Mastermind 2012 Honorable Mention: Yovani Bauta
If you live in Miami, you've encountered a homeless person asking for change. Some people ignore them; others offer them some spare change. Yovani Bauta paints them. (Maybe he leaves a few quarters in their bucket, too, but that's beside the point.)
He's an American, born in Cuba, with degrees in the arts and law -- but he paints, because painting makes people happy. Bauta has been exhibited all over the world. His globe-trotting pieces have made it to Germany, France, Mexico, Spain, and Switzerland, as well as the U.S.
More than a painter, Bauta founded Sena del Humor, a comedy ensemble that allowed him to collaborate as an actor in a piece called Liborio Wants to Escape, which was performed in the U.S. and Mexico. He's worked with other mediums, like installations, and even written essays, which were published in Cadiz, Spain. Still not impressed? Geez, you're picky, but maybe this will help: Bauta was selected one of only 10 artists to represent America at the 2011 Shanghai Art Fair.
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