Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Thank You Soul of Miami

Thanks to James Echols, Director of Soul of Miami, for his constant support of the Miami arts & events community.  The Soul of Miami website is a great tool to utilize to get your event posted and recognized in the South Florida community.

Check it out!  The "Transluminescent Fantasies" opening reception found its way to the SOM archives.

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Friday, June 25, 2010

"Transluminescent Fantasies" Opening Reception

GusColors has been selected by the Art Fusion Gallery jury to participate in their summer exhibition, Transluminescent Fantasies. This exhibition will feature 32 emerging to mid-career contemporary artists from across the globe. The opening reception for the summer exhibition is Saturday, July 10 from 7P-11P.

GusColors captures the energy and vibrance of his Miami lifestyle. He transforms real life into a playful and rambunctious form. His summer long exhibition at Art Fusion Gallery starts July 2 - September 22. 

To RSVP for the event, please visit the Facebook event page. 

For more information on GusColors, visit the GusColors webpage - or email

Visit the Art Fusion Gallery website for more information on Transluminescent Fantasies - or email

Monday, June 14, 2010

Artist vs. Brand

Since the beginning of this month, I've picked up two magazines with Romero Britto "gracing" the front, but then again, what hasn't he touched here in Miami? Just like the articles in both Poder magazine and the Miami New Times, Romero Britto can be found anywhere you look in Miami. And both articles posed the question of whether or not Britto is an artist or a brand.

Personally, I have never been a Britto fan. In fact, I had no idea who this Britto guy was before I moved to Miami. So, what's the big deal? Why has his happy go-lucky work spread like a virus and vommed it's way onto suitcases, collectibles and even custom paint for high-end luxury sports cars. I don't get it.

Britto has made it evident that he doesn't even do his own painting anymore. There's a "Diamond Dust" room in his unmarked warehouse in the Miami Wynwood Distrct, in which an elderly man applies carefully that familiar red glitter. And according to the other article, the only painting he does is picking out what color goes where, applies it with a brush in one small stroke, and his assistants to the rest. Is that how art is done these days?

I'll give him credit for his "rags to riches" story. In some way, it's admirable, but from that small beginning, a disgusting mess of colors has exploded over the Miami-Dade canvas. So, what does it take to turn an artist into a brand? And when will this Britto overload finally end?

Many people compare GusColors work to the "work" of Romero Britto, but in reality, there's no comparison. Sure, both Gus and Britto use bright colors and whimsical characters. And they both fall into the pop art genre. But I know one thing for sure, that GusColors enjoys what he does from an on-hand perspective. Not only that, but GusColors represents life in a more factual way. In the New Times article, it states, "Britto paints only happy subjects: smiling kittens, dancing clowns, and polka-dot palm trees. 'There's enough stress and ugliness in the world, why would I want to create more?'" GusColors on the other hand accepts the good with the evil, questions the peril of his characters, and actually spends hours on end at a single masterpiece.

Perhaps I am being biased, but I'm not the only one who thinks Britto is on overkill. His consumption of Miami doesn't allow other emerging artists a chance to get the exposure they deserve. Not that I ever wish bad things on people, I just hope that the next time Britto jumps behind the wheel of his Bentley after a few drinks at The Forge, that he runs into one of his familiar Miami landmarks.


Saturday, June 5, 2010

Last Night's FAME

Who would have thought that Doral, Florida would be the home to some of Miami's hottest emerging talent in fashion, art, music and entertainment? Held at the Doral Park Country Club, was FAME, hosted by SITV's Latina star, Sasha Cabrera. There was live entertainment on the main stage from the all-girl rock band, The New, as well as beats by DJ Crutch. The highlight of the night was duo Jeannine Prats and Ketty Hernandez, introducing their line Trouble X2. Artwork was displayed by yours truly, GusColors, in addition to Joel Blanco, Autumn Ariana, Ivan Galindo and a live painting by Floyd the Rock Artist.

The event received a lot of press, including the Miami New Times and a representative of the Miami Herald was in attendance. From last night's outcome and the number of people there is proof that these emerging artist's will have more than just last night to get their names out there.

Iris Vera, coordinator of the show, was beyond pleased by the work done in preparation of the event, also the work done by the staff of DPCC, the vendors and all participants. In speaking with Iris, who is an artist herself, she knows some of the financial struggles of young, emerging artists. She wanted FAME to be an affordable option for everyone to enjoy. "Some shows charge outrageous prices for participants, and I hate covers," she had said. Her vision of the show was to get names out there and wanted everyone who was there to enjoy the night. I must say, her mission was accomplished.

FAME was a great event to start the summer for GusColors. He is finishing up a new painting and is preparing for his 3-month exhibition at Miami Design District's Art Fusion Gallery, which represents over 700 artists worldwide. The exhibition, Transluminescent Fantasies, begins July 1st.

On behalf of GusColors, as well as last night's artists, thank you for your support of the arts.


Gus and Char on the Red Carpet

Gabriel Ramirez, GusColors, Luis Benivades

Floyd the Rock Artist

Models and Designers of Trouble X2

To view more photos from last night, visit the GusColors Facebook Fan Page

Thursday, June 3, 2010

All In A Day's Work

Gus and I just got back from a rainy, yet busy day for GusColors. First stop, Art Fusion Gallery in the Design District, in preparation for next month's exhibition, Transluminescent Fantasies. 2010 is going to prove to be the year for Gus and GusColors. Check back for more information on the exhibition which begins in July through the end of September.

Also, we met with Iris Vera at the Doral Park Country Club for tomorrow's event, F.A.M.E. This event is a fusion of Miami's undiscovered talent in fashion, art, music and entertainment (hence the name.) Gus is exhibiting some of his work there too. The venue is amazing, and the exposure, even better! Press starts at 7P, and representatives from the Miami Herald, Miami New Times, among others will be there. Join us at 5001 NW 104th Avenue in Doral, FL.

On behalf of Gus, thanks for all of your love and support! Hope to see you tomorrow.