Maria was born in El Cairo Valle, a remote village located in the Andes mountains in Colombia. She has lived in New York and Texas. Maria has a BFA from SVA, School of Visual Arts in New York, where she studied graphic design. She is a mixed media artist and works from her art studio located in The Bird Road Art District in Miami. Maria draws daily; she takes inspiration from natural or discarded man-made objects from the environment to create works of art. Her work is diverse, ranging from artists books, large size collages, mixed media on a variety of surfaces and large size murals.
Maria works intuitively, guided by memories and imagination; her preferred techniques are mixed media and paper collage. She is interested in the aesthetic of color, texture and form and its potential to communicate universal messages of the past and present. Scraps from old books, magazines, cardboard, old notes and letters and other discarded ephemera becomes elements of her artwork, merging through layers of colors and textures to create a new story about identity, community and nostalgic reflection.
From the early age of 5, Alejandro showed artistic talent through the drawings and paintings that he made. He continued painting alongside his graphic design career, which took up a lot of his time. However, he is now newly committed to his artwork since the opening of his Studio/Gallery, Dopico Lerner - Morales Art Studio at the Bird Road Art District.
Alejandro holds a Associates Degree in commercial art from Martin Technical College and studied fine art and design under the artist Hernadez-Lovio in Miami, Florida in the 1980s. He started working in advertising as a graphic designer in 1985 where he jump-started a career that has lasted 30 years, becoming an art/creative director for Inter-American Communications - (IAC) Advertising, and later Trimention Advertising. Alejandro holds over 10 ADDY Awards in Advertising for local and regional clients in the Hispanic and General Markets and has been covered in various local print outlets in Miami, Florida, including the Who’s Who in Advertising Magazine.
Ignacio Font is an artist and educator in Miami,FL. He received a Masters of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York City and a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Florida International University in Miami, Florida. Ignacio works predominantly with oil paint, but does wander into other media. His works concentrate on a need to create visual spaces that give a sense of belonging, countering the residue of Ignacio's early childhood feelings of exclusion, of never fitting in anywhere. This need goes back to an early exchange with a painting at a museum and the embrace experienced - his first and most powerful encounter of an accepting visual place/space. Ignacio and his wife live and work in Miami, FL with family, and operates Warehouse 4726, an artist-run space in the Bird Road Arts District.
Jean Blackwell Font
Jean Blackwell Font is a mixed media artist with a studio at Warehouse 4726 in Miami, FL. She is self-taught, learning from artists she knows personally or studying the life and art of those whose work she admires. Influenced by artists Francis Picabia and Romare Bearden, Wangechi Mutu, and Joseph Cornell, the artist has developed a visual vocabulary to express ideas and concepts important to her through painting, collage and mixed media.
Through her newest autobiographical body of work, Family Myths, she reviews the events of her life, the few faded memories she possesses, and the stories about her life that she has learned from others. While the focus of work, done with found objects and assemblage, is different from her earlier collage works, the artist’s voice and vocabulary continue to evolve, exploring her experience of being female, and of simply being.