Why We Lied to You in Our 100 Creatives

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To paraphrase that ray of sunshine Ayn Rand, art is too serious to be taken so seriously. Which is why Devon Lee, who holds the number one spot in our 100 Creatives, is a complete fabrication. We feel the need to confess this in case you were fooled by her intent to create an internet inside the internet, her chinchilla hat line, and her melodramatic refrain: "I feel like 'life' left me a long time ago."

A local artist, who will remain unnamed, dreamed up Lee, her animated gif, and her schizophrenic tumblr page of artwork. What better end for a list cataloging our city's most imaginative and playful minds. More »

1. Devon Lee

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1. Devon Lee

Devon Lee is a Trinidad-born artist who creates visually explosive work inspired by the Internet. After moving to unincorporated Dade in the summer of her 12th year, Lee struggled to fit in with her peers. In order to assimilate, the artist joined the A/V club and helped create a horror film, which was eventually shortlisted in the New York Underground Film Festival. Although the club's entry didn't win, one of its other shorts, "Are You Feeling Lonely? Why, Yes. I Am." was featured at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. More »

2. Bert Rodriguez

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2. Bert Rodriguez

What can we say that December's 3,600-word feature on Bert Rodriguez hasn't? Since appearing on the cover of New Times mocking Kim Kardashian's cover for W magazine's "Art Issue," we wondered shortly thereafter if Kim or any of the editors at the magazine would see it. W has seen it, but we aren't so sure Kim has. (We secretly imagine in our heads she has, and she loves it, but it was cut out from the latest episode of Kourtney & Kim Take New York.)

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3. Cristina Lei Rodriguez

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3. Cristina Lei Rodriguez

Take metallic, glam, almost glittery paint; add industrial-like structures that stretch in different directions, that form imaginary shapes, almost as if you were playing that game in which clouds become figures. That's Cristina Lei Rodriguez's world. Her crude and ethereal sculptures, created with both synthetic and natural materials, have appeared in galleries in Miami, New York, Europe, and elsewhere. More »

4. FriendsWithYou

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4. FriendsWithYou

Whether you're an art lover from Miami or Berlin or New York, there's a pretty good chance you've heard of FriendsWithYou or seen their work. The artist collaborative, comprised of Samuel Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III, or Sam and Tury, was born eight years ago. FWY spreads a feeling of fun and playfulness to their audiences. There's pretty much nothing somber about it, and the work is accessible to just about anyone. From their graphic stuffed creatures to the gigantic bounce houses at last year's Rainbow City during Art Basel Miami Beach, their art is the art of joy. More »

5. Typoe

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5. Typoe

By the very nature of things, Typoe is an outlaw. He, and in turn we, cannot really divulge information about who he is, where he is, how he is, and so on, because it could literally throw his ass in jail or worse. Notorious graffiti artist, co-founder of visionary art house Primary Flight, respected and gallery-exhibited visual artist - Typoe is all these things. Yet, you will never find him exposing himself either literally or figuratively - his face hides behind a bandito-style bandana and his soul hides behind his work. Typoe reveals himself only through his art. And that is enough.

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6. Wendy Wischer

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6. Wendy Wischer 

Wendy Wischer considers herself someone who has always made art. Wischer explains, "I have come to realize that there is nothing else I can do. Suceed or fail, I make art." Interested in exploring boundaries, both conceptually and visually, her work is most recognized for its introspective take on fusing nature with technology.

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7. Lucas Leyva

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7. Lucas Leyva
Lucas Leyva is a creative man of action. At only 24 years old, he is already sort of a hometown hero and is definitely an overachiever extraordinaire. As the founder and director of Miami's Borscht Film Festival, Leyva, with the help of some friends and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, is fostering a film community locally that will probably one day intimidate Hollywood (CA, not FL). Borscht is dedicated to Miami's best interests. It encourages talented filmmakers under the age of 30 to create works about, for, and in Miami, helping to bring attention and dollars to South Florida, and getting the rest of the world to recognize our talent.

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8. Jen Stark

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8. Jen Stark
 

Most of us aren't able to do too much with construction paper, but Miami artist Jen Stark pretty much creates the unbelievable. With a BFA in Fibers from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Stark is most recognized for her labor-intense paper sculptures which mirror designs found in nature. "I think geometry, nature, and mathematics have everything in common. My ideas are also based on replication and infinity as well as hypnotic, optical designs that mimic mandalas and sacred objects," explains the artist.
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9. Adler Guerrier

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9. Adler Guerrier

Adle Guerier explores the psycho-geography of the urban landscape. By wandering the streets of Miami, he creates a narrative of place, and gives a portrait of the everyday. Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Guerrier lives and works right here in South Florida. The artist uses drawings, collage, photo, video, sculpture, and installation to explore race, class, and culture. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from New World School of the Arts and has gone on to exhibit all over the world. Guerrier was selected for participation in the 2008 Whitney Biennial with his installation untitled (BLCK-We wear the mask), which examined the 1968 Liberty City riots. 
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