Today kicks off our Art of Miami series with creative-encouraging brand, NO MAYO. NO MAYO is a brand that makes things to inspire making and aims to enlighten others to express their creative side. We’ve teamed up with them as they explore the art and inspiration that covers Wynwood, Miami.

We’re starting the series at Artium Gallery. Artium hosts over 500 pieces of modern and contemporary art, including paintings, sculptures, prints, photographies. But two artists struck me most, Catalina Abbott and Edwin Rojas.

Catalina Abbott is a Chilean artists that draws inspiration from Picasso, despite her Basquiat look and feel. She mixes media; pulling comics, blurred text, and paint to create neo-expressionism eye delight. Her elementary style and collaboration of design mashups create a free feeling message. Purpose-blurred text and clear comic copies collide in her work, which drew my mouth to a drop. I’m instantly a fan.

artium - catalina abbott 1 artium - catalina abbott 2

Edwin Rojas’ work had me at a standstill upon seeing. His traditional setting and color blending held time as much as my stance did. His poised and particularly peculiar figures provided side eyes and blank stares that drew my eyes an inch from the painting. Really admired his Spaniard style  and looking forward to seeing more of his work.

artium - edwin rojas

Stay tuned as we’ll post different artists and galleries to highlight the culture of Wynwood, from graffiti to fine art, over the next fortnight. Keep close with us on Instagram and UF CREATV.

Open your mind, not just your mouth.

Kiesh x