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Latino Artists Killing It At This Year’s Art Basel In Miami

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.

Pedro&Juana

If in LA go see these floaters at the #hammer #pedroyjuana

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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.

Design/Miami Art Fair, Nov 30-Dec 4

Sangree

Hoy inauguramos Piedra Temporal en @saladeartepublicosiqueiros ??

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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. ?

Red Bull Academy Presents 12 Hours of NAAFI, Dec. 1, 21+

Narciso Rodriguez


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.

Frost Art Museum, Oct. 16- Jan. 8, 2017

José Parlá

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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!

YoungArts Foundation, Nov. 29- Dec. 15

Alex Yanes

Fountain of youth ??

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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.

Juxtapoz Clubhouse, Dec. 1-Dec. 4

Dasic Fernandez


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.

Wynwood Walls, Nov. 30-Dec 1

Paulo Nazareth


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.

RFC Museum, Nov. 30

Aaron De La Cruz


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.

MM6 Pop-up, Nov. 29, RSVP only

Brujas and Venus X


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.

Lot 22 Skate Park, RSVP, Dec. 3

Diana Garcia

Bison’s medicine includes manifestation, protection, earth creativity, feminine courage, abundance, knowledge, generosity, hospitality, sharing work, courage, strength, challenge, survival, giving for the greater good, formulating beneficial plans. That´s the medicine our brothers and sisters from the Sioux tribe are carrying defending OUR water. Thank you, thank you, thank you??✨?? Grateful for their example of protest. It´s how we all should deal with the multiple challenges we´re experiencing around the world these days. Speaking out loud with love, in peace, from our hearts. Mother will guide us if we listen, she wants us to be present and aware of how we react, letting our emotions on a side, but standing strong. It´s time to change things inside us, so they can be manifested like a healing twirling Rainbow all around. We are the Rainbow Warriors. It´s our time✨ I’ll be donating the $ from these prints, so get yours and support the cause. For details, email me at: info@bewhatyoudream.com #defendthesacred #standingrock #nodapl #waterislife #ichoosemagic #bewhatyoudream

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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.

Freehand Miami, Dec. 1


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Plan on going to Art Basel this year? Which artists/parties do you have your eye on?

‘Side Hustle’ Episode 2: Nude Modeling And Friend Rentals

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‘Side Hustle’ Episode 2: Nude Modeling And Friend Rentals

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Side hustles aren’t just limited to freelance writing gigs. There is a vast world of side hustles that can make people a lot of money. Some of them involve art, modeling, and unusual rentals that people would need. That is what the second episode of mitú original series “Side Hustle” is all about.

“That’s not art. That’s you being nude.”

Dorian Wood and Tatyana are young Latinos trying to make it in this wild world in which we live. While some people rely on a regular 9-5 job to make everything work, these two people found a way to take something they like to do and make it profitable.

Wood is using his body to make money and a name for himself with a global audience. His art is something that some people just don’t understand but he is beloved in the art world for his performance art. His nude body is the subject of his work and he has been featured in art shows around the world.

Tatyana is a college student working her way through college like so many others. However, she is taking a different route to pay for her college courses instead of working a retail job. What she has to offer is friendship and it’s paying off.

Wood might be celebrated for his art but his mom has some thoughts.

“I did a show in Madrid and this artist comes up to me after the show and offers to do a mural of me so I just said, ‘Okay. What have I got to lose?’ A few months later he sends me this video of him putting the finishing touches on a four-story mural in Segovia in Spain of me completely naked and my jaw just dropped,” Wood tells co-host David Alvarez. “‘El Gordo’ is what they called the mural. It somehow just triggered something in me. I was like, ‘Oh. Okay. What if I tried art modeling?'”

Wood admits that his friends and family are a little confused by his work. He adds: “They think I’m insane. My mother sees me posing nude and doing nude performance art and she’ll tell me in Spanish like, ‘You know. That’s not art. That’s you being nude.'”

Tatyana loves to make friends and now that makes her some money.

“This is just a way for me to pay for classes,” Tatyana explains to co-host Sahsa Merci. “There was a list of 100 things you could do to make side money and I checked a bunch of them out. The Rent-A-Friend seemed like something I could be good at. So, I started it and I really liked how it was.”

Tatyana says that “it was definitely a little too delicate to talk about at first.” She added. “They know that I enjoy making new friends so for me to get some benefit out of it, also financial help for my school, they were happy about that.”

READ: Cuddling And Wrestling Are Just Two Ways To Make Money On The Side

An Artist Is Sharing Images Of Frontline Workers Reimagined As Aztec Figures And It’s Pretty Powerful

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An Artist Is Sharing Images Of Frontline Workers Reimagined As Aztec Figures And It’s Pretty Powerful

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Jorge Garza has stunned us again.

The Instagram artist first captured our attention with his comic books and horror-related pieces a few years ago and some renderings of some of our favorite celebs in the style of Aztec art. Typically Garza’s Instagram posts highlight pop icons and superheroes but his posts as of late have gone beyond the likes of caped idols and gone for straight-up modern-day heroes: frontline workers.

That’s right, Garza’s latest post highlights essential workers.

Garza’s Aztec posts about frontline workers highlight just about everyone who is being forced to continue to operate in the grave conditions that have come with the current Coronavirus pandemic.

Like this special depiction of a respiratory therapist.

And this post featuring a postal service worker.

If you didn’t already know, US Postal Service workers are risking their lives every day to ship us mail. As of April 1200 cases of coronavirus were reported in the system. 

Just look at this frontline grocery store worker.

Apparently you can pick this piece up at Garza’s store as a sticker or art print.

And this stunning piece dedicated to frontline cook workers.

Foodservice providers have been deemed essential workers as well and are showing up every day to work, despite the risks, to feed us.

We just adore this amazing piece about the other heroes feeding America.

Here’s hoping that the grocery store workers reporting to duty receive paid vacation off (at the least) when this is all done. Fortunately, it appears Garza’s latest Aztec pieces are an ongoing work in progress. So stay tuned for more of his work!