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Thought-Provokers: Miami Beach

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

Maritza Caneca

Maritza Caneca’s artistic career began in the 1980’s, in Still’s photography in cinematographic filming. In this photographic category comes the opportunity to explore, from fragments of a film, the poetic synthesis of a larger narrative. Thus, capturing fragments of the scenes of the films, the photographer of Still fixes in an image its totality narrative. Read more>>

Skip Brea

I worked on becoming proficient within the entire adobe suite by teaching myself how to maneuver the creative cloud and create my own work. Working through a DePauw Fellowship, I earned a full tuition scholarship to receive my Masters of Fine Arts at Florida State University, where I’m currently a candidate in my second year. Read more>>

Dominick J Daniel

I was bitten by the acting bug later in life. Which I feel I benefited from. Bring more life experience to the characters. I mainly work in the theatre. Which I compare to playing in a band. Also, the audience immediate response is the fuel. I truly enjoy creating various characters and explore their world. Which is always fun. Read more>>

Gabrielle Johnston

I finally broke out my shell and took some of the negativity that I was given every single day of my life and turned it into a positive. The “you’ll never find a man to love you because you look like a man” makes me chuckle till this day. I am 19 years old, about to be 20 on February 2nd. Read more>>

Orel Brodt

I grew up in a creative household and knew from early on that it was my dream to be a fashion designer. I have sketches starting at 7 or 8 years old of all the different garments I dreamt of making. I spent the first half of high school at DASH, Miami’s leading arts magnetic high school before moving abroad to finish my studies. Read more>>


Her initial breakthrough as a self-taught makeup artist led her to build a highly successful career utilizing faces as her canvases. After working over 10 years within the fashion and media industries, Haiiileen marked her transition into the world of art through her first experimental installation, “Aileen’s Aliens.” Read more>>

Shane Bullock

I taught myself how to paint and draw and experimented in many different forms of art from graffiti to comic book illustrations to portraits and now abstract art. I then used my art and made handmade clothing for a while to get my art out there. Read more>>


I started making jewelry and a little business formed. In 2016 I had this calling from the depths of my soul to start exploring my art again, and I’ve been making art every day ever since. Read more>>

Katz Isaac

Blending technically sophisticated computation with the intuitive eye of an artist, he now has a retail store in Mexico City with plans to expand internationally by the end of the year. He is a pioneer in the simulation-based design and in its application to create physical products via 3D printing technology. Read more>>

Derek Weisberg

I began sculpting at a very early age starting with the medium of mashed potatoes as soon as I could hold a fork and knife, moving onto action figure assemblage when I could load a hot glue gun, and at age seven, I turned to the medium of ceramics, which was the beginning of my lifelong love and ultimate passion. I unwaveringly pursued ceramics sculpture throughout my childhood and teens, in Benicia, CA, where I was raised. At age 18, I moved to Oakland, CA, to pursue my love for ceramics and art in general and attended California College of Arts and Crafts. At CCAC, I received several awards and graduated with high honors in 2005 with a BFA. Read more>>

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