Sometimes Art Basel can be overshadowed by the beautiful people and ?parties?, but if you want to take a little break from the sun, tequila and guest lists, here are some Latino artists you can catch at this year’s Art Basel – so you know, you can actually say you saw some art.
Mexico City based design firm Pedro&Juana, founded by Ana Paula Ruiz Galindo and Mecky Reuss, are presenting “Sobremesa,” an interactive installation inspired by the Latino tradition of lingering and talking with friends and family at the dinner table, post-meal. As a collaboration with Airbnb, the installation will consist of a transparent house structure with a courtyard, which will transform as the week goes on, to symbolize how homes and people change when they are shared.
Sangree is a collective of Mexican artists, Rene Godinez Pozas and Carlos Lara. They recently debuted their Unclassified Site Museum installation in downtown Denver, so there’s a good chance that whatever work they have planned during the 12 Hours of NAAFI party during Basel is going to be rad. ?
The Narciso Rodriguez: An Exercise in Minimalism exhibit at Frost Art Museum is the perfect stop for those fashion lovers out there who want to bask in the work of one of the most influential Latino fashion designers in history. The exhibit is co-curated by Elle Magazine’s Creative Director, Alex Gonzalez, and features over 40 garments and purses that will make you drool. Bring mami or take your boo to drop some hints for Christmas gift ideas.
Miami-bred-Brooklyn-residing Cuban artist José Parlá is coming back to his hometown for a special exhibit with YoungArts titled, Roots. The artist, whose work is featured at landmarks like One World Trade Center, writes of his inspiration for Roots, “No matter where we come from, in this country as in many other melting pots around the globe, throughout our shared histories, migrations, and immigration, mixed race roots contribute to the fiber of the beauty that is humanity.” Free admission and free to the public!
Miami-based artist Alex Yanes is known for his vibrant, whimsical mixed-media pieces, and you’ll have plenty of chances to check out some of his newest work. He’ll have his work at the Thinkspace booth at Scope Art Fair and will reveal a massive mural installation as part of Juxtapoz Magazine’s Art Basel takeover in Wynwood.
Wynwood Walls are a Miami art institution and are always holding it down for local artists, above all. Dasic Fernandez will be one of the artists unveiled during the new collection of murals on Nov. 29. He credits street graffiti and South American culture as his biggest influences.
Paulo Nazareth is one of 12 Brazilian artists who will be showcased at the Rubbell Family Collection’s exhibit, New Shamans/Novos Xamãs. Nazareth’s work is known for its commentary on race and class struggle in his native Brazil and South America as a whole.
Aaron de la Cruz’s signature minimal, yet intricate, work will be on display during a special pop-up shop with iconic fashion brand, Maison Margiela. He will be painting a live installation during the event.
While not technically art, badass Bronx all-female skate crew Brujas is partnering with Future Archives and Skate Free for a sweet party at Lot 22 Skate Park during Art Basel. The Brujas will be leading the skate session and NYC DJ Venus X will be providing the sounds, so this could be a really good spot to hang out and chill with some good people before your next party.
Diana Garcia is a Mexican artist and actress currently living in Los Angeles. For Art Basel, the trendy hotel Freehand Miami will be hosting a night of Mexican art, at which she will unveil her newest mural. To keep on theme, there will be a pop-up taco truck and Don Julio tequila flowing. This sounds like a perfect night.