An Average Joe's Guide to Buying Art, with Yo Miami's Yuval Ofir
Art will never go out of style, and with Yo Miami's monthly art sale, your pockets won't be suffering either.
Yuval Ofir, a Miamian through and through, first started Yo Miami as a Facebook page as a way to let his friends know about events and places in Wynwood. "As my network of people directly involved in the [art] scene began to grow, I started using the company to pursue the things that I wanted to see come to fruition," he says.
Aside from covering and putting on various events in the music and art worlds, Yo Miami has created Yo Space, a place where artists can rent out a studio space, work on their pieces, and exhibit their work. And after some time, those artists want to move their work - move it from their space to yours.
That's where Yo Miami's Average Joe Art Sale comes in, taking place every first Sunday of the month.
The Average Joe sale was born out of an idea for an event "where people could come hang out in a laid-back environment and check out (and hopefully purchase) affordably priced local art." Ofir wants to make sure that you feel right at home at the Yo Miami space, so he has set up a ping pong table, a Nintendo 64 console, and even paired it all with music.
"This month we have Cog Nomen, Tony Laurencio (from Afrobeta), and DJ Ackdaddy providing us with the musical styling to go along with our custom-painted ping pong table, N64, and other elements meant to make you feel at home," he says.
And while you're be walking around checking out the original art, you might even bump into some of the artists there. And, there won't be much of a need to haggle down prices when the art starts at just $5 and Ofir has capped the price tags at $500.
"We still make sure to include a wide range of prices with prints starting at just $5; aside from the art, I always try and make sure that the vibe is relaxed and people feel comfortable asking questions and interacting with one another."