Caribbean Art is Coming to Miami

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Art Basel is the leading global platform connecting collectors, galleries, and artists. It originated in Basel, Hong Kong, followed by the Miami Beach sector that came about in the years following being established. It is known to be a driving force in supporting galleries as they nurture the careers of artists. The five-day event also serves as a commitment to increasing the transparency and accountability of the art market. Initiatives, including Art Basel Cities and the recently announced Art Basel Inside, overall are striving to create unique artist-led experiences and strengthen local art scenes. Throughout the whole Basel experience, guests have the options of which art they can browse through by paying attention to which scenes will be set and where. If you are looking to support your local Caribbean talent, there is opportunity for that at Art Beat Miami.

Art Beat Miami is an annual satellite art fair showcasing emerging and renowned artists from Haiti and around the world. Put on in the heart of Downtown Little Haiti, Art Beat Miami features emerging and renowned artists, painters, sculptors, art exhibits, murals, performers and musicians. The festival brings together multidisciplinary artists working in collaboration to highlight the culturally rich and diverse creativity of local artists and the Caribbean Diaspora here and beyond. It is an experience of art, cultural, exchange, food, fashion and music inspired by Haiti and artists worldwide. During Art Basel Week, the Little Haiti Community invites you to discover multidisciplinary works of art by internationally recognized artists at the Caribbean Marketplace of the Little Haiti Cultural Center. Enjoy live music, food, mural exhibitions, fashion shows, special events, and conversations with artists.

At Art Beat Miami, a half-dozen Miami artists present work focusing on Haiti. In its sixth year, the fair is hosted by Little Haiti Optimist, Northeast Second Avenue Partnership and Haiti’s Ministry of Culture and Communications. Among the Haiti-based artists included are Olivier A. Gantheir (OliGa) and Claudia Apaid, who came to our studio to chat with Patrick on the air about what they will be showcasing and their specific experiences with the art scene as a Caribbean artist.

Caribbean art has always reflected the region’s rich past and the various waves of migration.

Incorporating different styles of European art with its own culture, Caribbean paintings should be read as a collage of all the different periods of island’s heritage.

With the exception of Haitian art, critics suggest that it was only in the 20th-century that we witness evidence of the local creation from Caribbean artists.

It will be very exciting to see the modern take on history repeating itself through the hard work of all the artists showcasing their work at Art Beat Miami 2019.


The art fair kicks off 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, December 4th, with a free musical performance in the Caribbean Marketplace and runs through Sunday, December 8th. All events will take place at the Little Haiti Cultural Center and Caribbean Marketplace, 212 NE 59th Terr., Miami, FL.

Information at / 305-492-7868




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