Miami Art Week, an annual event that showcases emerging and established artists from around the world, is a vibrant stage for talent. With multiple fairs, galleries, and exhibitions happening across the city, it offers a spectacular platform for artists to shine. As always, a few rising stars managed to grab the limelight with their unique offerings. This year was certainly no exception, with several artists making notable debuts and creating a buzz across Miami.
Alejandro Piñeiro Bello's stunning landscape paintings were a major highlight at various venues throughout Miami Art Week. From a solo show at the Rubell Museum, where he was also an artist in residence, to exhibitions at local gallery KDR, Marquez Art Projects, and Pace Gallery's booth at Art Basel Miami Beach, his work was everywhere. Having built significant momentum in his career with a solo show at Pace Gallery in Seoul earlier this year, Piñeiro Bello is definitely a rising star.
Melissa Joseph also made her mark at Miami Art Week with her enchanting felted textiles. Her work was featured in a group show curated by Larry Ossei-Mensah and presented by ARTNOIR at the UBS Art Studio in Art Basel Miami Beach. Her work was also showcased at ICA Miami as part of the museum's recent acquisitions. With a much-lauded solo show in New York and growing interest in her work, Joseph's star is certainly ascending.
The artists of Spinello Projects also drew attention during Miami Art Week. The gallery presented a series of five solo shows titled "GAY ERA," featuring artists whose works embody a rich tapestry of queer experiences. Artists like Barnaby Whitfield, Giorgio Celin, Juan Arango Palacios, and Adolfo Rene Sanchez presented solo shows. Additionally, Esaí Alfredo, a rising Puerto Rican artist represented by Spinello, had a tremendously successful solo booth at Art Basel Miami Beach, with his captivating figurative paintings selling out within the first hour and a half of the fair.
Photographer Camila Falquez emerged as a standout artist at Miami Art Week. Her work, which gives recognition and empowerment to the Colombian trans community, was acquired by the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) for their permanent collection. She also held a solo booth at NADA Miami. Falquez, who was named Fashion Photographer of the Year at the Latin American Fashion Awards, has seen her photographs published in various publications.
Brazilian artist Sallisa Rosa made a strong U.S. solo debut with her large-scale installation "Topography of Memory." The installation, commissioned by Audemars Piguet Contemporary and curated by Thiago de Paula Souza, transformed the Collins Park Rotunda into a serene cavern. Rosa's work combines elements of caves and the cosmos, creating an enveloping and meditative environment.
Katie Stout, an artist who beautifully straddles the art and design worlds, also had a notable presence at Miami Art Week. Her solo show "Olympia" at Nina Johnson Gallery showcased her whimsical and wondrous creations, including glimmering vessels, bulbous lamps, and tall, whimsical pieces made from stacked female and animal figures.
Although not an artist, Sukeban, a Japanese wrestling league, brought an intriguing performance to Miami Art Week. Their presentation of five wrestling matches combined art, fashion, design, and sport, creating a unique and immersive experience for attendees.
Miami Art Week provided a platform for these rising artists to showcase their talent and gain recognition in the art world. With their innovative and captivating works, they have solidified their place in the contemporary art scene and are sure to continue making waves in the future.