meet-and-greet sessions, music, entertainment, and other special events. At Spectrum I met international artists David Harouni, Helena-Martinez Pedrosa, Rajvi Dedhia Unadkat, Denise Daye and many others — having conversations about life, inspiration, and their art process.
Known for its many colorful murals, the Wynwood district of Miami is one of the most inspirational places on the east coast for creatives. The surrounding streets have converted warehouses turned into funky art galleries.
About Art Basel Opening in 1967 as a platform to sell contemporary art, the German art fair invited national galleries and attracted buyers across Europe. Art Basel stages the world’s premier Modern and contemporary art fairs annually in Basel (Switzerland), Miami Beach (Florida), and Hong Kong (China). A driving force in supporting the role that galleries play in nurturing the careers of their artists, Art Basel frequently expands its platforms to include the newest developments in the visual arts. Learn more here: https://www.artbasel.com/