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This Miami Artist Is Using His Skills For Both Muralism And Art Education In Latin America

Fine artist, animator and fashion designer Marlon Preuss, a.k.a. Marlon Pruz, is leaving his mark (or brushstroke) on his hometown of Miami and abroad in Latin America. The 24-year-old artist has learned how to fuse his multiple art styles and interests into life-sized artwork for music studios, clubs and schools. He is also taking his murals to schools and impoverished neighborhoods in Latin America to inspire art education.

Meet muralist Marlon Preuss.

Fell in love with my chrome plated woman.

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He is a muralist whose art has crossed borders throughout the U.S. and Latin America.

“Every stage of my life has played a puzzle piece to form who I am as an artist. Every part of my life is an influence,” Preuss said.

Raised in Miami by an Argentine mother and a Spanish father, Preuss says he finds his inspiration from skateboarding to neo-classical art lending to his unique style.

After graduating from high school, Preuss lived in New York for three years while studying art at the School of Visual Arts.

He returned to South Florida after requesting a medical leave from school in order to undergo surgery. Throughout his surgery, Preuss says he continued to work in art, making connections that eventually landed him in front of some of the biggest names in entertainment and hospitality in the city.

The first stroke of luck for the young artist came when the Basement nightclub inside the the Miami Beach Edition Hotel asked him to paint a mural from wall-to-wall.

Before long, he was painting a mural for Magnus Talent Agency, co-founded by Marc Anthony.

The man. New deal alert

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And the mural blended the talent agency along with some of Miami’s entertainment history.

His art can caught the attention of businesses in Latin America wanting a piece of his colorful murals.

Some last close ups of my new piece “Favela Christ” 2018. Mixed media. 4ft x 4ft I’ve always been fascinated with favelas and the unregulated ingenuity and creativity that goes in to the creation and maintenance of these societies. Almost everything in these vast and unique towns is make shift and constructed by the people who reside in them. This inspired me to make a piece depicting the favelas in which every building was painted with a different material. I placed the famous Christ the Redeemer landmark in the middle, because these diverse, colorful, seemingly impossible Favelas get swept under the rug when it comes to government funding and public attention. Check my last post to see the entire time lapse process. #favela #brazil #christ #mixedmedia #artistsoninstagram #art #gallery #timelapse #illustration #contemporaryart #surrealism #popsurrealism #hifructosemag #juxtapozmagazine #painting #paintingoftheday #rio #christtheredeemer #jesus #fineart #originalart #artfido #artshow #modernart #mixedmediaart #artcollector #artreception #artfair #beautiful #artlovers

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Preuss is getting ready to go to Brazil to lend his talents to a hotel looking for murals capturing the vibrance of the favelas. As Preuss mentions in his Instagram caption, he has long been inspired by the favelas and the people who live in them. The creativity and ingenuity of the people is something he admires.

Preuss already has experience bringing the joy of art to impoverished communities in Latin America.

He has traveled through Latin America. Recently, he traveled with his mother, a yoga instructor, back to Argentina. While there, he volunteered his time to paint murals with children at schools.

One of his goals is to continue pursuing his art and using the profits for global art education.

“I want to be able to make money to go to these places to make art with the locals,” Preuss says. “I want to have the world be my child.”


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A Florida Doctor Is Being Charged with a Hate Crime After Assaulting a Latino Man at a Supermarket

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A Florida Doctor Is Being Charged with a Hate Crime After Assaulting a Latino Man at a Supermarket

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It’s an unfortunate reality that Latinos face immense amounts of racism in America. Case in point: a Florida doctor is facing hate crime charges after assaulting a Latino man at a supermarket.

According to police, a 58-year-old woman followed a Latino man out to the parking lot, keyed his car, smashed his phone, and punched him–all the while hurling racially-charged insults at him.

The altercation happened on Jan. 20th at a Publix supermarket in Hialeah, Florida–a town with a large Latino population. It all started when the victim, an unnamed Latino man, asked Dr. Jennifer Susan Wright to maintain social distancing in Spanish. After she ignored him, the man repeated the question in English.

It was at this point that Dr. Wright, who is an anesthesiologist at Mount Sinai Medical Center, became incensed and began muttering curse words under her breath. After the man left the grocery store, Dr. Wright followed him out to the parking lot.

She began to verbally berate him, calling him a “spic” and telling him “we should have gotten rid of you when we could.”

According to the police report, she also said: “This is not going to be Biden’s America, this is my America.” The woman then took her keys out an began to “stab the victim’s vehicle with her keys” while telling him to “go back to his country”.

The man took out his phone to call 911 and the woman allegedly punched him, causing him to drop his phone. When he bent over to pick his phone up, she allegedly kicked him and tried to stomp on his phone.

The woman fled before the police came, but she was arrested on Feb 12th at her home in Miami Springs.

The woman was initially charged with tampering with a victim, criminal mischief and battery with prejudice. The “hate crime” charge was later added, elevating the crime to a felony.

According to reports, Wright posted her $1000 bail and is now awaiting trial. Mount Sinai Medical Center released a statement saying that Dr. Wright is “no longer responsible for patient care” after assaulting a Latino man.

According to the Miami Herald, neighbors know Dr. Jennifer Wright as an ardent Trump supporter. Her social media pages are riddled with far-right, Pro-Trump memes and photos of her posing in a MAGA hat. She even uploaded a post that read: “It’s Okay To Be White.”

We can all agree that it’s “okay” to be white. It’s okay to be any race. We cannot, however, all agree that it’s okay to be a violent, racist bigot. We hope the victim has recovered and we hope Jennifer Wright will face justice.

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The Miami Herald Apologizes For Including Racist, Anti-Semitic Insert In Newspaper

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The Miami Herald Apologizes For Including Racist, Anti-Semitic Insert In Newspaper

Readers of the Miami Herald and the El Nuevo Herald noticed a racist and anti-Semitic insert in one of the latest editions. The column in the insert compared BLM activists to Nazis while talking down about the Jewish community.

The Miami Herald recently published a racist and anti-Semitic insert.

The offensive piece, written by Cuban exile Roberto Luque Escalona, received harsh and immediate backlash. Escalona expresses his displeasure for the Jewish community and those seeking racial justice by joining BLM with one column.

“What kind of people are these Jews” writes Escalona. He then continues to “teach” Jewish people the history of the Holocaust and claims that BLM supporters are worse than the Nazis during Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, because the Nazis simply destroyed things and didn’t steal.

The newspaper has apologized for the insert going so far as to admit that it was not properly vetted and that “internal failures” were at play.

According to an open letter, higher ups at the Miami Herald admit to the insert not being read and vetted by the staff. The obvious overlook led to a 40-page insert of right-wing propaganda to be distributed to the readers of both the Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald. Since the publication, the Miami Herald claims to have ended their relationship with Libre, the insert with the racist and anti-Semitic content.

Those responsible at the Miami Herald admitted to not reading the insert before it was distributed.

“We are deeply sorry that inflammatory, racist and anti-Semitic commentary reached our el Nuevo Herald subscribers through LIBRE, a Spanish-language publication that paid our company to have the product printed and inserted into our print edition as a weekly supplement,” reads part of an open letter to readers. “The fact that no one in leadership, beginning with us, had previously read this advertising insert until this issue was surfaced by a reader is distressing. It is one of a series of internal failures that we are investigating in order to prevent this from ever recurring.”

Readers are outraged that the newspaper would allow such offensive things to be published and distributed.

The right-wing conspiracies pushed by Libre are part of a larger Spanish-language disinformation campaign targeting Cubans in southern Florida. The community has been inundated with disinformation ahead of the 2020 election preying on the fears and ignorance within the staunchly conservative Cuban community.

“It’s difficult to measure the effect exactly, but the polling sort of shows it and in focus groups it shows up, with people deeply questioning the Democrats, and referring to the ‘deep state’ in particular — that there’s a real conspiracy against the president from the inside,” Eduardo Gamarra, a pollster and director of the Latino Public Opinion Forum at Florida International University, told Politico. “There’s a strain in our political culture that’s accustomed to conspiracy theories, a culture that’s accustomed to coup d’etats.”

The disinformation is targeting Cubans because of the growing Latino communities who tend to vote Democratic.

According to Politico, the campaign is Cuban specific. The Puerto Rican, Nicaraguan, Colombian, Venezuelan, and Dominican communities in Florida, which continue to grow, typically vote Democratic. These shifting demographics have left Republicans doing anything it takes to keep a strong hold of the Cuban community, even by means of racism, anti-Semitism, and disinformation.

READ: Politicians Need To Stop Assuming That The Latino Vote Is A Monolith Because It Is Not The Truth

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