Life Is Art – Soul Of Miami – Tony Major Events
River Of Art
showcase, networker, fundraiser
party, art, music, fashion, performance and more!
Wednesday, August 11, 6:30pm
Bleu Moon Cafe
1717 N. Bayshore Drive, 2nd Floor
Inside the Doubletree Grand Hotel
The River Of Art is a wonderful evening of creativity brought to you by Life Is Art, Soul Of Miami and Tony Major Events. Each Wednesday, we feature visual art, music, fashion, performance and more chosen from our local south Florida arts community. Full bar and excellent food are there for your enjoyment, as well. Come by and enjoy an atmosphere of fun and excitement. PLUS, A PORTION OF THE SALES FROM THE EVENING GOES TO SUPPORT THE ARTS IN SOUTH FLORIDA.
THE STATE OF
The State Of is the product of the marriage between Steph Taylor’s edgy piano/synth playing and Nabedi Osorio’s electronic-like live drumming. Their dark pop sensibility is born out of their hometown of Miami, FL and is reminiscent of artists ranging from the Bjork and the Eurythmics to Radiohead and the Cure. Taylor’s style of playing is often percussive and dark where Osorio’s drumming is melodic and when coupled, they create a dynamic sound larger than whatâ€™s expected out of two people.
“The State Of exemplifies that oxymoronic moment when something sparse becomes atmospheric – like the most electronic form of analog, or vice versa” -Broward New Times
“South Florida duo the State Of likes to keep pop tunes dark but upbeat. The ladies crank eerily pretty arrangements on the keys and back them with big, electroniclike live drums for a Tori Amos meets LCD Soundsystem effect.” -Tampa Bay Times
“The massive appeal of the State Of comes simply from variety” -Miami New Times
I’m a 35 year old, mostly self taught visual artist (painter). I grew up in Orlando, Fl. and moved to Miami in 2001. My work mostly expresses and explores my unconscious mind in mostly automatic abstract techniques. I also like to make imagined and real portraits of people.
I was born in Havana, Cuba in 1971. I came to the U.S. in 1980 at the age of 9 during the Mariel boatlift. Since I could remember Iâ€™ve always been into art. As a kid, I remember being into drawing cartoons and even drawing anatomical posters for my mom who was a biology teacher. In high school, I started doing graffiti with my friends and it became a way of life during the late eighties. After I got into college I learned about contemporary artists, working with other media and art history. I also learned about adding concept and meaning to a work of art.
In my artwork, I deal with issues important to me by being comical at times instead of in your face political. I reject art styles or working in a specific style. I use imagery that ranges from cartoons to realistic portraiture. I want the message of the piece to be the most important thing. I want the viewer at first to be drawn to the piece and then to question why he/she was attracted to it. Maybe with a dialogue between the viewer and the artwork, the viewer will realize that popular culture has programmed us to think a certain way.
If you would like to participate and showcase your work, please see the online application.