MasterMind 2014 Honorable Mention: Alex Nuñez

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Photos courtesy of Alex Nuñez
Miami New Times' Mastermind Awards honors the city's most inspiring creatives. This year, we received more than 100 submissions, which our staff narrowed to an elite group of 30. We'll be profiling those honorable mentions, and eventually the finalists, in the weeks to come. This year's three Mastermind Award winners will be announced February 27 at Artopia, our annual soiree celebrating Miami culture. For tickets and more information, visit the website.

For Miami-bred artist Alex Nuñez, the world is her giant canvas and her creations are mere portals into other, wild realms. Though Nuñez has lived and studied in Florence, Barcelona, New Orleans, Boston, and even New York City, she still has Miami on her mind. The artist sees her artwork as a way to pay homage to her home city, and her Cuban-American roots are a constant source of inspiration.

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MasterMinds 2014 Honorable Mention: Michael Malka

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Miami New Times' Mastermind Awards honors the city's most inspiring creatives. This year, we received more than 100 submissions, which our staff narrowed to an elite group of 30. We'll be profiling those honorable mentions, and eventually the finalists, in the weeks to come. This year's three Mastermind Award winners will be announced February 28 at Artopia, our annual soiree celebrating Miami culture. For tickets and more information, visit the website.

Michael Malka is a Miami man, born and raised. From shooting hidden locales like the shuttered RC Cola plant, to capturing the brilliance of Mother Nature via the Everglades, this photographer's lens has captured a lot of the 305.

From black & white to color splashed to distorted images, his striking imagery comes in many incarnations.

"I try to go out and show everyone what's out there -- through my eyes," Malka says.

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MasterMind 2014 Honorable Mention: Yesenia Lima

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Photo Courtesy: YeseniaLima.com
Miami New Times' Mastermind Awards honors the city's most inspiring creatives. This year, we received more than 100 submissions, which our staff narrowed to an elite group of 30. We'll be profiling those honorable mentions, and eventually the finalists, in the weeks to come. This year's three Mastermind Award winners will be announced February 28 at Artopia, our annual soiree celebrating Miami culture. For tickets and more information, visit the website.

Miami-born Yesenia Lima is a filmmaker and writer currently pursuing an M.F.A. in entrepreneurial digital cinema at the University of Central Florida. Raised by Cuban immigrants, Lima's work is an ongoing study to discover what the Latin American identity means to herself and others. Her feature-length micro-budget film, "MIAmi" tells the story of four Miami natives living in different neighborhoods of the city. The film strives to show a more realistic portrait of a city that, as Lima puts it, is as hard to define as it is to live in for the average inhabitant.

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MasterMind 2014 Honorable Mention: Jessica Farr

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Photos courtesy of Jessica Farr
Miami New Times' Mastermind Awards honors the city's most inspiring creatives. This year, we received more than 100 submissions, which our staff narrowed to an elite group of 30. We'll be profiling those honorable mentions, and eventually the finalists, in the weeks to come. This year's three Mastermind Award winners will be announced February 27 at Artopia, our annual soiree celebrating Miami culture. For tickets and more information, visit the website.

Comedy is an art, and though we might celebrate those actors who excel in dramatic works, making people laugh ain't easy. And if you're a bombshell broad, forgedaboudit! But it's funny (and hot) ladies like Jessica Farr who show the world that women in comedy are a serious thing.

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MasterMind 2014 Honorable Mention: Gonzalo Fuenmayor

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Photos courtesy of Gonzalo Fuenmayor
Miami New Times' Mastermind Awards honors the city's most inspiring creatives. This year, we received more than 100 submissions, which our staff narrowed to an elite group of 30. We'll be profiling those honorable mentions, and eventually the finalists, in the weeks to come. This year's three Mastermind Award winners will be announced February 27 at Artopia, our annual soiree celebrating Miami culture. For tickets and more information, visit the website.

Bananas. The long, yellow fruit with a suggestive shape is making a comeback in the art world thanks to Gonzalo Fuenmayor. Once made popular by Andy Warhol with his pop-art movement, the potassium-filled fruit holds a special place in the images created by this photographer.

A native of Barranquilla, Colombia, Fuenmayor has lived in Miami for over six years (and in the states for about 15 years) but his roots continue to inspire his work.

"As a Colombian artist living in the United States for over a decade, I once felt the responsibility to make art that commented on the social events happening back at home. Feeling detached from the tacit burden to address drugs and violence, I started drawing bananas instead," he says. What came about after that is a collection of images part of his Papare Series that tell a story so layered, and yet so beautiful.

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MasterMinds 2014 Honorable Mention: Peter Hammar

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Miami New Times' Mastermind Awards, presented by the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, honors the city's most inspiring creatives. This year, we received over 100 submissions, which our staff narrowed to an elite group of 30. We'll be profiling our 20 honorable mentions, and eventually our 10 finalists, in the weeks to come. This year's three Mastermind Award winners will be announced February 27 at Artopia, our annual soiree celebrating Miami culture presented by the Miracle Mile Downtown Coral Gables. For tickets, visit the website.

There aren't many global locales more diametrically opposed to Miami than Sweden. Snowy, mountainous, utterly Anglo-Saxon -- in many ways, it's the opposite of our sultry Latin city. But that's part of why Swedish-born artist Peter Hammar is so enamored with the 305.

In 2013, Hammar was the grand prize winner of the Art Takes Miami contest, which granted him a solo exhibition at Scope Art Fair during Basel.

He got the news while boarding a plane to Sweden. He had to uncheck his bag and hurry back to Miami Beach, but considers it well worth it. "It was a great show," he says.

Originally into painting, Hammar quickly moved into installation work, citing the ability to tell a broader story through the use of objects and space. His pieces often incorporate thematic elements related to time and nostalgia.

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MasterMinds 2014 Honorable Mention: Allison Kotzig

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Miami New Times' Mastermind Awards, presented by the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, honors the city's most inspiring creatives. This year, we received over 100 submissions, which our staff narrowed to an elite group of 30. We'll be profiling our 20 honorable mentions, and eventually our 10 finalists, in the weeks to come. This year's three Mastermind Award winners will be announced February 27 at Artopia, our annual soiree celebrating Miami culture presented by the Miracle Mile Downtown Coral Gables. For tickets, visit the website.

Vaginas. Do we have your attention? In a world plagued with ADD, nothing grabs an audience's attention like the female anatomy.

And artist Allison Kotzig's art is attention-getting indeed. Basically, she uses fake vaginas to makes a statement about feminism, humor, misogyny, and the American puritanical ideal. They come in many guises -- as alien overlords, nailed to boards, or with little plastic babies streaming from within.

"I use sex store vaginas as a way to sort of free them from their intended purpose as sex toys -- to give them a voice in the art world as well as create something funny," Kotzig says.

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Artopia 2014: Discounted Early-Bird Tickets On Sale Now

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Can you believe Art Basel 2013 was just one month ago? By the time it was over, the whole city seemed to utter a sigh of relief: No more fairs. No more parties. No more art.

But now, in the new year, your passion for great art is back. Good thing New Times' annual Artopia is right around the corner.

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MasterMind Awards: Just Two Days Left to Enter

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What, you think this happened on a deadline? Psh.
All great creative minds are procrastinators. Da Vinci never finished a project on time. Picasso operated on Miami time. And Hemingway couldn't meet a deadline to save his life.

(That's what we tell our editors, anyway.)

But if you're an artist planning to enter our MasterMind awards, now's the time to man up. You've already gotten an extension. Now it's time to submit so that you can also get a cool $1,000.

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MasterMind Award Submissions: Just Three Days Left

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Merry Christmas! Would you like $1,000?

If you're an artist, musician, filmmaker, or other creative, New Times can help. But you've gotta enter our MasterMind awards to win the dough.

Here's how to enter.

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