Ones to Watch: Eight Up-and-Coming Miami Artists

Categories: Art
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A scene from "Getting Rid of all My Shoes" by Autumn Casey.
The news that Miami artists FriendsWithYou, Jen Stark, Alvaro Ilizarbe, and others are relocating to Los Angeles has ignited a debate about whether Miami's art scene can or does support its artists financially. It's left many wondering whether more homegrown talent will follow them west.

It has also inspired debates about which South Florida creatives best represent the Magic City, with names like Jillian Mayer, Christy Gast, Naomi Fisher, Jim Drain, Beatrice Monteavaro, Adler Guerrier, Clifton Childree, Agustina Woodgate, the TM Sisters, Gean Moreno, and scores more tossed into the debate.

The list of Miami artists who've moved on to seek opportunities elsewhere is certainly growing. (See Daniel Arsham, Luis Gispert, Hernan Bas, and Bert Rodriguez, for example.) But so is the list of local talent that has helped elevate the 305's burgeoning art scene onto the international stage. Miami remains a hothouse for visual artists who are making an impact, with a new generation ready to break out and seize the chance to rep our city to the world.

Here is a list of up and coming names we believe could be the next big thing in art -- in Miami and beyond.

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A screenshot from Viking Funeral's "Version (Godard)," 2011.
Viking Funeral
The collaborative duo create works ranging from video to art installations and art books, and can often be found at Churchill's Pub performing as a band. Bridging both the art and music worlds with their edgy, at times moody aesthetic, this pair is adept at battering the brain pan.

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Farley Aguilar
This painter transports viewers to an otherworldly place with his narrative, acid-toned canvases that often include a Fellini-esque cast of characters. Think scenes of refugees from a zombie flick lynching mermaids. Aguilar specializes in unsettling imagery as distinctly recognizable as it is grotesque.


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16 comments
Avantgag
Avantgag

Miami's 8 most fuckable artists:

8) Rick Falcon7) Antonia Wright6) TM Sisters (at the same time)5) Tawnie Silva4) Manny Prieres3) Misael Soto2) Jillian Mayer1) Meatball

guest
guest

reinier gamboa is by far miami's greatest underground artist.

Jose D. Duran
Jose D. Duran

Everyone should really stop with the middle school jealousy -- it's very unbecoming. Why doesn't everyone focus on their own work and stop putting down everyone else? I'm so disgusted with the comments and fighting I've read since the original post. I have lost faith this city.

This is why Miami can't have nice things.

Ciara LaVelle
Ciara LaVelle

We reached out to Tatiana Vahan earlier today, and she confirmed that she no longer has a physical address in Miami. We've updated the story to reflect our error.

The intention of this list, as Carlos laid out in his introduction, is to spotlight young, up-and-coming artists in Miami -- the next generation of artists who we feel have the potential to rise to the prominence of FriendsWithYou or Jen Stark, etc, in our own arts scene. Clearly artists like Jose Bedia and James Rosenquist have surpassed that mark. And we never implied that these are the only artists in Miami who are good at what they do; in fact, you'll find coverage of Jessy Nite, Guerra de la Paz, and other suggestions in our archives that suggest exactly the opposite. Including every great artist in Miami in one list would, of course be an impossible task.

You can check out our slideshow of Jose Bedia's MAM exhibit here -- http://www.miaminewtimes.com/s... -- and we'll have more coverage on that for you in the days ahead.

And for the record, we never claimed any of these artists was "going to hold it down."

Badforoctober
Badforoctober

For the record some of the biggest contemporary artists from NY have worked from FL including James Rosenquist and Bob Rauschenberg (rip). Pretty much, Miami and diff parts of FL is great for making the work. The market just isn't as big as it can be. Rosenquist/Raschenberg and others show a prime example of that. 

Maybe this writer should focus on the Jose Bedia ( a true miami pioneer) show instead of focusing on stupid subjective ideas of who is "going to hold it down"

When you make ridiculous lists like these it should be much longer, because in essentially shows the obvious ignorance to your knowledge of work being created in Miami.  

Badforoctober
Badforoctober

artists that are extremely good at what they do, 

David MarshGeorge Sanchez Calderon Jesse NiteJel MartinezGuerra de la PazEric Torrente Jim Drain 

and many others. 

Badforoctober
Badforoctober

this writer is clueless, Tatiana doesn't even live in Miami. 

Cap'n Ron
Cap'n Ron

Tatiana moved to LA a year ago.  Come see Funner Projects as Loose Stools at Lester's on Saturday.

hochimon
hochimon

yeah they can leave to LA too.

Vince Herrera
Vince Herrera

You forgot to add Miami's Favorite Uncommissioned Public Artist to the list.. Vince BadPanda Herrera

Cap'n Ron
Cap'n Ron

Meatball is up, cumming, and totally fuckable 

Vitotiana
Vitotiana

It's not really jealously if you are referring to what I said. It's a valid agreement. this blog day in and day out dog artists like Britto. for good reason, but to what higher standard, seriously speaking. you talk about not hating, this blog hates on Britto. But FWY pretty much make high brow Britto. 

They have no real artist training (which doen't really matter in my view)but how everyone bitches about Britto's methods the same should be said about FWY. they are a brilliant design house. I'm sure they will be serious in the amusement park world. But its totally consumer based, in a nutshell this paper are some of the biggest hypocrites on how they rate serious work. 

its based more on praise then on artistic merit. i am writing this with a kind heart too, not at all from a hateful heart friend. 

Vitotiana
Vitotiana

Prominence? FWY are more designers more then anything, they have no craftsmanship whatsoever and they couldn't paint a picture or sculpt something on their own if their life depended on it. With that said, I enjoy their work regardless but if Miami seriously thinks that's what is the most promising and serious work coming out of Miami, I could see why people think the city is in serious cultural trouble. its pretty much high brow Britto. I like some of Britto's work for your info. but lets call it as it truly is, consumer based work. 

Jose D. Duran
Jose D. Duran

If you every spoke to Sam and Tury about their work, you'd know they put a lot of thought beyond just what's on the surface. Yes, they do commercial work, but they do a lot of other stuff beyond that. The praise they've received from this publication and the art world is deserving and it is highly unfair to compare them to Britto -- a man who really is just in it to make a buck and not really say anything.

In the end art is SUBJECTIVE, no one will agree who is most deserving. Yes, there are certain skills, traits, etc. that let us decide who is a "real" artist and who is just doing decorative work. However, an artist and his/her/their work is only as valuable as the market says it is.

Vitotiana
Vitotiana

also i apologize if I have offended anyone. I'm just trying to bring up a differing point that isn't politically correct.  

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