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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.

Niaps Spain

Niaps was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. Her formative dance training began at age 11 at Beyond Belief Dance company in Mesquite, Texas. Niaps made her first televised appearance on America’s got talent (top 40) with BBDC. At the age of 16, she continued pursuing her career and signed her first entertainment contract with Six Flags Over Texas theme park. Read more>>

Felice Grodin

I was born in Bologna, Italy. At the time my father was in medical school studying ophthalmology. Since his courses were in Italian, I always thought how challenging it must have been to study medicine in a foreign language. My parents always traveled, so we moved back to New York, then San Francisco and then South Florida. Read more>>

Cris Savvy

I lived in Miami, Jacksonville, Virginia, New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut. I moved back to Miami when I was in 8th grade and got kicked out of Miami my 10th grade year, and my mom made me live in the Dominican Republic with my grandma, living out there I started to get more into music rapping with friends and whatnot at school until I decided to start recording my own stuff. Read more>>

Mimi Benrazek

Outside of class, I would draw similar crying faces on t-shirts, jackets and pants. One day, I got an opportunity to showcase a fashion collection of those crying faces hand painted on jackets and t-shirts when I was about 18 and had the time of my life doing it. I started getting a lot of custom orders and having pop up shops with my #mimified merchandise and it made me so excited that my eighth grade dream was coming to life. Read more>>

Mariapia Malerba

I always felt free– “like a butterfly,” one may say in Italian. I used to ride my Vespa, so it was easy for me to commute, meet friends, go places. I achieved a great sense of freedom and confidence by simply riding my little scooter. I was spending the entire summer at the sea. In Italy, I went to college to study fine arts, and I specialized in scenography. Then I moved to Como, northern Italy, where I mastered textile design skills. Read more>>

Dama Vicke

Miami is now my home. I came here at the age of 14. My music career started here in this city. I remember asking my mother for a bass guitar, a keyboard, and an electric guitar. I also remember my first job at a Dairy Queen waiting for my paychecks to hit a music store, bought myself a four-track and began recording my own songs. Read more>>

Antonio Pereira

I spent a lot of time trying to emulate the music that I loved. I had no real aspirations for writing or anything like that, only to reproduce what I was hearing. Around tenth grade I joined my first band “Enigma Addicts,” and of course, it was horrible, but through that band, I met Frankie Lujan, the drummer in my current group Pavlov’s Bell. Read more>>

Sam Miller

Focussing solely on the Fine Art secondary market, its blockchain driven core introduces more trust and transparency to fine art buying and selling, provides the potential for fractional ownership of fine art and the creation of limited edition digital editions, bringing more fine art in reach of collectors and improved access to artists. Read more>>

Claudio Roncoli

I have always worked the “Balance” in our lives, the balance we all seek for between the spiritual and material world. For that, I work with several techniques such as collage, paintings, sculptures, objects, screen printing, and also music. The concept is the most important thing in a piece of artwork, it’s what gives its sustenance through time and what makes it unique, different from everyone else’s. Read more>>

Jae Bucci

I was partially raised in east Texas, where things were definitely interesting at times. With the ups and downs art became an outlet for me. Color always fascinated me, how it mixed or how its all perceived differently. Makeup was something I noticed could change a perspective immediately. Putting on a fierce winged liner or a bomb contour makes you feel something. That passion is what drew me to Miami, and where my career eventually blossomed. Read more>>

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