Join multidisciplinary artist Gustavo Oviedo and Alan Ket, co-founder and curator of the Museum of Graffiti, as they discuss “Symbiosis,” Oviedo’s visually arresting exhibition that reflects a highly personal, self-taught style of art.
Exploring the relationship between the bustle of Miami’s vibrant metropolitan streets and the tranquility of Biscayne Bay’s aquatic life, currents, and marine dystopia, Oviedo’s pieces includes large paintings of loose sea-like forms, mixed media collages, and visual representations of otherworldliness devoid of human language or graffiti letters. His palette is as colorful as the brightest coral reefs dipped in fluorescent pigments, and his ocean discoveries of shipwrecks, corals, and found pieces of pollution give power to his creative output and to a body of work that is rooted in marine life – and the impact of the streets of Miami he once prolifically tagged. The artist’s offerings convey the beauty of our waters, but scream out that he is not naïve to the recurring problem of humankind’s disrespect for our natural resources.
Oviedo’s book shares its name with the exhibition, and includes images from across his entire catalog of work inspired by Biscayne Bay. Through his ongoing 131 Projects, the artist created the graphic identity of Miami Book Fair Online’s new multimedia initiative, Here in Florida.