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Thought-Provokers: Kendall

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 Kendall that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Jorge Castellanos

I first ventured into the photography world in my early 20’s while I was at the naval academy in Cuba. Years later in 2009 my wife and I decided to pursue what had been a passion of mine for most of my life. Now, almost ten years later we can proudly say we own a successful studio and have had the chance to work with some of the most influential Hispanic artists of today. Read more>>

Ken Ozuna

My visual journey started even earlier than that when I watched Tree of Life for the first time. That was when my eyes were opened to the ability to express a mood and story with a camera lens and lights. Emmanuel Lubezki remains my biggest inspiration. The leap came early 2014 when I watched Hannibal’s second season when it was still airing. Read more>>

Rafael Castilloodope

I looked back at moments in my life and realized I’ve always been an artist at heart. I have poems that go back as far as early high school and I’ve always dreamed of a career in entertainment. I’d always say “I’m going to be one of those athletes that are in movies too! Like Jordan in SpaceJam or The Rock!”. It’s always been in me, but it took me letting go of sports to see it. Read more>>

Osvaldo Samper

Art was always a part of my life as it is for every child but unlike most, I never let it go. I continued developing my abilities and little by little taking my art more seriously. My biggest challenge is transitioning my art from a fun hobby to a business I can live off of and at the same time continuing to enjoy it. Read more>>

Juan Travieso

I fell in love with art the minute I started drawing. Drawing has been my passion since I was four years old. I got really good at drawing because I grew up in Communist Cuba. Due to the fact that there were no toy stores when I was growing up, I had to draw and make my own toys out of paper. Read more>>

Michael Ben-Tov

When I was about 14, I got my first camera. I used it to make funny videos with my friends because I originally wanted to write and direct comedy skits. When I was 16, I said I wanted to get into film and videography, so I got a job as a fry cook at a local place called Sports Grill. Read more>>

Christopher Milhouse

Making music and performing really has helped me deal with my depression and anxiety. I feel like I’m doing something I truly love. Yes, every day I do have challenges, ups, and downs but at the end of the day, I’m doing something I love, and that’s something I am beyond grateful for. Read more>>

Kassandra Garcia

I picked up an amateur camera and started taking pictures for my friends and family. After a couple of months I start enrolled myself in a photography class at school, and as soon as I finished that class, I started taking pictures for friends of friends and found myself liking the path I was going on. Read more>>

Veronica Rushton

I enjoyed being behind the camera more than anything and piecing together footage to tell a story. Photography and videography is something that is new to me, but I continue to practice because I enjoy the the outcome and reactions of others when they look at my work. Read more>>

Lu baby

Art has always been around me. Growing up at my grandparents’ house my imagination was able to run free with no boundaries. I sang Cuban folk music with my grandmother up and down the house and admired my grandfather build things out of scrap metal and tools. Read more>>

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