Discover new works of art at Shops at Merrick Park. As a hub for our vibrant community, we’re excited to share some amazing pieces by these very talented Miami-based artists.
Beginning September 18, local artists will be painting live at Shops at Merrick Park. All of the artists’ paintings will be made available for sale through an online auction after the series. All proceeds from the auction will benefit Coral Gables Community Foundation and Nicklaus Children's Hospital in support of their programs and services that strengthen the heart of our community.
Explore our community through the lens of these local artists-in-residence.
Alejandra is a self-taught Venezuelan artist based in Miami, Florida. Since a young age she has shown a passion for lines, shapes, and structures. This fervor led her to take formal studies in Graphic Design, graduating from the Art Institute of Tampa in 2014. Her training as a graphic designer and her passion for visual art has transformed into illustrative yet balanced visuals that represent her life’s experiences in every line.
Alejandra Gotera was born in Maracaibo, Venezuela in 1994. She started her journey in the arts at the age of 9, having always been interested in the extraordinary and what could be, she dived head first in surrealism and later on fell in love with abstraction. As she grew older and with the help of her family, she decided to attend the University of South Florida in Tampa where she attained her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art with focus on Painting along with certificates in Visualization and Design as well as Art History in 2017.
Born December of 1991, Ivan J. Roque is a visual and street artist from Miami, Florida. Raised in the inner city of the infamous Carol City with a passion for the concepts of birth, death, renewal and social struggles. His influences range from the old masters to the new such Caravaggio, Marc Rothko, Typoe and Gianni Versace. Roque has been able to accomplish many achievements for his young age, such as working with rapper Denzel Curry, collaborating with major brands like Samsung, Becks, Seagram's Gin, Ultra Music Festival and showcasing alongside established artists such as The London Police, David Detuna, John "CRASH" Matos and many more. He has traveled quite extensively for various exhibitions and murals including shows in New York City, Dubai, Seoul and mural festivals such as the Bushwick Collective Block Party, and Pow Wow Worcester. Roque also has had three gallery solo shows and one museum solo show at the Coral Springs Museum of Art. He has a Bachelor of Art in Visual Arts from the Florida International University.
Reinier Gamboa is a Cuban-born painter and artist hailing from Miami, FL. Born in Camaguey in 1984, he attended the New World School of the Arts and received his BFA from the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena (on a full Presidential Scholarship from 2002 to 2006). He taps into the tense uncertainties inherent in the myths and rituals of indigenous Native American, Latin and South American cultures (all of which contribute directly to his heritage) through exploratory color fields, human and animal totems, and the natural environment. He often presents his audience with figures of dancers at rest or in waiting, religious iconography captured as if in action, and creatures surrounded by vague swathes of subtropical and supertropical tones. Gamboa's work has been featured at venues in Miami, Santa Monica, Pasadena and St. Louis, including benefit exhibitions at Locust Projects (Miami) and Nucleus Gallery (Alhambra, CA). Accolades include a First Place prize in the 2012 Figure Now Art Contest at Fontbonne University (St. Louis) and winning Best of Show in the 2002 Down River Juried Printmaking Exhibition. Gamboa lives and works in Miami.
All of the artists’ paintings will be made available for sale through an online auction after the live painting series. Stay tuned for more details! All proceeds from the auction will benefit Coral Gables Community Foundation and Nicklaus Children's Hospital in support of their programs and services that strengthen the heart of our community.
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