by James Hurley | August 26, 2019

Flamingle: Top Five Native and New Florida Artists

Illustration by Stephen Lomazzo

Pepe Mar
Bright Spot

Mar’s wildly intricate multimedia pieces use fabric, paint, sculpture and paper to completely fill up a room with bright colors and busy-yet-cohesive patterns. The 42-year-old Mar reimagines traditional motifs and accepted cultural icons through his abstract works. Mar received his MFA from Florida International University and now lives in Miami, where trendy restaurants seek to display his art. His large-scale multidimensional pieces have appeared  in influential galleries from Miami’s lauded Locus Projects gallery to Pittsburgh’s Mattress Factory.

Conrad Garner
Mad Man 

There’s something timeless about the look of Conrad Garner’s posters and murals, like they took inspiration from the Mad Men era of advertising, his illustrations full of glamorous women with intricate up-dos and men whose beards follow the lines of their chiseled chins. It makes sense, then, that Garner’s work has ended up gracing so many products, from a Miller Lite beer bottle to a Queen concert poster. Even the logo on his website is a beer can emblazoned with his name and the promise “100% fresh, never expires.” The Tampa native’s work has been on display at the Epicurean Hotel.

Vickie Pierre
Haitian Heart

Pierre expresses her artistic vision through colorful, fluid shapes reminiscent of bits of fabric or clouds wrapped in string, pearls, ribbon, flowers or even hair. The threads hang and link the clouds together as they float through polka-dot skies. Born and raised in Brooklyn, the Miami-based artist draws on feminine preconceptions and ideals as well as her own history as a descendant of Haitians. Pierre has shown her art since the 1990s across the East Coast and in Miami’s Wynwood arts district. In 2019 she became a finalist for the Florida Prize in Contemporary Art. 

Lilian Garcia-Roig
Landscape Lover

Born in Cuba, Garcia-Roig heads up the painting and drawing program at Florida State University. She produces massive oil paintings of green, earthy environments. Garcia-Roig’s explorations of treescapes have graced the halls of FSU’s Fine Arts Building and the galleries of the Orlando Museum of Art. Showcasing delicate strokes and careful application of color, Garcia-Roig’s award-winning works are just as beautiful close up as they are from a distance, capturing every detail of the landscapes around her from Florida tropics and swamps to
the dense forests of the Pacific Northwest.

Hiromi Moneyhun
A Cut Above

After moving from Japan to Jacksonville, the artist began her journey while caring for her mother-in-law, who’d suffered a stroke. Although she has no formal art training, her distinctive style mixes traditional Japanese art, the modern aesthetic of metropolitan cities, giant images of moths, women in traditional clothing and motifs of her daughter. She creates lace-like patterns on large pieces of paper with a sharp traditional Japanese cutting tool, which she uses to cut away paper, slice by slice. Most of Moneyhun’s work reflects personal inspiration from her daughter, her mother and her life as a woman.  

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