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in 2012... of his own artistic evolution; Marcelo Holzinger, a multifaceted artist who loves to share his talent and support the art community; and the fascinating art photographer Carlos Rodriguez-Feo, an explorer by nature, who has created a unique career infusing his artistic vision with an insatiable technical curiosity. Indie cinemas came to me as part of my own inquiries about where to join independent movies in South Florida. The Seventh Art showcase is still screening at many venues across Miami and is helping to keep alive the international indie film culture. And look out for Little Haiti Nights and many more art events coming this February! It’s time for a fresh approach - go out and do something different. Art is always a good choice, and the artists will appreciate your support, For the Love of Art!

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cope – it’s the word that perhaps best describes the multifaceted Argentine artist Marcelo Holzinger, who has successfully explored art forms from graphic design to abstract painting. Holzinger’s childhood love for drawing and painting first led him to the Advertising and Design School in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and a 5-year long stint as a respected Art Director. But it would be his adventurous soul and his worldwide travels that would spark an international career.

Marcelo Holzinger The artist chose New York as his next home, attending design classes there and working for different publications as a graphic artist. The city’s performing arts, musicals, museums and galleries only intensified his passion for art and design. As part of his professional growth Holzinger relocated to Houston, TX where he continued evolving as an artist and exhibiting his work at galleries and art shows. A few years later, Miami captivated Marcelo’s imagination. “I felt completely energized and

inspired,” says the artist. “I love Miami, the nature, and the variety of people

walking around, the colors, flavors and textures are so vibrant and alive, and




diverse artist there’s a never-ending flow of activity.” The interior design of South Beach’ hotels held a special fascination for Holzinger. He went from designing

single rooms to decorating entire properties. From time to time Marcelo put art pieces from others artists into his designed spaces. Then, he started to create his own custom paintings and artwork. His clients were impressed. “That gave me more confidence and fueled me to further pursue my career as an abstract artist”, he says. He still does graphic design and interior decorating projects, but his major focus is now on his abstract paintings. “The canvas allows me to flow most freely and purely, without limitation. I let my instincts take over as the work moves through its own process”, says Marcelo, who continues to

explore and try different things with paints. Holzinger’s design skills, however, remains an indispensable foundation for his work, and he appreciates the artistic expression inherent of all the different art forms he commands. Furthermore, Marcelo is a big supporter of art fundraisers, and he gladly uses his art to help different causes. He also takes a very

active role in the local art community, supporting its growth through difficult times and incentivizing new artists to let their art be an expression of who they are, with no fear, no reservations. The upcoming exhibitions of Marcelo will be held at Ft. Lauderdale in February and Coconut Groove in March. More dates and venues at http://www.

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EspaĂąola Way to the Historic City Hall in South Beach, it features selected independent films of the high quality that the public demands. One block away, on Washington Avenue, The Wolfsonian-FIU occasionally presents different genres of films, with free entrance.

Cinema Paradiso


hinking about independent films is a great idea if the plan is to go to the movies. Today, you don’t need to be a film lover to enjoy a good production from outside the commercial film market, and there are many places to go for indie films. The film culture of Miami and Fort Lauderdale offers options; classics, independents, foreign, and festivals are windows for those looking for alternative films. One of the oldest cinemas, the Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center in downtown Miami, was built in 1926 as a silent movie palace. Today, it is a restored theater, where films share space with live performances and community events. It also hosts galas for the Miami International Film festival.

From the same age, The Tower Theater, located at SW Eighth Street (Calle Ocho) and 15th Avenue, was one of the finest art theaters in South Miami. It continues to function as a gathering place for the Little Havana area, offering alternative film exhibitions and free educational lectures. The beautiful Art-Deco style Colony Theater, in the heart of South Beach, is part of the National Register of Historic Places; it currently offers special screenings, and is host to both the Brazilian Film Festival and the Miami Short Film Festival. Since 1993, The Miami Beach Cinematheque has been an innovative source of film culture in Miami. Recently moved from

At the University of Miami in Coral Gables, the Bill Cosford Cinema opens its doors to the community every weekend with a selection of contemporary, classic and foreign films in a classic widescreen format. Colony Theatre

Cosford Theatre

dent cinema, focused on first-run independent, foreign, art, and niche market films, not seen anywhere else, at very affordable ticket prices. Fort Lauderdale is home to one of the most remarkable venues for independent projections: Cinema Paradiso. This unique movie theater, located in downtown Fort

The new Coral Gables Art Cinema opened in 2010 as one of the most comfortable venues for experiencing diverse alternative films, during the whole year, with true theater-quality digital projection. The neighborhood art house in Wynwood Arts District, O Cinema, is a cutting-edge indepen-

Miami Beach Cinemateque

Lauderdale, presents an exquisite selection of films screenings and film festivals. With all of these options, there should be enough film alternatives for everyone.

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aising awareness of emerging important local and world issues through art, while raising funds to aid those in need in our community and abroad, is the mission of Elio Mercado, known as Evoca1, a Dominican artist who is trying to use his artwork to show people that, although the world is in a constant state of decay, there is a way to recover the balance. Evoca1, fascinated by art from an early age, has developed his own figurative style of painting with little or no training, and about a year ago he started to pursuit painting as a professional career. He likes to use a wide range of mediums, aiming to provoke thought about political and social issues. Inspired by mankind’s constant battle against itself, others, and even its surroundings, and the state of oppression that results from the struggle to be superior, he shows everyone the world though the underdog’ s eyes… “I get a lot of my influences

from a lot of street artists such as Swoon, as well as many traditional portraiture artists in the likes of David Leffel. Also, Guy Denning, who is more of a merge of Urban and traditional arts”, Evoca1 says.

The memory of his father taking all his cash to help an old woman that saw him grow up in his neighborhood stuck in Mercado’s mind. “I always knew that I wanted to do something to give back and help people in need”. Evoca1 states. After a couple of efforts to help people, in vain, he and his wife Yuri decided to perform another humanitarian act. In November of 2010, they decided to make food for homeless people for Thanksgiving, and they have repeated the gesture every month ever since. Family, friends and volunteers come out to help and distribute the food they prepare, on the 3rd Sunday for Hunger of every month, feeding more than a hundred homeless people in the downtown Miami area. To make this possible, he uses funds from his artwork towards the Evoca1 Sketches For Mankind project. “I feel that as a conscious individual, it’s my obligation to do more than just breathe and consume all of the resources the world has


He found T-shirts to be an excellent way to share his artwork, as an option for people to get his creations at an affordable price, and also as a great way to raise funds for his Sketches For Mankind, a project established to raise consciousness through art and raise funds to help people in need.


to offer”, says Evoca1. He feels that too many people ignore their surroundings, choosing to live their lives selfishly. Evoca1 will keep making art and having exhibitions, trying to reach as many people as he can and have a positive impact on their lives and the way they see the world. He’s also looking forward to launching the apparel company he’s being working on for the last couple of years, and use that as a way to reach a larger audience. He’s working hard to expand the Evoca1 Sketches For Mankind project, in order to be able to increase his humanitarian efforts to help people in different parts of the world. Stay updated on this art-help project and learn how to contribute:

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etween the clamps and the shutter is where you’ll usually find the skilled hands of Carlos Rodriguez-Feo, the Cubanborn oral and maxillofacial surgeon and Miami-based fine art photographer. Gifted with an artist’s eye and a technician’s curiosity, Carlos awoke to the wonders of photography at the age of five, when he received his first camera. Decades later, the results of his explorations are on display at ATELIER 1022 Studio and Fine Gallery in Wynwood. But Carlos Rodriguez-Feo is not simply concerned with taking beautiful pictures. Ever a man of science, Carlos possesses a keen understanding of how technological things work, which motivates him to rescue disappearing photographic processes, and to restore antique, vintage and earlier cameras to perfect working condition. He then goes a step further, combining historic sensibilities with modern know-how, by creating cutting-edge images with what might otherwise be considered obsolete gadgets. Through this labour of love, he reveals to today’s digitally-possessed generation the timeless beauty of photographs captured by tools and methods that never grow old.

A journey into the past and future of photography with Carlos Rodriguez-Feo

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What makes you unique as an artist, as a fine art photographer? Through the merging of vintage tools and techniques with new technologies, I seek to break from the bleak outlook and sensationalism of the latter half of the twentieth century, and to reintroduce a more refined aesthetic. I seek to put ‘artistic’ back into ‘art.’ What are your most favorite photographic processes and why? Currently on display at the gallery are some of my large format black-and-

white shots; as well as infrared color and infrared black-and-white prints. Among my favorite photographic processes are large format black-and-white film photography, infrared photography, 3-D photography, and Polaroid transfer photography. I feel that black-and-white film still has the most extensive palette, dynamic range, and the broadest tonality of any photographic process. I also enjoy immensely working with infrared photography because it involves the use of “light” invisible to our eyes. This introduces an element of unpredictability

to each shot. We thus learn to see the world from beyond our perspective. How does this compare with today’s common use of Photoshop? The colors in infrared photographs are as the camera sees them, unaltered. A similar unpredictable nature is inherent in the Polaroid transfer process, but unfortunately, the materials for this process are no longer being made. What about 3-D photography? Is it a reality or does it lay in the future? 3-D photography is a ‘vintage’ technique, made again possible today with very modern, cutting-edge cameras. I enjoy shooting 3-D photography because it makes the world come to life as it truly is. In 3-D photography the composition and perspective of a photograph becomes an important element of technique. The golden days of 3-D movies and photography are still ahead of us. What is more important to you, technique or composition, and why? I believe both are essential tools available to the photographer to be used in the expression of his vision. A successful photograph depends on skillful use of technique as well as of composition. What steps should an aspiring/amateur photographer take to learn about dark-

Where do you see the future of photography in the next 2-3 decades? Changes will come in many aspects of photography. Developments will continue in software along the lines of what HDR (high dynamic range) processing is doing to redefine the concept of exposure. Improvements will also be coming through image capture devices with greater dynamic range. I personally envision the replacement of optical lenses with virtual lenses, more free from distortion; and possibly lenses using dynamic focus and aperture, which will redefine the concepts of depth of field and exposure. Image production will certainly continue to improve with new printing technologies, inks and papers. Nevertheless, the way in which we exhibit and view our photographs will also evolve. I believe that still photography and motion pictures will eventually be blurring into each other as a possible direction of viewing photographs, and the distinction between the two media will be less acute. I fear that the area of image storage is one where vast innovations are needed if any of our photography is to survive into the future. However, one thing cannot change: photography will

always be the process of drawing with light.


What would be your dream assignment as a travel photographer? If I were to be offered the dream assignment as a travel photographer, it would have to be to photograph “Around the World in Eighty Ways,” an opportunity to explore the whole world using a plethora of techniques, processes and styles. For more images and exhibitions:


always be with light”

room, film, infrared, and other off-thebeaten track forms of photography? As a self-taught photographer, I believe that hands-on experience is the best teacher for aspiring photographers and for those wishing to learn darkroom, infrared and more esoteric forms of photography. I recommend reading as much as possible, a task made easier by the Internet; participating in seminars, courses and workshops that emphasize handson participation; and above all shooting photographs and experimenting.

Carlos is partner and fine art photographer in residence at Atelier 1022 Studio and Fine Art Gallery in Wynwood. His 2012 feature show “ALTERNATIVE Photography” will take place at ATELIER 1022 on May 12th.





Every third Friday, Miami’s Little Haiti comes alive, bringing the best Haitian talent to the public, with different alternatives for everyone. Since March 2011, the Little Haiti Cultural Center and The Rhythm Foundation have attracted more than 1000 people every month to the Little Haiti Big Night, a free night out that also involves art studios, restaurants, shops and clubs.

From 6PM-10PM, every third Friday, Little Haiti opens up with a free, family-friendly night of music, art, food, culture and fun. The event features free music on the plaza, with international Haitian artists playing uptempo konpa and zouk, sophisticated kreyol jazz, as well as racine groups. The Cultural Center gallery also holds special exhibitions of contemporary visual art by different prominent Haitian artists. Global Caribbean III, Haiti Kingdom of this World, the title inspired by Alejo Carpentier’s novel, is a group exhibition of 18 contemporary Haitian artists on exhibit in the gallery at the Little Haiti Cultural Center through March. The exhibit comes to Miami after being featured at the firstever Haiti pavilion at the Venice Biennale earlier this year.


in Little Haiti The Haitian Cultural Arts Alliance features additional work from the Global Caribbean III exhibit, and 7th Circuit Studios, just across from the Center at NE 59th Street, opens the doors to its gallery and boutique. The kids also have a space during the Little Haiti Big Nights; there is a workshop with art classes, where children can get involved with a little bit of community art, sharing with their parents and another kids. Arts and Crafts vendors, Haitian food and DJ music complement the event.

They also host the after show jam, starting at 10PM, featuring the Moksha Roots All Stars. Big Night in Little Haiti – Third Friday of the month, 6 PM - 10 PM at Little Haiti Cultural Center 212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami 33137



Where to go

this month?

Miami Beach Antique Show: Feb 2nd to 6th – 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Miami Beach Convention Center - 1901 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach Gables Gallery Night: Feb. 3rd. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. (first Friday of the Month) Downtown Coral Gables, Miami Speak Fridays: Feb. 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th (Every Friday)

Inner Look - 4925 SW 74 Court, Miami Jazz Jam: Feb. 3rd 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (first Friday of the Month) ArtServe - Ft. Lauderdale Branch Library - 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd. Ft. Lauderdale Lincoln Road Art Walk: Feb. 4th 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. (first Saturday of the Month) 800, 810 and 924 Lincoln Road Miami Beach

Coconut Groove Art Walk: Feb. 4th 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. (first Saturday of the Month) Coconut Groove, Miami Miami International Map Fair: Feb. 4th & 5th - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Historymiami: 101 west Flagler Street. Miami, fl 33130 Third Avenue Art District Annual Artwalk: Saturday Feb. 4th - 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. Downtown ft. Lauderdale Nobe Art Bazaar: Saturday Feb. 4th - 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. North Beach Arts District, Ft, Lauderdale Sunday Brunch at the Broward Center and the SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch: Feb. 5th 10:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. (first Sunday of the Month) Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District at 201 SW Fifth Avenue in Fort Lauderdale Downtown Open Market: Sunday Feb. 5th, Royal Palm Place Monument Piazza Boca Raton, Fl. Little Havana Neighborhood Architecture Walking Tour: Feb. 5th 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. History Miami 101

West Flagler Street Musicians’ Forum: 7 p.m. New World Center 500 17th Street, Miami Beach Lenelle Moise workshops and Performance: Friday Feb 10th - 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables. $2.50 Mini-Concerts: Feb. 10th and 11th at 7:30, 8:30 and 9 p.m. New World Center 500 17th Street, Miami Beach Improvised Shakespeare: Friday, Feb. 10th at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11th at 7:30 p.m. Amaturo Theater Broward Center for the Performing Arts. 201 SW 5th Ave Fort Lauderdale Design District - Art and Design Night: Feb. 11th 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Second Saturday of the Month) Design District, Miami

Retro Indie Market: Saturday Feb. 11th - 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Boynton Beach woman’s club. 1010 South Federal Highway, Boynton Beach

of the Month) Harrison Street. Hollywood, FL – Free Parking Art Walk Las Olas: Feb. 16th - 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Third Thursday of the Month) Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale

Young Artists Music Series at the Museum of Art, Ft. Lauderdale: Feb. 12th - 3 p.m. The Museum of Art Ft. Lauderdale 1 East Las Olas Boulevard Fort Lauderdale SoBay Festival of the Arts: Feb. 14th to 26th. Deering estate - 16701 S.W. 72 Avenue, Miami. Art-Wynwood: Feb. 16th to 20th. 3101 NE 1st Ave. Miami Big Night in Little Haiti: Feb. 17th – 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Third Friday of the Month) Little Haiti Cultural Center Plaza, 212 NE 59 Terrace, Miami Hispanico Ballet Flamenco: Feb. 17th – 10 a.m. and 1:30 a.m. Parker Playhouse - 707 Northeast 8th Street Fort Lauderdale Downtown Hollywood Art Walk: Feb. 18th 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Third Saturday

Bird Road Art Walk: Feb. 18th – 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Third Saturday of the Month) SW 75 Ave between SW 41st Street and SW 48th Street Ballet For Young People: Carnival of the Animals: Saturday, Feb. 18th, 2pm Ziff Ballet Opera House 1300 Biscayne Boulevard Miami Art: Sunny Side Up: Feb. 18th – 19th, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Coral Ridge Mall 3200 N. Federal Hwy. Fort Lauderdale



Wynwood Art Walk: Feb. 11th – 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Second Saturday of the Month) Midtown, Miami

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