Hispanic Branch Library
Alex Nuñez is a Cuban-American mixed media painter from Miami, FL. She received her BA from Loyola University, New Orleans in 2006 after which she completed international workshops at Firenze Arti Visive, Florence and Metàfora, Barcelona. In 2009 Nuñez received her Post-baccalaureate diploma from School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In 2012 Nuñez earned her MFA from Hunter College, New York where she was awarded the C12 Emerging Artist Fellowship.
Nuñez’s practice concentrates on the amalgamation of pop culture and personal image hoarding— ranging from appropriated images from vintage magazines to comic books—with explosions of color, texture, and sheen. Bursting with iridescent pigments, pastel chalk, glitter, confetti, pompoms, gummy candy, and banana peels, Nuñez’s compositions become immersive environments that play on memory, erosion, overindulgence, disorientation, humor, vanity, narcissism, and opulence. Music is integral to her creative process; whether it be through source imagery or visual inspiration by way of audio stimulation. Quite naturally, Nuñez’s love affair with sound lead to the launch of “Sunday Painter”, a podcast series that explores the connection between artists and their inspirations. Broadcasted weekly (Sundays, 8PM EST) on KPISSFM, “Sunday Painter” features an array of artists and opens up a dialogue across mediums.
North Central Library
Anthony Anaya was born in Queens, New York and has been based in South Florida since 2000. Anaya’s practice explores concepts of intuition and intention; and form and function through sculpture and design. Since earning his BFA in Design at New World School of Arts, the artist has participated in group exhibitions at MoCA North Miami, AIGA, Artsy.net, Quiksilver, Uniqlo, Frost Art Museum and Biscayne Nature Center, as well as the AIGA National Design Center in New York. As a student at New World School of the Arts, Anaya participated in the Artopia Initiative, providing mentorship to young children and looks forward to continuing his work in the community through ProjectArt.
Blair Butterfield was born near the Okefenokee Swamp between Florida and Georgia. She studied at the San Francisco Art Institute, Central Saint Martins apart of the University of the Arts London and currently pursuing an interdisciplinary MFA at the University of Hartford in socially engaged art. She lives in Miami, is the Director of Art of Cultural Evolution, runs a Community Support Agriculture program called the Fair Share CSA, teaches gardening to children and is currently a third grade class teacher at Sunrise School of Miami.
Maria Theresa Barbist
Culmer Overtown Library
Using the unconscious as a playground for creation, Maria Theresa Barbist (born Schwaz, Austria; lives in Miami) translates traumatic experiences into performative actions, moving pictures and sculptural objects. She holds a PhD in psychology from the University of Innsbruck and received her MFA in New Genres at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2014. Barbist performed at the Miami Performance International Festival, the Northern California Performance Platform and multiple venues in the San Francisco Bay Area and South Florida. Her work was recently included in the survey “Intersectionality in South Florida” at the Museum for Contemporary Art North Miami, Artfields in South Carolina and the Miami Short Film Festival.
Arcola Lakes Library
Morel Doucet is a contemporary Caribbean artist that hails from Haiti and grew up in Miami, Florida where he graduated from New World School of the Arts High School with the Distinguished Dean’s Award for Ceramics. He was also awarded the coveted Marie Walsh Sharpie Foundation Scholarship and The National NAACP ACT-SO Gold Medalist award in Sculpture. From there he formalized his education at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, Maryland receiving his B.F.A. in Ceramics with a minor in Creative Writing and concentration in Illustration. He is a recipient of MICA’s Presidential Scholarship and The Alumni Award for Student Leadership, an award given to one graduating undergraduate senior who has demonstrated institutional pride during their MICA experience and recognize with outstanding capacity to promote MICA in their future journeys as artists. Morel has exhibited in the U.S. and abroad including shows at the National Council on Education for Ceramics Arts, New York, Miami, Baltimore and São Tomé et Príncipe. His work has been featured in Hyperallergic, Beautiful/Decay Magazine, Haiti Open Magazine, Oxford University Press, The Miami Herald, The Black Male Identity Project, and MICA’s Annual Report.
His current endeavors as a museum art educator are led by an interest in immersing young audiences in personalized experiences that instigate curiosity, visual literacy and empirical senses (sight, hearing, etc.) as learning tools. He believes that through collaborative and explorative learning students can develop critical thinking skills and abilities to assess their own understanding of the world around them. #moreldoucet
Rosa Naday Garmendia
Little River Library
Rosa Naday Garmendia is an interdisciplinary artist who produces work at the nexus of contemporary art and social action, blurring the boundaries of social activism and art making. Fed by her experiences facing injustices as a woman, an immigrant, an industrial worker and her personal relationship to colonization have made it possible to identify with the struggles of Blacks, Native Americans and independence movements around the world. Her art making process has been difficult, as it has required courage, sacrifice and risk taking, she considers her practice a daily act of resistance. Rosa is an immigrant from a country that has faced hostilities from the United States since 1959. Her work is rooted in her personal relationship to colonization and the ruptures in family heritage that come forth as a result of forced migration.
Garmendia was born in Havana, Cuba. She has pursued her fine art studies at various universities and art institutes, including University of South Florida, Parsons School of Design, University of Miami, Vermont Studio Center, and the Fort Lauderdale Art Institute. She has exhibited in Miami, FL; New York, Salt Lake City, Utah; Cuba, Guadeloupe, Tulsa, Oklahoma and Suriname. She has participated in International Cultural Exchanges and exhibition programs across the Caribbean. She is the recipient of several awards; Artist Access Grant, Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator grantee and more recently she was awarded the Equal Justice Thematic International Residency at Santa Fe Art Institute and artist residency at Vermont Studio Center.
Garmendia speaks English, Spanish and Haitian Kreyol and is a teaching artist at the Perez Art Museum Miami. She is involved in her community working with children and homeless adults. Through the discourse of artistic representation Rosa continues to reaffirm that she is part of a larger community that transcends geographical borders. #ritualsofcommemoration #artistasactivist
Model City Library
Rosemarie Romero is a Latinx queer-feminist artist, art professor, and licensed nail technician based in Miami, Florida. Born in the Dominican Republic, and raised in Miami, her multidisciplinary practice critically celebrates Latinx identity and explores the aesthetic politics of gender, sexuality, and labor using camp performance, glitter, and flamboyant color. Using relational aesthetics, she creates interactive spectacles, humorous cultural exchanges, and public interventions that facilitate friendship, empathy, and human connection. Her work has been shown in nontraditional venues and art spaces such as The Ringling Museum of Art, Girls Club, Locust Projects, III Points Music Festival, Art in Odd Places, The Nerve Performance Art Festival, Art/Center South Florida, Bakehouse Art Complex, and Art and Culture Center of Hollywood among others, and received her first solo show at the World Erotic Art Museum. Her work has been featured in many publications such as Art Practical, ColorLines, Miami New Times, Broward New Times, The Sun Sentinel, and Artbourne Magazine. She received her BFA in Studio Art at FIU, and MFA in Creative Photography at the University of Florida in 2013. #rosemarieromero
Edison Center Library
Stuart Sheldon is a multi-disciplinary artist and author, born, raised and based in Miami. His critically acclaimed painting series I’m With The Banned and The Best Books Ever Written has been exhibited in Berlin, San Francisco, Dallas and Miami; these meticulous works feature deconstructed books and confront the issues of censorship and false narratives in political discourse. Sheldon burst into public consciousness with Fancy Nasty, an underground installation in a derelict waterfront property that became the talk of Art Basel Miami Beach in 2015. He is founder of the art collective, Fancy Nasty Studios and was recently invited to speak about his work at the Perez Art Museum Miami. The Los Angeles Times described one of his recent works as “…an American flag posing spiralized questions about freedom. To him, it’s about urging people ‘at a granular level’ to start over, with less fear and more optimism.” The Miami New Times said Sheldon “raises awareness about injustices occurring throughout America.” Calligram, Sheldon’s upcoming London exhibition during the 2017 Frieze Art Fair, presents a series of new works critiquing the current dystopian state of American society and politics. A devoted father of two boys, Sheldon writes the Family Matters column for The Biscayne Times and is creator and on-air host of the PBS television series, ‘Meet Your Makers,’ an inside look at South Florida’s most interesting creatives.