The Nina Torres Fine Art Gallery on Bayshore Drive is a sleek exhibition space with floor-length windows overlooking the Biscayne Bay. The gallery just hosted the first edition of The Miami Art Expo, from June 19 to 26. Artists from throughout the world mingled with visitors as they viewed world-class art from the Edgewater location, conveniently nestled between Downtown Miami and Wynwood.
The London-based Global Art Agency Ltd. presented the expo, which housed a variety of paintings, photography, art, urban art, and sculptures. Purchase prices ranged from $250 to $15,000. There was a great turnout at the weeklong show and various trends in modern art were visible.
One of the trends of the exhibition was bright, colorful art, common to Latin American expressions, making Miami the ideal spot for the show. Some pieces included trippy, dreamlike images, incorporating various elements of nature. But, a unique infusion of black and white art and classical bronze sculptures balanced-out the exhibition.
Ana Braga from Brazil is a good example of an artist that creates works with vibrant colors and trippy designs. One of her kaleidoscopic landscape pieces, a focal point of the show, is presented below. A rainbow of repetitive shapes, designs and patterns make up the vivid and attractive piece.
Another colorful highlight of the event was the work of Brenno Baessa from Brazil. In this piece, various choppy, bust-like images of women’s bodies are juxtaposed with colorful segments. Some of them include elements of nature like trees, animals, and water while others resemble man-made components such as stained glass or a nightclub stage. The work is possibly a statement on the objectification of women’s body parts in art or it itself represents their objectification.
Joanna Blair was also a standout artist at the exhibition. She infuses vibrant colors with dreamlike, natural elements in her work. Her aquamarine rendition of an underwater scene brought starry, otherworldly elements into the colorful mix.
Indian artist Smeetha Bhoumik also presented a dreamlike, illuminating work of art incorporating elements of nature such as trees and stars on a round, dark aqua canvas resembling the night sky or sea. The elusive messages written on the piece make it even more intriguing.
Aside from the many colorful and surreal pieces that stood out at the expo, there was also a presence of black and white pieces. Jeff Murray from England exhibited elaborate and meticulously detailed black and white sketches resembling maps and geographies, which were definitely strong points of attraction at the international exhibit.
Pehi-art was another notable exhibitor at the Miami Art Expo 2015. His bronze sculptures brought a classical element to the show. His fashion-inspired sculpture titled “The Four Seasons” includes four slim female figures dressed in clothing associated with the summer, fall, spring and fall. He also displayed a mysterious hooded figure with enormous wings, which drew many visitors.
Overall, there were too many great artworks to include in this coverage piece. The art exhibited at the Nina Torres Gallery is always world-class. Her gallery is one of the few large exhibition spaces in Miami where one can get a balanced dose of international art spanning many genres and styles. There's also commercial art on exhibit, too.
The Miami Art Expo certainly capitalized on the unique, international aspect of the space. In its first installment, the expo displayed many beautiful art pieces representative of many artists from all over the world. But, Nina always has a special show at the gallery, so along with the great location, it’s definitely a place for cultured art lovers to visit and look out for what's coming in the future.