WEEK OF NOV. 28 – DEC. 4

@ SCOPE MIAMI BEACH@ MACAYA GALLERY

AT MACAYA GALLERY

Knowledge Bennett
Chor Boogie
José-María Cundín
Danny Simmons

Nov 28th to Dec 4th, 2016

“Painting Under The Influence”

Macaya Gallery Opening Reception:
Thursday December 1st, 2016
6 PM to 10 PM

Knowledge Bennett

Knowledge Bennett, born Dec. 5, 1976 in Asbury Park, NJ, is a self-taught visual artist currently based in Los Angeles, California. Fueled by his own entrepreneurial record of success in various industries, Bennett has trained his artistic talent through work in commercial photography and fine art studio practices. Well versed in the rich history of the 1960’s American Pop Art Movement, Knowledge’s work displays a purposeful familiarity yet possesses a deeper and more meaningful conceptual understanding.

Immersed in modes of mechanical reproduction, he creates works of art that play to a sociological understanding of political and ideological tensions that resonate in today’s world. Recent works have been featured in numerous international art fairs and exhibitions as well as media outlets such as Vogue Magazine, The New York Times, Huffington Post, and Artsy. “Be it the world of politics, socioeconomics, entertainment, etc. one benefits greatly by understanding where we as a nation have been and are headed due to our values, traditions, and overall priorities. America’s history is a young history, the likes of an extremely talented young adult, whose ego and pride can sometimes get in the way causing us to, at times, fall short of our true potential.”

Nov 28th to Dec 4th, 2016

“American Mosaic”

Macaya Gallery Opening Reception:
Friday December 2nd, 2016
6 PM to 10 PM

Chor Boogie

Chor Boogie, aka Joaquin Lamar Hailey, is a critically acclaimed spray paint artist based in San Francisco, California. He was recently honored by Société Perrier as being number three among the Top Ten U.S. Street Artists. His visionary murals and art exhibitions have appeared all over the globe including venues such as the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, the Smithsonian, Museum of Public Arts in Baton Rouge, Museum of Art Puerto Rico, LA Art Fair, Torrance Art Museum in Los Angeles, Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego, Museum of Man in San Diego, San Diego Museum of Art, Children’s Museum in San Diego, Syracuse University Museum, and the Vision Arts Festival in Crans-Montana, Switzerland. Miami New Times named his mural on Macaya Gallery as the Best Miami Mural for 2016.

In October, 2010 Chor Boogie’s “The Eyes of the Berlin Wall”, sold for 500,000 euro making history for the street art genre. Clients include Google, Ritz Carlton, MTV Arabia, Anthony Robbins, Heineken, the Blackstone Group, Zazzle.com, Playboy, Rock the Bells, and the TJ Martell Foundation. His portraits have been commissioned by celebrities such as Hugh Hefner, Jay Z, the artist formerly known as Prince, Lady Sovereign, Wu-Tang Clan, Rage Against the Machine, and N.W.A. His politically charged series “The Divided States of America” was exhibited in 2012 in conjunction with the Democratic National Convention at the Elder Gallery.

Chor Boogie is recognized for having achieved a groundbreaking level of technical and emotional virtuosity in the medium of spray paint. He approaches his use of color as a form of therapy and visual medicine.

Through his dynamic range of artistic styles, Chor addresses issues of environmental preservation, class struggle, neo-imperialism, corporate corruption, racism, sexism, drug policy reform, substance abuse, health care, and indigenous peoples rights.

“Having emerged, in part, from the world of ‘Grati Art,’ Chor profoundly expounds on the genre in style, technique, form, composition, and conceptual underpinnings, as he can no longer be simply categorized as such. Viewers often nd it nearly unbelievable that his masterful works are created almost solely from spray paint.” – NBC News

José-María Cundín

Born in Bilbao, Basque Country, (Spain) in 1938, José-María Cundín’s professional trajectory expands more than a half century. Esteemed as an outstanding advocate of the historical Avant Garde in his native Basque Country, his rst one-man show was in Bogota, Colombia, where he lived during the ’50’s and created wide-ranging projects. Cundín established residence in the United States in 1958 in New York.  Before settling in New Orleans in 1964, where he is regarded with renown, he worked in Paris and Bruges, Belgium. In the 70’s he spent long periods working and teaching in Mexico. Cundín’s paintings and sculptures are in numerous Corporate and Private collections in Europe (including Spain, France, England, Germany and Belgium) and the Americas (the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil and Colombia) and his works hang in these Institutions: Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao; ARTIUM, (Contemporary Art Museum), Vitoria, Basque Country, Spain; Museo de Antioquia.  New Orleans Museum of Art; and Johnson & Wales University. Presently he resides and works in Folsom, Louisiana.

Danny Simmons

Danny Simmons, Jr., is an American abstract painter from Queens, NY, who once coined his particular style of painting as “neo- African Abstract Expressionism.” His talent and passion for the arts reaches beyond the canvas; He is a published author, poet, painter
and art philanthropist. He has become a leader in the art world with his philanthropic ventures, artistic talents and creative mind and drive.

The New York Times, in reviewing one of his art exhibitions, stated that Simmons “injects freshness” into his abstracts, and that they are “meticulously rendered and decoratively impressive.” Today, his works appear in prominent locales around the globe, including: Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn Museum, Chase Manhattan Bank, Deutsche Bank, Schomburg Center for Black Culture, The Smithsonian, United Nations, and, on an international scope has shown work in France, Amsterdam and Ghana. In 2015, he will
serve as a scholarly consultant for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) in Washington, DC.

Simmons is co-founder,along with his siblings, music mogul Russell, and hip hop legend Joseph Simmons aka “Rev Run”,and president of the Rush Arts Gallery. He is also founder and VP of the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization
“dedicated to providing disadvantaged urban youth with signicant arts exposure and access to the arts.” He is a former board member of the Brooklyn Museum, the Brooklyn Public Library, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the National Conference of
Artists. And his own works have been obtained by art lovers and renowned celebrities everywhere, including: music industry executive/producer Lyor Cohen, lm director/producer Stan Lathan, musical producer Andre Harrell, actorRon Perlman, renowned businessman Olivier Sarkozy, actress Annabella Sciorra, actor Will Smith, and many others.

Danny Simmons holds a Bachelor’s degree in social work from New York University, a Masters in public nance from Long Island University, and is the recipient of an honorary PhD from Long Island University. He continues to thrive at his ‘home gallery’ in
Philadelphia, PA.

MACAYA GALLERY ARTISTS AT

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Knowledge Bennett
Chor Boogie
José-María Cundín
Robert Ketchens

Nov 29th to Dec 4th, 2016

Scope Miami Beach 2016
801 Ocean Drive
Miami Beach, Fl

Booth D19

Knowledge Bennett

Knowledge Bennett, born Dec. 5, 1976 in Asbury Park, NJ, is a self-taught visual artist currently based in Los Angeles, California. Fueled by his own entrepreneurial record of success in various industries, Bennett has trained his artistic talent through work in commercial photography and fine art studio practices. Well versed in the rich history of the 1960’s American Pop Art Movement, Knowledge’s work displays a purposeful familiarity yet possesses a deeper and more meaningful conceptual understanding.

Immersed in modes of mechanical reproduction, he creates works of art that play to a sociological understanding of political and ideological tensions that resonate in today’s world. Recent works have been featured in numerous international art fairs and exhibitions as well as media outlets such as Vogue Magazine, The New York Times, Huffington Post, and Artsy. “Be it the world of politics, socioeconomics, entertainment, etc. one benefits greatly by understanding where we as a nation have been and are headed due to our values, traditions, and overall priorities. America’s history is a young history, the likes of an extremely talented young adult, whose ego and pride can sometimes get in the way causing us to, at times, fall short of our true potential.”

Chor Boogie

Chor Boogie, aka Joaquin Lamar Hailey, is a critically acclaimed spray paint artist based in San Francisco, California. He was recently honored by Société Perrier as being number three among the Top Ten U.S. Street Artists. His visionary murals and art exhibitions have appeared all over the globe including venues such as the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, the Smithsonian, Museum of Public Arts in Baton Rouge, Museum of Art Puerto Rico, LA Art Fair, Torrance Art Museum in Los Angeles, Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego, Museum of Man in San Diego, San Diego Museum of Art, Children’s Museum in San Diego, Syracuse University Museum, and the Vision Arts Festival in Crans-Montana, Switzerland. Miami New Times named his mural on Macaya Gallery as the Best Miami Mural for 2016.

In October, 2010 Chor Boogie’s “The Eyes of the Berlin Wall”, sold for 500,000 euro making history for the street art genre. Clients include Google, Ritz Carlton, MTV Arabia, Anthony Robbins, Heineken, the Blackstone Group, Zazzle.com, Playboy, Rock the Bells, and the TJ Martell Foundation. His portraits have been commissioned by celebrities such as Hugh Hefner, Jay Z, the artist formerly known as Prince, Lady Sovereign, Wu-Tang Clan, Rage Against the Machine, and N.W.A. His politically charged series “The Divided States of America” was exhibited in 2012 in conjunction with the Democratic National Convention at the Elder Gallery.

Chor Boogie is recognized for having achieved a groundbreaking level of technical and emotional virtuosity in the medium of spray paint. He approaches his use of color as a form of therapy and visual medicine.

Through his dynamic range of artistic styles, Chor addresses issues of environmental preservation, class struggle, neo-imperialism, corporate corruption, racism, sexism, drug policy reform, substance abuse, health care, and indigenous peoples rights.

“Having emerged, in part, from the world of ‘Grati Art,’ Chor profoundly expounds on the genre in style, technique, form, composition, and conceptual underpinnings, as he can no longer be simply categorized as such. Viewers often nd it nearly unbelievable that his masterful works are created almost solely from spray paint.” – NBC News

José-María Cundín

Born in Bilbao, Basque Country, (Spain) in 1938, José-María Cundín’s professional trajectory expands more than a half century. Esteemed as an outstanding advocate of the historical Avant Garde in his native Basque Country, his rst one-man show was in Bogota, Colombia, where he lived during the ’50’s and created wide-ranging projects. Cundín established residence in the United States in 1958 in New York.  Before settling in New Orleans in 1964, where he is regarded with renown, he worked in Paris and Bruges, Belgium. In the 70’s he spent long periods working and teaching in Mexico. Cundín’s paintings and sculptures are in numerous Corporate and Private collections in Europe (including Spain, France, England, Germany and Belgium) and the Americas (the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil and Colombia) and his works hang in these Institutions: Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao; ARTIUM, (Contemporary Art Museum), Vitoria, Basque Country, Spain; Museo de Antioquia.  New Orleans Museum of Art; and Johnson & Wales University. Presently he resides and works in Folsom, Louisiana.

Robert Ketchens

Robert Ketchens is a social realist painter, known for his layered artworks that are rich and deep in both color and symbolism. Not intending to be didactic, he creates paintings that reflect the social distinctions and complexities, past and present, of the African diaspora.  Ketchens’ work is rooted in traditional theory made fresh with modern applications and sensibility. He is drawn to sensitive themes that are symbolic of the larger search for dignity and humanity in black people. In his paintings, you will find visual quotes from American Masters including Henry Tanner, Romare Bearden, Charles White and Kerry Marshall.

Robert Ketchens was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1952. In the late 1970’s, he was given the opportunity to study abroad in Wiesbaden, Germany, where he learned traditional techniques in painting. These techniques have remained as the solid foundation through the continuing body of his work. He has had solo exhibitions nationwide, including those at the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp Museum, Fontbonne University Museum, and the Margaret Harwell Museum, all located in Missouri, and the Dusable Museum in Chicago. His selected group exhibitions include the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis, and the Museum Center of Records and Documents for Senegal in Senegal, West Africa, among others. His work is held in numerous public and private collections, most notably the permanent collection of the Illinois State Museum, and the Missouri History Museum.

Among his awards, he is a 2016 Purchase Award Recipient with the 22nd African American Art Exhibition in Louisville, Kentucky. His public works include a mural of the famous Olympian Jesse Owens, commissioned by Focus Films for the movie “Race” in 2016. Recently, Ketchens has received a commission from the Missouri History Museum to complete four portraits of St. Louis’ African American civil rights leaders and activists, for their 2017 exhibition titled “#1 in Civil Rights: The African American Freedom Struggle in St. Louis.” Ketchens lives and works in O’Fallon, Illinois.

Stuart Sheldon

“I’m With The Banned”

“Stuart Sheldon created one of the billboards, an American ag posing spiralized questions about freedom. To him, it’s about urging people “at a granular level” to start over, with less fear and more optimism.” LA Times

Stuart Sheldon (b. Miami, 1963) is an author and self-taught artist whose meticulous collage paintings and large-scale installations have been praised by the San Francisco Chronicle, Miami Herald, Dallas Voice and many others. His acclaimed recent exhibition, I’m With The Banned, focuses on the corrosive power of false narratives in political discourse and “raises awareness about injustices occurring throughout America,” says Miami New Times. His painting series, The Best Books Ever Written, was included in the 2015 Biennial at the Arts & Culture Center of Hollywood and featured by the Miami Herald as a “Pick of the Week” during Art Basel 2014. Miami New Times celebrated his 2015 Art Basel installation, Fancy Nasty, as Miami’s Weirdest Place. Sheldon’s work has been commissioned by Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, ForFreedoms.org and many others and can be found in collections around the world. He has participated in gallery shows and exhibitions in Paris, Brussels, Australia, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas and beyond.
Sheldon is currently collaborating with The New Tropic magazine on the television series ‘Meet Your Makers,’ an inside look at South Florida’s most interesting creators, which debuts in 2017 on PBS. Sheldon writes the Family Matters column for the Biscayne Times. He co-founded and was Publisher of Streaming Media Magazine during the rst dot-com boom. Follow his Fancy Nasty blog about art, humor, fatherhood and life at StuartSheldon.com.

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