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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.

Alysia “Lysh” Rodriguez

I started drawing people as early as five years old and have never stopped! Early on, I also knew I was absolutely obsessed with music and started singing in secrecy until my parents heard me one day and I joined choir at the age of 7 years old followed by many more years of my involvement in choir in high school and professional training which led me to perform at Carnegie Hall in 2006. Read more>>

Ruben Fonseca

It’s funny cause I really think this the first time that I actually sit down and try to trace back where I decided that I wanted to be a filmmaker. So my mom is a creative, and she really used to express herself in everything. Me being one of her canvases. My grandmother was a huge music and movie lover. She had an extensive vinyl collection, so music was always playing in the house. Read more>>

Margarita Rodriguez

After 15 years, this multicultural city has become my home. In my 28 year career, I have participated in various exhibitions in Venezuela, the United States, as well as in various group exhibitions in Barcelona (Spain), Mexico, Brazil, Romania, and Paris. I have also done illustrations for magazines and worked as a curator for several galleries. Read more>>

Thais Preston

A friend asked me to photograph her for her engagement, stating “you’re very creative, I know you’ll do a good job.” I excitedly accepted the task, which was repeated months later for the same friend’s maternity pictures. To improve, I played around with some basic editing, studied some posing, played with angles… My friend was pleased with my work and casually stated: “you should do this professionally!”. I laughed, amused at the thought. Read more>>

Oswaldo Arostegui

I spent a lot of my childhood with my numerous cousins. Every weekend we would come together and hang out whether it was a birthday, holiday or if we just wanted to spend time together. You could say that my cousins are like my other siblings. Most of my life I wanted to be a doctor, specifically a pediatrician. I was inspired by my grandfather who was a doctor as well. Read more>>

Jackie Arias

After much thought, I decided to study Commercial and Graphic arts in college while still doing photography on the side. After ten years of working in the art field, I decided to go back to school and study photography again. During that time, my son was born, so it was a great time to change my career and start working on what had always been my passion, photography. Read more>>

Jess Catalano

My siblings and I were taught to excel in our studies with the goal of getting good grades and, ultimately, putting ourselves through college. A college education seemed to be the end goal — a “golden ticket” of sorts to success beyond what my parents had ever known for themselves. Consequently, I grew up with a very rigid view of success: school, college, and a professional career. Read more>>

Wen-Ju Chien

I made the most out of it and am thankful for everything I have learned. FIU became my home and I loved it. I gained valuable experiences, skills, friendships, and insights through campus involvements, courses, and working at various jobs to make ends meet. It took a while to find and create a particular style of drawing, but I really appreciate how I can express myself in art. Read more>>

Mia Scornavacca

I got my accounting degree from FIU and started my career as a CPA. In the 90s, I got married, moved to central Florida, and had three amazing children. In the 2000s, I got out of an abusive marriage, became a single mom, and started exploring different interests, which I could not do while I was married. In 2008, I accompanied my youngest son to his first improv class and I was hooked. I ended up taking classes, graduating, and performing on and off for almost ten years. Read more>>

Jesenia Perez

Daughter to a hard-working, single mother meant a lot of alone time at home while she was out providing for my siblings and I. Art was my way of going on adventures without physically leaving my home. As I got older that love for everything artistic remained but was put on a back burner once I had my first child at the age of 17. Read more>>

Isa Vizcarra

Pottery gave me some of my first experiences transcending everyday life and losing myself in a creative outlet. I wasn’t really taught to cherish creativity and self-expression as much as responsibility, hard work and perfection, so I didn’t think to entertain art as a career. As a teenager, I found it easier to transcend my everyday life with things like music, nature, books, and drugs than to put in the work of opening up artistically/vulnerably without obsessing over people’s opinions. Read more>>

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