Art Basel has been a significant part of the development of Paredes career.
"Art Basel has been an instrumental platform for raising awareness on my work, galleries and projects. Without it, I may not have had the opportunity to meet and introduce my work to art enthusiasts and media from around the world that the events attract year after year. And things are only getting better!” he says.
This can be evidenced by the four events, including celebrating the opening of his new studio in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood (it actually opened earlier in the year). Many who don’t make it to Miami often, or ever, might be surprised at how much of an art center the city (and nearby municipalities like Miami Beach) has become. Areas where, ten or so years ago, you would have been foolhardy to walk, are now full of artistes.
photos by Marcela Aguero
“Over the years, my Art Basel projects have grown in magnitude and increased by the numbers as a result of the previous years' success. For example, last year I held one exhibition and reception on Lincoln Road, whereas this year, I hosted a series of events at one of Miami Beach's iconic landmarks, The National Hotel, which I completely transformed into the Miguel Paredes National Gallery, as well as several receptions at my Wynwood space, Paredes Fine Art Gallery, and new Lincoln Road Pop Up Store. While I'm still recovering from the excitement, I'm already looking forward to planning what's in store for 2011!" says Paredes.
It truly was transformed into the Miguel Paredes National Gallery. In addition to Paredes’ paintings Pulgha merchandise was on display. Pulgha is an animated character created as part of Paredes digital piece, Pulgha & Birds Digital Art series.
Paredes' Pop Up Gallery is on display in Miami Beach at 412 Lincoln Rd until January 5th.
Paredes work has hints of graffiti, Japanimation but can also be realistic (the collection, Los Ninos, for instance). And while his works are often sold to collectors the art itself is certainly not elitist. It can appeal to a wide swath of art aficionados and even folks who don’t, generally, give much thought to art.
For more information head to the Miguel Paredes Website, www.miguelparedes.com.