Miami's Independent Thinkers
In partnership with Miami’s Independent Thinkers and as part of The James Royal Palm’s Local Art Series, we invite you to enjoy our current exhibition by artist Claudio Picasso.
With a draftsman's meticulous eye, Claudio Picasso engages a limited, complementary palette to symphonize saturated color portraits in a style that dances precariously between realism and abstraction. Crafting images with a depth and sensitivity that pushes the bounds of spray paint, Claudio occupies a space between graffiti writer and fine artist. His work today emphasizes the positive attributes of spray paint as a medium while pushing to overcome both the physical limitations and preconceived notions that accompany it.
Over the past two decades, Claudio has gained distinction as one of Miami’s most respected muralists for his unique, hyper-realistic style. He typically strips down color and composition to allow line and shading to dominate work that prominently displays roots in charcoal drawing. These works pay homage to those people close to him, and also to iconic figures that have greatly influenced his development as an artist. His aesthetic culls influence from post-impressionism, classic cinema, graphic design, and pop culture.
Claudio's work has been featured in numerous print and online publications. His mural at Sweat Records has quickly become a local landmark, given special recognition by The Atlantic in its article detailing Miami's alternative, cultural renaissance. In 2009, The Miami New Times dubbed Claudio Miami's most progressive, urban artist. Claudio has completed murals for the Fillmore at the Jackie Gleason, Tongue & Cheek Restaurant, Wynwood Brewing Company, along with a number of commercial and private commissions, including a local NBA star's home and galleries in Miami’s Wynwood art district. He is currently working on large-scalemural projects there and in Miami Beach.
For more informatin on our partnership with Miami’s Independent Thinkers and Claudio Picasso, please visit miamithinkers.com and cp1art.com.