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Thought-Provokers: Downtown & Brickell

Miami has always had an artistic soul. The culture and heritage of our city, like most great cities, owes a tremendous debt to the arts community. Supporting local art is something we care deeply about and we’d like to do everything we can to help the local arts community thrive. Unfortunately, too often media attention is monopolized by corporate interests and tabloid gossip – but culture doesn’t come from a focus on celebrity breakups it comes from a focus on the arts.

Below, you’ll find some incredible artists from in and around Downtown & Brickell that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Annie Bhardwaj

I was born in New Delhi, India. I have done my bachelors in Fashion communication from National institute fashion technology and graduated with a winning creative graduation project award and have a gold medal in academic excellence. I have got a diploma in Fine arts, and presently I am doing my post graduation in Art Direction in advertising from Miami Ad school. Read more>>

Olga Lee

My unique story? Hmm…, I think my unique story is going to beat anyone’s story haha 🙂 because it’s kinda crazy, but it’s my story. I am of North Korean descend – this is where my look, last name, and fundamental human values come from; born in Uzbekistan in the 80s to the most amazing parents, whose great-grandparents were North Korean refugees in Russia. Read more>>

Chris Fraley

I have always been a positive person. But one fateful day in the summer of 2014 I became the worlds newest superhero Blackman! It all started at my local Six Flags . when I won a Batman cape .. I said I’m not Batman I’m Blackman. That is the day I went Positive for the People and started fighting stereotypes. Because people are more alike than they are different. Read more>>

Leonor Anthony

I love to explore limitless styles and materials using violently expressive color and jarring compositions. Through these elements I try to bring awareness to issues ranging from immigration, women’s empowerment, and environmental preservation; I am not afraid to elicit strong emotional reactions, I provoke them. Read more>>

C.r. Sten Garcia

As a hobby, I always shot video of parties and vacations. I never thought I could make a career out of it, but there is no life in the shadow of a job that is not fulfilling on some level. I was a college drop out, and I decided to go back to school for video production. I was the guy that barely graduated high school, and here I am getting on the honor roll of an accredited art school. Read more>>

Stan Rudman

In the early 1970’s my family needed more space for their growing apparel business and invested and built several large warehouse buildings in what is known today as the Little River Business District, At that time, the neighborhood was peaceful with nearby homes located yards away. In the 1980’s-90’s, the area had changed where crime was at an all-time high. Read more>>

Ronnie Gonzalez

When I turned Sixteen, I started talking to an Army recruiter, and by March of 2007, I was in boot camp at the age of Seventeen. I joined up as a medic, within a year I was in Iraq, two later I was in Afghanistan. After a six-year stint (plus reserves) I was honorably discharged and returned home. I started with Nursing school and realized I had lost all taste for the medical field in the fields of Afghanistan. Read more>>

Federico Uribe

I grew up in a highly educated but highly dysfunctional family. Most memories of my childhood are bad. I bullied everywhere. Because I was a feminine boy. But we had farms whit every domestic animal possible. I rode horses before I walked I was free there. Play constantly about changing things. How would this look like if it was green or purple or full of… I saw images not only on clouds but everywhere. I thought I talk to animals. I talk back to me. Read more>>

Leandro Comrie

I have always been interested in people and their stories. As a kid, I would sit in my aunt’s and godmother’s kitchen, respectively, and listen to their stories. The stories were about them and other people, but far from being gossip oriented; they were focused on life experiences and lessons on how to approach life from a kinder perspective. Read more>>

Milkos D Sosa

For years, I interacted with numerous artists, organizing events, concerts, and exhibitions. I can say that thus began my vocation as a producer, which is now a part of my professional life. I have been lucky or daring because I have explored almost all artistic expressions, some empirically and others because I studied them. That’s why I enjoy them all and I dare to experiment. I studied music for two years, I directed a choir for three. Read more>>

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