On Paper features works by Francisca Oyhanarte, Victoria Ravelo and Raymond Saa. Opening Friday, November 16th from 6-9pm. Choosing the medium of paper as the basis for this work, the artists have pulled traces of their histories within and beyond Miami into the visual language of their distinctive practices.
Francisca Oyhanarte is an Argentinian-born artist living and working in Miami. Since arriving in South Florida in 2015, her work has centered around use of every day materials while creating a juxtaposition of surreal imagery as a final product. Her works for this exhibition revert to this concept.
More recently, she opened Gumbo Limbo Studios in Miami, a project where she regularly exhibits her latest creations and collaborations with other local artists. She also co-created “The Gumbo Limbo Experiment”. The experiment has already been presented at Perez Art Museum, House of Creatives Music Festival, III Points, Floyd, Sweat Records among others, and continues its journey. Her work was selected from a final list of 100 submissions to be featured on Miami Beach buses in a campaign titled Transit Loves the Arts in 2016. The following year, Francisca created a twelve foot inflatable cobra for musician/DJ Richie Hell album release party at Faena Hotel and she was commissioned to create an art piece to be the official symbol for Jose Ignacio International Film Festival’s latest edition in Punta del Este, Uruguay.
Victoria Ravelo is a first generation Cuban-American born and raised in Miami. Her work draws inspiration from urban landscape, attempting to weave together the experiences of the diverse cultures that inhabit it through a familiar visual language.
Recent group exhibitions include: Boundary, Edge Zones, Miami; outlaw culture: or higher ground, Bridge Red Studios, North Miami; Hard Edge Miami, University of Miami Gallery—Wynwood. Solo exhibitions include: Take me home, Flowerbox Projects, Miami; Now, Miami Dade College, Homestead.
Raymond Saá was born in New Orleans, raised in Miami and currently lives in New Jersey. Saá is a professor of art at Drew University and has a myriad of prominent exhibitions under his belt. He was raised by his mother and grandparents, who were exiles from Cuba. His struggle to maintain their Cuban heritage here in the United States adds some serious poetic justice to his art work. The bold colors hail to the flora and fauna of his native island. The black and white pieces depict a first-generation struggle to maintain their culture in a new country. One can certainly see the beauty of transition through his work.