Archive for the Bios A – E Category

Carlos Betancourt, Multi-Media Artist, Bio

Posted in Bios A - E on March 16, 2012 by artoutmiami

Artist Carlos Betancourt was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In 1981 he moved to Miami Beach, Florida. Mr. Betancourt’s artwork is part of public collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, the Miami Art Museum, the San Antonio Museum of Art in Texas, the Bass Museum in Miami Beach, Museum of Art  Fort Lauderdale, Museo de Arte Ponce,  the Centro Atlantico de Arte Moderno in the Canary Islands, the Museum of Latin American Art in California, the Museo de Arte Moderno in Santo Domingo, and the Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami. Mr. Betancourt’s artwork has been included in multiple solo and group exhibits as well as art fairs such as Art Basel and Arco.  He is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including the Florida Department of State Millennium Cultural Recognition Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Grant, and the Miami Beach Arts Council Grant.  He has been awarded commissions to create artworks for various Art in Public Places programs. Betancourt is co-founder of 801 Projects, an arts studio center that provides studio space for visual artists based in Miami.  He currently keeps a studio in Miami while traveling consistently, producing artworks from different countries.


Luciana Abait, Artist

Posted in Bios A - E, Key Biscayne, Murals on February 26, 2012 by artoutmiami


Luciana Abait was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1971. From 1993 to 1997 she attended the National School of Fine Arts “Prilidiano Pueyrredon” in Buenos Aires. She also studied Art History at the University of Massachusetts and “Literature and Painting” at the University of Cambridge, England. Luciana Abait moved to Miami in 1997 and became a resident artist of the ArtCenter South Florida in 1998. At the end of 2005 she relocated to Los Angeles where she now lives and works. She is currently a resident artist of 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica, California.

Some of her solo exhibitions include Flow, Blue at Rockford College Art Museum in Illinois, A Midmorning Garden Dream and Still Chambers, held in conjunction with “FotoFest” at Mackey Gallery in Houston, Silent Structures at Naomi Silva Gallery in Atlanta, New Works at Jean Albano Gallery in Chicago, Swimming Rooms at the Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs in Miami, Into the Blue at 180 Grados de Arte Contemporaneo in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Visual Fields at TaiKoo Place, Hong Kong. She has participated in numerous group exhibits in the United States, the Caribbean and Europe such as Incognito at the Santa Monica Museum of Art in Los Angeles, The Paramilitary Show at the Fire Museum in Houston, the 54th Annual All Florida Juried Exhibition at the Boca Raton Museum of Art in Florida and Fresh at the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands. Her work has been reviewed in publications such as Art Nexus, Ming Pao Hong Kong, The Miami Herald, Arte al Dia, Chicago Reader, Chicago Sun-Times, ArtInvestor, Art in America and Art News.

Her work has been shown in numerous international art fairs such as Art Miami, Merryl Lynch ArteAmericas, Affordable Art Fair in New York, Art Palm Beach, Art Chicago and Arco in Spain.

Luciana Abait has completed various corporate and public commissions among them “Vistas”, a 24 feet mural commissioned by Miami- Dade Art in Public Places for Crandon Park Golf Course in Key Biscayne, Florida.

Abait’s works are held by private, public and corporate collectors from the United States, Europe, Latin America and East Asia. Some of these are: Florida State University, Permanent Art Collection of Neiman Marcus, Colonial Bank, Miami- Dade Public Library, Four Seasons, The Related Group, White and Case, Richard Shack Collection and University of Miami in Florida, King and Spalding in Houston, Lehigh University Museum and West Collection in Pennsylvania, Gerald and Barbara Levin in New York, Sprint Corporation in Missouri, Flint Art Institute in Michigan, the Federal Reserve in Washington D.C. and Freshfields and Swire Properties in Hong Kong.

Luciana Abait will be part of “Sur” Biennial, Los Angeles, in October 2011. Also, her projects “A Midmorning Garden Dream” and “Aquarium” have been selected by the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs to be exhibited during 2011 and 2012 at LAX.


Claire Breukel, Curator

Posted in Bios A - E on September 20, 2011 by artoutmiami

Claire Breukel

After graduating from the University of Cape Town, Claire Breukel began her career working for the South African Center for Photography and the Association for Visual Arts, both non-profit organizations. Invited to curate the 2002 Cape Town Month of Photography biennale, she went on to curate the Vision Photography Festival and Brett Kebble Art Awards, 2003 and 2004. Introduced to Miami through the Rubell Family Collection, she took the position of Executive Director at Locust Projects, a renowned alternative non-profit. Whilst in Miami she participated in a number of art-related boards including as Vice Chair of Miami Beach Art in Public Places. Following this she became nomadic in her role as Coordinator of PUMAVision and Curator of PUMA.Creative, focusing on developing the arts specifically within Africa and the Caribbean region. Here she collaborated on numerous creative projects, including the Arts in Marrakech festival, 8th Bamako Encounters biennale, Global Caribbean symposium, Caribbean Studies Association conference, Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation, Yves Behar at the Design Museum, London, Isaac Julien at the Bass Museum, Miami as well as art social networking sites and Breukel is an independent curator and arts writer interested in contemporary art that falls outside of conventional modes of exhibition, and often affiliated with “developing” regions. She has written for Eikon, ArtPulse, Wynwood magazine, Arte Aldia and has a weekly column on She has curated exhibitions in Cape Town, New York, Miami, Vienna and San Salvador. 

Francisco Brennand, Artist ( Bacardi Building #1)

Posted in Bios A - E on September 17, 2011 by artoutmiami

Francisco Brennand With Other Works

Written by Paul Barnett

Francisco Brennand is one of the most important and celebrated artists in Brazil. He was born on June 11th 1927, the son of a wealthy industrialist, Ricardo Monteiro Brennand, whose Irish family had arrived in Brazil in 1823 to work as peasant farmers. The unmarried daughter of a sugar magnate took a liking to Brennand’s father, who was employed by her father. She later inherited her father’s property, and when she died, willed her entire estate and immense wealth to Ricardo Brennand.

From an early age, he worked at the São João Pottery his father had founded in 1917, and he was an informal pupil of potter Abelardo da Hora. He also developed drawing skills, made caricatures, and illustrated the poems of his contemporary, Ariano Suassuna. His talent for painting was helped when his father invited several artists to paint landscapes surrounding the São João Engenho (sugar mill), including Álvaro Amorim, Balthazar de Cãmara, Mário Nunes and Murillo La Greca. Brennand later became a student of La Greca, whose work can be seen at the gallery named after him in Recife.

It was with La Greca that Brennand created his first sculpture A Cabeça de Deborah (Deborah´s Head). In 1947, he received his first prize for painting from the Art Salon of the State Museum of Pernambuco. Two years later he travelled to Europe to study ceramics, visiting France, Belgium, Switzerland, Spain and Italy. During his travels he was influenced by Picasso, Miró, Léger and Gaudi. When he came back to Recife, he revisited the São João Pottery, which had been idle since 1945 and lay in ruins. Then, in 1971, he set about restoring the site, situated close to the Capibaribe River in the midst of Mata Atlântica (Atlantic Forest). The project, his volume of work and his reputation, all grew. Today he is known internationally and his work has been exhibited, and won prizes, in many cities.

At 82, Brennand still works on the site and has completed many projects in the past few years. Two of the oldest and most spectacular features of the complex are the water and sculpture garden that were landscaped by Brazil´s most famous landscaper, Brule Marx. Between temples, ponds and fountains are many of Brennands works including murals and sculptures inspired by flora, fauna, mythological, historic and literary figures. Many are also vey sexual and erotic, based on Brenand´s main focus of study, the female body.

Inside the large warehouse style buildings are yet more surprises. There are over two thousand sculptures of many forms, ornate rooms and a sunken pit theatre. Close to the garden and warehouse buildings is the Accademia building which was opened in 2003. It houses houses over 200 of his paintings and drawings.

In addition to Oficina Brennand, his work can be seen in other parts of Recife, and all over Brazil. The most famous of his other work in Recife is the Parque das Esculturas (Sculpture Park) on the reef that can be seen from Marco Zero Square in Recife Antigo. Centerpiece of the park is the 32meter column of concrete, clay, ceramic and bronze. It was inspired by a flower discovered by Brule Marx. The 90 exhibits can be viewed up close by taking a boat crossing from the quayside in Marco Zero.

Lady Aiko

Posted in Bios A - E, Bios K - O on May 23, 2011 by artoutmiami

Aiko, born in Tokyo, currently resides in New York since the mid ‘90’s. She received her BFA from Tokyo Zokei Art and Design University and MFA at the New School Media Studies in NY. Lady Aiko, as she is better known, incorporates sexy feminine figures, floral designs, and pop culture images utilizing both stencil, spray paint and silkscreen print to create her large scale works.

Lady Aiko

Alexis Diaz and Juan Fernandez (La Pandilla), 2nd and 3rd from left

Posted in Bios A - E, Bios F - J, Bios K - O, Graffiti Art, Miami Beach on May 22, 2011 by artoutmiami

La Pandilla- Consists of Alexis Diaz and Juan Fernandez, friends and grads of the Central School of Visual Arts, Puerto Rico.

Mission: To rescue, using their murals, abandoned buildings whose decay affects the mood of the neighborhood.

Chor Boogie, AKA Jason Hailey

Posted in Bios A - E, Bios F - J on May 21, 2011 by artoutmiami


The intentions behind my art work are to create timeless dynamic moments of Imagination, Creativity, Originality, Meaning, Style, Self Expression, Audience, Taste, and the Visual Elements of Line, Light, Composition, Form, Space, and Color. This is what defines my work and defines me as an individual, and allows me to still keep an unselfish perspective on “Why do I do this?” Simply because its a talent I’ve been blessed with to give to you.


The artistic differences and politics of this spray paint culture, In my work I bring an understanding of the STREETS are where I come from the STREETS are my urban canvas the STREETS are where I practiced daily. Contemplating the influence of life in the streets is there and always will be, but so is realizing the horizon is much broader and stepping out of my box into new worlds. My mission is to uplift this spray paint element to a more visionary and fine artist perspective while maintaining a balance keeping the respect of choice alive.

My artwork is derived from the colors of my soul. It is a therapeutic flow of colors, shapes, and movements combined in to one. A movement of images that has adapted to space giving it the significance of belonging to its surface, coming together as one and forming images of creation. Expressing realms of colors that give a healing sense and encourages you to wake up.