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

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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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The Statue Of Liberty Gets Arrested By ICE In A New Las Vegas Mural That Speaks To Our Inhumane Immigration Policies

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The Statue Of Liberty Gets Arrested By ICE In A New Las Vegas Mural That Speaks To Our Inhumane Immigration Policies

A mural showing the Statue of Liberty being handcuffed by immigration enforcement officers has been unveiled in Las Vegas, amid rancour and anger over Donald Trump’sharsh immigration policies.

The mural, titled “Chained Migration,” was unveiled late last month in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Mural by Izaac Zevalking / Photo by Jesse Hudson

Since then, it has caused a lot of dialogue between those who support it and those who don’t. 

The mural is a 20×50 art installation that depicts the Statue of Liberty handcuffed and bet over the hood of an ICE patrol car. It was created by Izaac Zevalking, also known as Recycled Propaganda, a political artist that aims to create art influenced by history and current events. Zevalking himself is an immigrant from the UK. Zevalking is using the Statue of Liberty, who is considered a beacon of hope for immigrants, to demonstrate how the harmful rhetoric used against them is harming the American Dream.

In an interview with KTNV Las Vegas, Zevalking explains that the goal of the mural is to create a conversation about immigration in the United States. “I want people just to think about the issue. Wherever that thought leaves you. Wherever that conversation with someone else leaves you. I think it needs to be discussed more in human terms.”

Although some came to the internet to praise Zevalking for his mural, others were quick to disagree with his artwork. 

This Twitter user used the infamous MS13 gang as her reasoning for this mural being shameful. Her comment imitates the language that Trump uses in his statements referring to those who migrate into the United States. She plays into the stereotype that all people who are immigrating to the U.S are dangerous gang members. 

Some on Twitter were quick to claim they’d happily paint it over.

In the replies, a Twitter user suggested they paint over the mural in protest. 

However, Recycled Propaganda clapped back, suggesting that if it gets painted over they keep on bringing it back.

The art piece could not have been more timely given the recent comments made by Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

After being asked in an interview with NPR if the words of Emma Lazarus are part of the American ethos, Cuccinelli replied, adding a line to the poem, “They certainly are – give me your tired and your poor who can stand on their own two feet and who will not become a public charge.” 

The original reads as, “Give me your tired, your poor, / Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…”

Recently, the Trump administration decided to make it more difficult for immigrants to obtain a Green Card if they receive government aid, such as food stamps or Medicaid. Cuccinelli is a big defender of this policy, so it is not surprising that these comments about Lazarus’ sonnet were made. 

When immigrants are being discussed in politics, it is usually done so in ways that strips them of their humanity.

When folks migrate to the United States, it is often done so out of desperation and necessity. Immigrants come with nothing but a backpack filled with the essentials. They come to work low-paying jobs and because of their status, it is difficult for them to get the assistance they need for issues like healthcare and food assistance. To ask immigrants to come to the United States and to be self-sufficient only treat them with very little dignity is unfair.

When describing this policy, Cuccinelli uses words like a burden when describing immigrants who need public assistance. After his initial remarks about the poem, Cuccinelli said on CNN that the poem was originally referring to Europeans who migrated to the United States. 

The artist, who is an immigrant from the UK points out that America is a very different place for white immigrants.

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“I personally wasn’t born in America. I was born in the UK and I don’t ever feel attacked as an immigrant and I think that’s cause my skin is white,” Zevalking says. 

There is a stark difference between the ways European immigrants and Latin American immigrants are treated in the United States and Zevalking is tapping into that notion with his mural, “Chained Migration.” He is acknowledging his privilege as a European immigrant and using it to shed light on how criminalizing it is for non-white immigrants living in the United States.

A Dating Website For Uniformed People Claims A Married Cop Suing Them Isn’t As Innocent As He Claims

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A Dating Website For Uniformed People Claims A Married Cop Suing Them Isn’t As Innocent As He Claims

If you’re in a relationship, hold on to them tight. If you’re not, good luck out there because the dating world is mad crazy. Trying to meet people, especially online (is there any other way?) it is rough. Millions of people are trying to find love via dating websites, which means the competition is steep. It’s also challenging to make people not swipe left, meaning, getting someone to be interested in you based on your picture alone is the ultimate goal. So what makes people interested in someone else? If you’re a woman attracted to men, it’s pretty much the same thing since the beginning of time: tall, dark, handsome, and a man in uniform. That brings us to this hilarious yet unfortunate story.

A Florida cop has filed a lawsuit against a dating website for using his picture for marketing purposes. Oh yeah, and he also happens to be married.

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Before we go on, we know what you’re thinking: this cop lied to his wife, set up a dating profile online, and got caught, so now he’s suing the company, acting like he had nothing to do with it. 

However, companies of all sorts have been caught in the past for wrongfully using images without permission simply because they came across a random image online. Also, the man is hot! So, of course, these online dating websites would want to attract users by using the image of an attractive young police officer (in uniform) as a way to lure in people who are starving for love (or something else, wink wink). 

David Guzman alleges that he had no idea his image was being used as a marketing ploy for online dating websites until his friends came across his advertisement.

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According to court documents, last year Guzman said his friends told him that they had seen his picture and informed him like ‘hey, dude isn’t this you?’ Another person who found out: his wife! Yikes!!

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that his wife asked Guzman why his picture was on a dating website, and he responded to her by saying he “had no idea.” Okay, like that’s going to be enough for her to believe him. By the way, the advertisement that accompanied his picture said: “Bulletproof vest? Nah, it’s all muscle” Catchy and enticing! But yeah, he said he did not write that either. 

The 33-year-old police officer contacted the owner of the dating websites and demanded that they take down his picture from UniformDating.com.

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NSI Holdings, owner of Cupid.com and UniformDating.com, didn’t take down the picture. First, they demanded that Guzman show identification, which he did promptly. Then NSI Holdings alleges that they found a dating profile that included his name, his age, and his birthdate and his email address.

Their argument is they have a right to use his picture because he apparently has a dating profile. They’re saying that either Guzman or someone close to him, started a profile and used his information. NSI Holdings also found that the person attached to that dating website did go on UniformDating.com and “that creation of the profile was a momentary dalliance.”  

Furthermore, people who use NSI Holdings dating website sign the terms and agreements which state that they can use your image and information as they please “to reproduce and broadcast the information contained in your profile including your name, photograph” and other submissions “for marketing and other purposes,” without compensating the user. Now that is some kind of bullshit. 

Guzman alleges that the company has still not taken down his picture, and he’s not rolling over and taking this kind of harassment.

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It’s unclear what Guzman is asking for in his lawsuit, aside from the company taking down his picture, but we’re sure some monetary payback is in order.

“Defendant’s use of plaintiff’s image, likeness and/or identity in connection with a dating service impugns plaintiff’s character, embarrasses him, and suggests — falsely — that he, a married person, is presently dating and seeking out other partners,” the lawsuit states according to the New York Post

Legal docs go on to state, that Guzman is “a married man and respected member of his community who has been caught with a profile on an online dating website.” Or perhaps he just got caught with his pants down, so to speak. No! We remain Team Guzman. 

Who do you believe? Let us know in the comments.

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