This past month, I had the opportunity of attending Art Basel Miami and despite the overwhelming feeling I felt from attempting to see everything I can possibly see, it was an incredible experience to be a part of. If you are unfamiliar with Art Basel, it is an international show displaying modern and contemporary art from galleries from all around the world. I discovered exceptional international artists that I’ve never even heard of and got to see artwork from some of my favorite artists in person that I have been virtually following for quite some time. The whole weekend felt like Disneyland for art aficionados, consistently being stimulated with art, art, and even more art! After going to 6 different art fairs, witnessing hundreds of pieces ranging from paintings, installations, and sculptures to murals, live activations, and digital art… I have narrowed down my top 3 favorite artworks I saw. Check them out below.
(#3) I came across this Italian artist by the name of Jisbar who is best known for his pop art. My favorite piece from him was “Rock ‘N’ John” because he used inspiration from other contemporary artists whom I admire: Takashi Murakami, Keith Haring, and Jean Michel Basquiat. Plus, I love The Beatles!
(#2) Here’s another piece I loved titled “Brosse Arretee Orange” by French artist Jean-Paul Donadini. Donadini is best known for his still life paintings, giving viewers a glimpse into a painter’s universe. I love how you can really feelthe artwork with its 3 dimensional paint brush sticking out from the canvas.
(#1) My ultimate favorite piece was titled “Guatama” from the series “Liquid” by Azerbaijani contemporary artist Faig Ahmed. Ahmed is best known for his surrealist weavings of oriental rugs made to look glitched.
In addition to Art Basel, be sure to check out the lesser known art fairs next year happening just blocks away from the Convention Center. Some of my favorite art fairs were Scope, Untitled, and Pulse. What other art fairs do you follow or have visited recently? Let us know in the comments below.