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.
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.
As soon as you walk into the nightclub, you see his glow-in-the-dark paintings of scenes and local animals from the state’s Everglades National Park.
“It was a big learning process It was trial and error of what not to do and what to do,” Preuss says. “It gave me a good intro to that whole world of full-time art.”
The murals throughout the nightclub took four weeks to complete, with Preuss learning how to negotiate, invoice and talk about prices.
“I started putting my work and energy of artist for hire, and it created opportunities for me,” Preuss recalls.
Before long, he was painting a mural for Magnus Talent Agency, co-founded by Marc Anthony.
And the mural blended the talent agency along with some of Miami’s entertainment history.
Since much of the talent consists of music artists and baseball players, Preuss wanted to merge the two together. Out came the inspo for a large mural of Celia Cruz with a baseball bat.
“I turned the studio into Sistine Chapel,” Preuss says. He added that it was an “explosion of detail.”
His art can caught the attention of businesses in Latin America wanting a piece of his colorful murals.
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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