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Downtown & Brickell’s Rising Stars

The heart of our mission at VoyageMIA is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks, we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of the Miami’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool.  Check out Downtown and Brickell’s rising stars below.

Fereshteh Toosi

My artwork involves embodied experiences, encounter, exchange, and sensory inquiry. I design interactions for audiences by using hybrid approaches combining images, sounds, movement, and sculpture. My projects are created through participatory, collaborative processes. My previous artworks include a performance to calculate audience members’ carbon footprint, sculptures made from oyster mushrooms that are used for bioremediation, films processed in mint tea and yeasts, photograms made in collaboration with prisoners, and guided walks about lithium mining in Tibet. Read more>>

Fabiola Fleuranvil

I’m doing today what I’ve always known I would be doing even as a young kid. Nothing about my life has been traditional, and I thrive off of that. I skipped the 12th grade and went straight to college at Florida A&M University, sold chips and candy in the 7th grade not because I needed to but because I loved making my own money, and started an online women’s shoe store in my 1st year of graduate school. I always knew that I would never go into corporate America and that business and entrepreneurship would always be my path. Read more>>

Trek 6

I have been art most my life but began as a graffiti writer in the late 80’s. I left Miami for a while but came back in the mid-2000s and began to more mural art. I’ve been a part of Miami’s graffiti and mural community for 30 years and have worked all over the world. Most recently, I visited Daisen (Japan) for the Kai project, where we did murals detailing the folklore of the community of Mikarayo. i currently exhibit at a local gallery LNS gallery which is an all local gallery in the grove. Read more>>

Bryan Mora

I started doing graphics for hip-hop mixtape DJs when I was 14 and went on to start doing my own mixtapes and private events by age 16. Through the mixtape circuit, I collaborated with artists such as Rick Ross, Pitbull, Young Jeezy, and Game. In 2012, I was named Best Mixtape DJ at the Best In Florida awards. I started my own radio show in 2015 on Strong Arm Radio called “The Time Is Now” where I got to interview artists such as N.O.R.E., Iamsu, Billy Blue, and more. I was booked to DJ at Rolling Loud Festival from the first year in 2015 at Soho Studios, 2016 at Mana Wynwood and 2017 at Bayfront Park in front of a sold-out crowd of over 40,000 people. Read more>>

Estefania Alexandra Hernandez

Since I was a child, I want to demonstrate how amazing my country and my people are. I come from Venezuela, and I arrived at The United States three years ago. I studied hard to get my bachelor degree in Social Communication – Audiovisual, and I made it. As a child, I dreamed of earning an Oscar or participating as a press in the Grammys. I watched with admiration all the ceremonies imagining what it would feel like to be there. As a producer in Venezuela, I had several events that involved music and entertainment; some were “Por El Medio de La Calle,” “La Fete de La Musique,” “Feria de Vinos, Quesos y Chocolates.” In addition, I worked as a publicist for Crocs Venezuela and as a music teacher. Read more>>

Stefano Campanini

Sometimes one passion in life is not enough, so I adventurously adjoined two at the same time, wine and art. But let’s go back from the beginning of the story, or kind of. I left my country of origin, Italy, when I was 23 y.o., to join a three months long expedition in the Gobi desert part of Mongolia. It was such life-changing experience that, as much as I don’t know exactly what changed, I know that I never made it back to Italy. After jobs in Thailand, Malaysia, Taiwan and plenty more, I landed in the USA and, after a couple of years, settled down in New York City where I began my career as a private art dealer. Read more>>

Trisha Posner

I am London born, having spent half my life in Britain and half in the United States. Before coming to America, I lived for a few years in Ibiza and Majorca, doing some odd jobs and modeling, just enough to pay the bills. When I moved to New York, I returned to what was then my first love, fashion. I was at New York’s Vittorio Ricci, one of the premier Italian shoe salons. As in Spain, I mixed in some modeling and was the ‘face’ for jewelry designer’s Barry Kieselstein-Cord’s avant-garde ads in Andy Warhol’s Interview. Read more>>

Melissa Marrero

Two weeks after college, I landed my first job at ABC News (WPLG) in Miami as an associate producer. After a few months, I moved on up to producing the 5 am morning show when we were ranked the #1 Morning Show in South Florida. In my spare time, I shadowed reporters to get a feel for the field. I went out on hard news, local, investigative and entertainment stories. And after just a few weeks, I realized my passion was for lifestyle and entertainment news. I started attending press junkets on my own time and producing pieces for air at WPLG. Read more>>

Emely Virta

As a child, I remember being enamored by the photos my father would take. He had an extensive collection of vintage and one of a kind cameras from all over the world, which he has since shared with me. The idea of capturing moments; be it obscure or pure magic, is the lifeblood of my passion. I am intrigued by the notion of being able to freeze frame time, yet let a moment last forever. I am also a feminist and believe in empowering other women. Read more>>

Pamela Barrera and Martha Balaguer

We were inspired to create Verde by watching our trashcans pile up with plastic containers every four days from Milk, Laundry, Orange Juice, etc. Almost everything comes in plastic containers, and we dispose of all of these perfect containers and don’t realize the harm we are creating to earth. When this situation clicked, and we realized the enormous harm we are doing to the earth and future generations we couldn’t take it anymore, and after a couple of years we decided to act on it, and Verde was born. Read more>>

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