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Luis Valle

Luis Valle aka El Chan Guri, is a Nicaraguan artist born April 16, 1977 in Managua, Nicaragua.  At an early age his family exiled to the United States due to war and political instability in his homeland.  Valle’s family re-located to Miami, Florida where he was raised and gained his primary education.   Growing up in Miami Luis excelled in the arts from an early age. Valle received his formal training from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida where he graduated with a BFA in Visual Arts. He later went on to receive a Masters in Arts Degree from New York University, where he developed an interest in video and video art while continuing his progression as a painter.

 

Currently Luis is very active creating commissioned murals as well as paintings for public art projects, corporate clients, yachts, hotels, cruise ships, malls, businesses, private homes and neighborhoods.  His work can be seen throughout South Florida. He is an internationally recognized artist with murals in China, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Mexico, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Cuba and throughout the US.    His style can be easily recognized, as it is a blend of influences fromindigenous cultures, psychology, shamanism, religion, spirituality, frequency, vibration and energy.  Luis is considered a staple in the Miami art scene and art community.

 

Luis believes that spirituality has been lost in the mix of commercialism and fashion in art. He strives to bring the essence of the soul to his artwork. He believes that humans are inherently spiritual beings who are here to realize the same goal. Which is the self-realization of thy self and destiny.

David Banegas,

Bolivian born visual artist David Banegas began his artistic journey at a young age. At a mere 11 years old he had his first art gallery showing in Campo Grande, Brazil. Self-portraits and images in their actual likeness were his main focus. At age 12, he painted a portrait of Bolivian President Hugo Banzer. Upon receipt of the portrait, Banzer awarded David the opportunity to study privately with Masaiko Fujjita, old master art teacher from Japan. During his two year apprenticeship, David mastered paintings of landscapes, florals, and buildings using unique brush techniques.

 

At the age of fifteen David moved to Carthage, Illinois as an exchange student. There he was able to learn English from his host family and attend art classes at Macomb University of Illinois. From there, David moved to Miami where he continued his studies at the Ft. Lauderdale Art Institute. Miami served as a fertile training ground where David grew exponentially.

 

“My technique is something that happens at the moment, it flows, I can’t explain it. It is just that moment. It can be really fast or it can be really slow, it can take forever, but it only happens that moment. “It is the art that God gives you, it is an unbelievable feeling.�

 

David remains dedicated to working for Women and Children’s Charities in Africa, United States and South America, as David says, “They are our future�.

 

David sums all of this work up as being “the pursuit of happiness’.

Shea Rutherford

Emerging out of the midwest, Shea is a self taught artist who engages in a wide array of mediums.  He started out as a charcoal portrait artist, eventually adding mural and canvas work to the mix.  He has worked with Andrew Luck, whom signed a painting and auctioned it for his charity.  He also did a sculpture bust of Snoop Dogg, it’s now sitting in Snoops home studio and being used as a chain and hat fixture!  But ultimately, Shea landed in the field of tattooing where he has made a name for himself. He’s not only a true creative but he’s a survivor of heroin addiction and brings inspiration to his followers, dedicating himself to everything he touches.

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