POP-UP PIANO MIAMI (Artist Alexander Mijares )








MIAMI, FL (Thursday, November 1, 2012) – During the week of Art Basel Miami Beach (December 6 – 9, 2012), Steinway & Sons Miami will present Pop-Up Piano Miami 2012, a public arts project that premiered during Art Basel Miami Beach 2011. Steinway & Sons Miami, a factory-owned retail location for Steinway & Sons, maker of the world’s finest pianos, has donated eight pianos that will be strategically placed by Wynwood Shipping across Downtown Miami, Midtown Miami, Wynwood, and Design District areas including:


  • George’s Kitchen (MIDTOWN MIAMI: 3404 North Miami Avenue,  Miami, FL 33127) Georgeskitchenmidtown.com


  • Gigi’s (MIDTOWN MIAMI: 3470 North Miami Avenue,  Miami, FL 33127) giginow.com


  • Jimmy’z Kitchen (WYNWOOD: 2700 North Miami Avenue, Miami, FL 33127) jimmyzkitchen.com


  • Soho Beach House (MIAMI BEACH: 4385 Collins Avenue  Miami Beach, FL 33140) sohobeachhouse.com


  • South Street Restaurant& Bar (DESIGN DISTRICT: 4000 NE 2 Avenue, Miami, FL 33137) southstreetmiami.com


  • Sugarcane Raw Bar & Grill (MIDTOWN MIAMI: 3250 NE 1st Ave  Miami, FL 33127) sugarcanerawbargrill.com


  • UR1 Music & Art Festival (DOWNTOWN MIAMI: Bayfront Park) ur1festival.com


  • Wynwood Cigar Factory (WYNWOOD MIAMI: 101 NW 2nd Ave. Miami FL 33127) wynwoodcigar.com



The Mixed Media Collective and PrintHouse USA are providing maps and other marketing materials. They will be popping up in several art-centric Miami locations in the coming months.


Each of the eight pianos will be crafted by artists at one of Miami’s iconic mixed-use arts complexes, Miami Iron Side. Miami Iron Side will also host a Pre-Art Basel Mixer where media and the community can view the almost completed pianos and meet the artists while savoring special delights such as tea tastings by Steep City Teas and sweets by Patty Cakes Cupcakes. Pearl Paint, the largest art supply store in the world that began on Canal Street, New York in 1933 as a family-owned company, will be supplying all the artistic materials for the following artists to create their masterpieces on the pianos:



  • Desiree Kawass (desireekawass.com)


  • Federico Carosio III (federicocarosioiii.com)


  • Ivan Roque (allhailtla.com/Home.html)


  • Rodrigo Gaya (rgayaphoto.photoshelter.com)


  • Ross Von Rosenberg (rossvon7design.com)


  • Ruben Ubiera (urbanpopsoul.com)


  • Waseone (iamwaseone.com)


Surprise locally acclaimed musicians will have “pop-up” performances that will be announced via social media outlets throughout the duration of the project. Art Basel week spectators will have access to tickle the ivories between scheduled performances by these talented musicians.


PUPM will host a fundraising concert on December 5 from 8:30PM – 11:30PM at The PERRY South Beach Hotel, one of Miami’s premier and chic hotspot hotels. The event will feature a performance by Yuna who is presented by Metro 1 with some surprise special performances. The concert line-up will be announced soon. There will be passed hors d’oeuvres courtesy of The One Group and cocktails courtesy of GREY GOOSE Vodka. Surrounding the highlighted performances will be one of Miami’s famed nightlife DJs, Yissel Cabrera A.K.A. DJ YSL. All of the finished pianos will be on view at the event before they are dispersed to the streets the following morning.


The event will also host a silent auction of unique treats and donated gifts from partners. Funds that are raised from the auction and tickets sales will be donated to Friends of the New World Symphony and Central Africa’s only symphony orchestra, Kimbanguist Symphony Orchestra, which was recently featured on CBS’s 60 Minutes.


After Art Basel Miami Beach week, the pianos will be donated to eight local charities. PUPM will also work to expand, develop and implement specially designed music programs and workshops at some of the charities where the pianos will permanently reside. The charities will also be announced in the coming weeks.


The concept of Pop-Up Pianos was inspired by the New York City organization Sing for Hope. Sing for Hope mobilizes professional artists in volunteer programs that benefit schools, hospitals and communities. Sing for Hope’s Pop-Up Pianos celebrate the vision of arts accessibility for all. The inspirational project motivated the Co-Founders of The Black Key Group, Whitney Lykins and Isabella Acker, to bring Pop-Up Piano to Miami with the support of Steinway Piano Gallery of Miami and committee members Patricia Baro (Mixed Media Collective); Gaudi Castro (HEARD.); Meris Thomas (Freelancer – Event Production); Arnaud Pages (Macias Advertising); Daniel Rivero (WLRN); and Jessica Wade Pfeffer (Jessica Wade Inc.).


For a map of the piano locations, event/project details, and pop-up performance dates/times, visit www.PopUpPianoMia.com. To keep track of piano locations, artists, and musicians, please follow Pop-Up Piano Miami (@popuppianomia) on Twitter and Facebook.

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About Pop-Up Piano Miami

During the week of Art Basel Miami Beach (December 6 – 9, 2012), Steinway & Sons Miami will present Pop Up Piano Miami 2012, a public arts project that premiered during Art Basel Miami Beach 2011. With the continued support of Steinway & Sons Miami and sponsors, this year the program is set to launch on a significantly larger scale by not only supporting local music and arts programs but also joining a global initiative. Eight pianos from Steinway & Sons Miami will be strategically placed across Wynwood, Midtown Miami, Miami Beach, Downtown Miami, and Design District areas. Each piano will be crafted by eight artists. Art Basel week spectators will have access to tickle the ivories between three scheduled performances by talented local musicians. After Art Basel Miami Beach week, the pianos will be donated to local charities. PUPM will also work to expand and implement specially designed music programs and workshops at some of the charities where the pianos will permanently reside.


About The Host Committee

The Black Key Group (Whitney Lykins and Isabella Acker) created a special host committee of young, savvy professionals throughout South Florida to assist in creating, executing, and facilitating Pop-Up Piano Miami. From curating artists to securing locations for the pianos, the following list of people volunteered on the committee: Patricia Baro (Mixed Media Collective); Gaudi Castro (HEARD.); Meris Thomas (Freelancer – Event Production); Arnaud Pages (Macias Advertising); Daniel Rivero (WLRN); and Jessica Wade Pfeffer (Jessica Wade Inc.).

About Steinway Piano Gallery of Miami

Timothy Feager, General Manager of Steinway Piano Gallery of Miami, stated “Steinway & Sons is very excited about getting behind Pop-Up Piano Miami. We need to bring more awareness to the arts, and this is a great and fun way to accomplish this task.” In its 159th year, Steinway & Sons was founded in 1853 by German immigrant Henry Engelhard Steinway in a Manhattan loft on Varick Street. Over the next thirty years, Henry and his sons, C. F. Theodore, Charles, Henry Jr., William, and Albert, developed the modern piano. They built their pianos one at a time, applying skills that were handed down from master to apprentice, generation after generation. Steinway is dedicated to the ideal of making the finest pianos in the world. The result is instruments renowned for their unsurpassed quality. Pianos with such superior sound and responsive touch they enchant the most demanding pianists to date.


About the Friends of the New World Symphony

Friends of  New World Symphony is Miami’s premier young patron’s art group promoting classical music to  young cultural leaders through a series of cutting-edge performances and chic parties. All members are part of a unique laboratory that generates new ideas about the way music is taught, presented and experienced. Our mission is to support the New World Symphony, America’s only full-time orchestral academy preparing gifted graduates of prestigious music programs for successful careers in orchestras and ensembles.


About Kimbanguist Symphony Orchestra

Starting from scratch, Armand Wabasolele Diangienda assembled around him, in 1994, in Kinshasa, a few young Christian Kimbanguists, all of them, members of the Church of Jesus Christ on Earth by His Special Envoy, Simon Kimbangu. Together, they started learning music theory and practice. Armand purchased vintage musical instruments. Things were not that easy, all the more so that as a professional pilot, he was flying airliners. This left him very little time to learn and practice classical music.  That lasted only six months. On 3 December 1994, the Kimbanguist Symphony Orchestra offered her inaugural concert in Kinshasa. The success was outstanding and unexpected. None of them had attended a music school. Now, the Orchestra is full blown, with male and female Congolese musicians, all of them Black, self-trained.   By himself, he has learned how to conduct a symphony orchestra and also to compos. His compositions include two symphonies and many hymns he has dressed with symphonic wears. The symphony orchestra now has more than 250 musicians, including the choir. The self-trained musicians play many of the great composers’ works.
About Sing for Hope

Sing for Hope is a non-profit organization that mobilizes professional artists in volunteer service programs that benefit schools, hospitals, and communities.  Each Sing for Hope program is defined by the needs of the community, the service of professional artists, and our belief in the transformative power of the arts. To learn more, please visit www.singforhope.org.


About Miami Iron Side

Miami Iron Side was founded by design and real estate visionary Ofer Mizrahi. It is a destination created by an assemblage of old deserted commercial buildings in an underserved neighborhood. The complex is self-designed by occupants and has had extensive reforesting creating a façade of retro architecture. Miami Iron Side was transformed to become a vibrant, creative, and trendy live & work complex. Enclaves of creative and business-focused minds alike have come together and created a neighborhood which encourages organic growth with a sense of community. For more information, visit www.miamiironside.com.


About The PERRY South Beach Hotel

The Perry South Beach is an all-in-one destination featuring 340 spacious rooms and suites; Miami’s hottest Rooftop Pool and Lounge with 360 degree views of the city and poolside cabanas with flat screen TVs; fine dining at STK Miami; the 42,000 square-foot David Barton Gym & Spa; luxe boutique shops; and more. The Perry South Beach is located at 2377 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida, just steps from South Beach’s shopping, nightlife and cultural attractions.  For reservations, please call (855) 737-7972 or visit www.perrysouthbeachhotel.com.


The ONE Group

The ONE Group is a high-end hospitality company that develops, manages and operates a portfolio of high-energy restaurants, lounges and bars. The company also operates a turn-key food and beverage program for hotels and resorts. The company was established with the vision of becoming a market leader in the hospitality industry by melding service, ambiance and cuisine into one great experience. By applying over 45 years of experience from its affiliated hospitality company, U.K.-based The Modern Group, The ONE Group continues to expand its concepts globally. Since introducing its first venue in January 2004, The ONE Group has opened, partnered or has under construction 31 venues, including operating a number of hotel contracts and casinos restaurants. The company recently launched its first international operation in London. Corporate brands include One, STK, Asellina, Heliot and Heraea. Partner brands include Bagatelle & Tenjune.


About GREY GOOSE Vodka

Discover a unique vodka experience when French craftsmanship, superior ingredients and a distinct distilling process merge to create a smooth taste that brings people together for moments of excellence. For more information, visit www.greygoose.com.


About Metro 1

Founded in 2005 by Tony Cho, Metro 1 is a forward-thinking, full-service real estate brokerage and investment firm that is dedicated to providing professional real estate services for the next generation of smart and sustainable urban growth. Metro 1 offers a full range of real estate services to a prestigious roster of clients and partners worldwide through its two subsidiary companies: Metro 1 Commercial, an elite commercial real estate brokerage, management, and investment firm that provides world-class services to commercial real estate owners, investors and occupiers throughout South Florida; and Metro 1, an independent residential and commercial realty company with a dedicated division that offers world-class development sales services for mixed-use and sustainable urban infill projects across the region. For more information please visit www.metro1.com or call 305.571.9991.


About Wynwood Shipping

Wynwood Shipping is the answer to ALL shipping-related matters. While we do consider ourselves to be white-glove shippers that specialize in time-sensitive art pieces; no business is too small and no package is too slow for us, everyone should get to experience the exceptional customer service and hassle-free way of shipping that we offer. We have developed a groundbreaking logistics brokerage that ensures a lower price for businesses of all sizes while still maintaining true to our founding principles – customer service and the indisputable fact that efficiency is key. Instead of a company going to the UPS/FedEx/USPS/DHL store, they simply call or email us with the info of what’s being shipped and to where and we handle the rest. Customers will also be happy to know that they will never have to pay immediately or upfront, we bill our customers at the end of the month. For more information, visit www.wynwoodshipping.com.

About Print House USA

PrintHouseUSA.com is not just another printing company in South Florida; we offer marketing solutions focusing on the printing area of advertising. As a team of creative artists, we specialize in custom jobs that most firms pass up. Most of our custom work includes foil stamping, cold foil, die cutting, embossing, mounting, laminating, PMS metallics, spot UV, plastic and unique papers. Our other specialties include product packaging, large format and vehicle wraps.


Alex Montano, President and Founder of PrintHouseUSA.com launched his business in January of 2006 with the help of his brother, Raul Montano. As a graphics design graduate from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale in Florida, he began his career doing freelance graphic design work. He stumbled across a common problem within the industry and used it to his advantage: most clients dislike their printer because they failed to nurture their business relationships. This realization opened up the opportunity to further expand the vision for what would soon become PrintHouseUSA.com. Our firm has stood firm despite being founded during times of economic hardship, continually increasing our sales and customer database month after month.


In 2008, the youngest of the Montano siblings joined the team. Isbel Montano has played a key role in our growth bringing with her a valuable group of employees. With her strong background in management and business administration our firm has gained full control of its finances. Today, we operate out of an 18,000 square foot facility with a team of great employees who love their jobs and are one of PrintHouseUSA.com’s greatest assets. Our family owned and operated business currently holds about $180,000 worth of assets in equipment alone which is a key factor in being able to produce and deliver our products with the quality that our customers expect and deserve. We are always excited to “WOW” a customer when we offer him or her a product that exceeds their expectations. Our uniqueness also comes from the 24/7 availability as well as same day turnaround and dedication to our customers.


About Mixed Media Collective

The Mixed Media Collective is a one-of-a-kind artist consulting, design & marketing group. The collective provides fine artists’, illustrators & photographers the support to develop & sustain competitive advantages in an ever-changing creative art market through practical first-hand experience & personal industry relationships. The MMC is a full-service marketing, design, printing, PR and events agency. Which offers innovative solutions and a fresh approach in developing highly focused concepts in the fine art and high-end corporate markets. Their extensive network of contacts allows them to strategically connect their clients with key players in various art-centric industries while still dedicating time to continually nurture and direct projects to their highest potential.  For more info, please visit www.mixedmediacollective.com.


About Pearl Paint

Pearl Paint, the largest art supply store in the world, began on Canal Street, New York in 1933 as a family-owned company. As an art and craft supplier, the goal of the company is to provide quality products, exceptional service and be actively involved in the art community. It is with this mission, that the company is proud to be apart of the Pop Up Piano Miami event and donate all of the art supplies needed to paint the seven Steinway & Son pianos. In addition to supporting local art events and programs, the company prides itself on being very hands on with all of their customers at its five retail locations in the following cities: Miami, Fort Lauderdale, New York City, Los Angeles and Paramus, NJ. Whether it be an in-store demo or a thorough explanation of which tool or medium would be best to complete an art project, all of the Pearl Paint managers and store associates have strong backgrounds in art and provide a wealth of artistic knowledge for beginners and artisans. Having nearly 80 years in the art supply business, Pearl Paint aims to keep the prices of their supplies at a cost every artist can afford; both in-stores and on their website. The company will match or beat the price of any of its competitors. Pearl Paint appreciates the opportunity to be involved with Pop Up Piano Miami and strives to create and maintain longterm relationships with art enthusiasts.


About Steep City Teas

Steep City Teas is the newest and freshest Miami based tea purveyor committed to bringing premium tea and tea blends to modern markets. Launched in October 2012 by Miami native David Palmerola and Iveth Yanez, Steep City Teas has over 30 deliciously luxurious types of loose leaf tea to indulge your senses. Resonating with the idea of thinking global and acting local, Steep City Teas sources their teas globally and refines them locally by hand. They also have a full array of teaware and other accessories that you can purchase to enhance your tea experience. Steep City Teas strives to make direct connections with the community through individuals and organizations alike. They aspire to work with artists, designers, entrepreneurs, non-profit and for-profit organizations, restaurants and others in order to spotlight how tea can play a meaningful role in everyone’s life. By dedicating their time and energy to personally walk everyone through the tea experience, Steep City Teas aspires to bring a new level of customer service, guidance and satisfaction. For more information on Steep City Teas please visit www.SteepCityTeas.com.


About Artist Ross von Rosenberg

Ross von Rosenberg, 33, is a painter, graphic designer, and photographer. Ross has been exploring the visual world of art since he was child. He grew up in Austin, and graduated with a degree in graphic design from Texas Tech University. Ross now lives in Dallas, working as a senior art director for an ad agency, and continuing to grow and expand as an artist the rest of the time. Ross is primarily fascinated with texture and the human figure, and likes to explore these things with a combination of traditional art ideas, abstract and modern ideas, as well as a graphic designer touch. Ross is also fascinated with words, either in their narrative sense, poetic sense, or even in their fragmented absence. Through texture, images, and words Ross communicates his vision to the world by encouraging people to reach out and look closer so they can see what his work says to them.


About Artist Alexander Mijares

Born and raised in Miami, Florida, the debut of Alexander Mijares into the art world was a long time coming. Mijares has a keen eye for finding inspiration everywhere—whether it’s in people (mostly women), traveling abroad to a far away locale, or just observing culture as it exists in itself. Here in Miami (“a city of passion”), Mijares has been exposed to culture from all over the world, and his family roots in Cuba and Spain have helped to give his artwork a unique, colorful, and almost historic feel. Mijares creates art that has significant meaning to him, such as a friendship or the life and death of a loved one, and that sense of purpose comes across on the canvas.

Alex grew up sketching and doodling, and briefly dabbled in graffiti. Quite simply, he had a creative gene that stayed burning bright. Life experience is a creative catalyst for Mijares, who believes “a day without meeting someone new is a day wasted.” Each encounter has a purpose, each person a piece to the overall puzzle of his life. Alex translates that puzzle ideology to his paintings, where he constructs figures seemingly from puzzle pieces that comprise the person of focus in each work of art.

Following a successful opening exhibit on February 23, 2012, Alex has found himself involved in various artistic endeavors throughout South Florida. Never one to rest on his laurels, Alex also runs a family business and recently completed his MBA. Upon moving into a new apartment, he searched for a statement art piece to hang in his home—when nothing quite jumped out at him, he created something himself. Things show no sign of slowing down for Mijares, who takes his success gracefully and with humility, who says a “lot of emotion” goes into creating his work—and he just wants to grab viewers and engage them.


About Artist Ruben Ubiera

Ruben Gerardo Ubiera Gonzalez (born October 19, 1975 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) is a Dominican neo-figurative artist, known for his strong use of the line, who has been drawing and painting ever since he had use of reason.


Ruben paints and draws in a style considered by many as Pop-surrealism, but he prefers to call it urban-pop, since he has lived most of his life in the urban, populated areas and most of his inspiration is derived from the interactivity between man and his urban environment. At the age of 15, his family moved to the Bronx, NY, where he was heavily influenced by the graffiti art that surrounded him, something he wouldn’t realize until much later in his life.

He strives in all his work to capture an essential part of his past, his present and his subjects through the use of the line and form. His work includes still-life and situational portraiture but Ruben tends to primarily focus on city landscapes.


His paintings are, on first examination, noted for being charged with “skateboard-isms”, paint drips and the constant presence of graffiti in some shape or form. But, after closer inspection, one notices the detail, sarcastic contrast, the social commentary and human struggle that’s felt by the technique and subject matter.


About Artist Ivan Roque

Born on December 27, 1991 Ivan Jorge Roque also known as “The Lost Artist” is a Cuban-American urban artist from the infamous Carol City, Florida an inner city located on the northern side of Miami-Dade County.  Roque attends the Miami International University of Art & Design working to attain his bachelor’s degree all while still pushing his works to much greater extents. For an artist of his age Roque has had many accomplishments from working with local established artist Gabriel Gimenez to the hip hop group known as RVIDXR KLVN, and even having a public installation commissioned by the Town of Surfside located in Miami Beach, Florida also not to mention the countless shows all over the city. Ivan Jorge Roque truly is the freshest artist in the Miami art scene and a pioneer in the “Urban Pop” movement he is definitely something to be watched out for in the next coming months as we see what creations can come of the one that is forever lost.


About Artist Rodrigo Gaya

Rodrigo Gaya was born and raised in Miami. His passion for photography started when he first picked up his aunt’s film camera to shoot football for his high school paper. He continued shooting throughout college at The Michigan Daily, the University of Michigan’s student run newspaper, where he was appointed as the Managing Photo Editor in 2008. After graduation, he returned to Miami and has since been a part of the World Red Eye team starting in 2010. With his background in photojournalism, Rodrigo is well versed in various different types of photography and has technical knowledge with different camera and lighting systems. His passion is photography but his motivation is documenting human interaction with its surroundings. Documenting the truth in spontaneous moments of human life.


About Artist Desiree Kawass

Desiree Kawass, known to most as “Desi”, was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica. She attended Immaculate Conception Preparatory & high school and graduated at the age of sixteen. She then moved to Miami, Florida to pursue a career in Visual Art at Florida International University.  Having discovered a new interest in the mechanics of the human body, however, Desiree embarked on a degree in Exercise Physiology, of which she obtained both a bachelors and masters degree.  In addition, she was licensed as a dental hygienist in 2007.  Throughout this educational journey, Desiree’s painting became secondary to her studies, only to resurface during her spare time.  As time passed on, Desiree always felt as though something was missing in her life.  Each endeavor she pursued became unfulfilling over time, never to compare to the contentedness which art brought to her life.  She needed to paint, she wanted to paint and paint she did.


Desiree began with her Bamboo Series, a collection of paintings which focused on the detailed beauty of bamboo stalks.  She expanded this series by utilizing more vibrant colors and tones and ultimately, larger canvases.  She felt as though such vibrancy could not and should not be limited to small canvases.  As she continued to rekindle her relationship with a paintbrush, her paintings became more meaningful, paying tribute to her Uncle by emulating his art with her interpretation of his work through her P-Tree series, a series that she holds very close to her heart.  She then began experimenting with three-dimensional art – a form of art that truly made her happy.  Labeled as her “Happy Times” series, these paintings do nothing more than exude happiness from the eyes of their beholders.  This series became the immediate focus and the inspiration for Pop Up Piano Miami 2012.


Prior to this event, Desiree participated in the SOMI Art Walk, The Kiwanis Club of Little Havana – Art in the Park and Miracle Mile Art Walk, Artists Wanted – Art Takes Miami and Art Takes New York. For Desiree, however, the acceptance as an official Pop Up Piano Miami 2012 artist has been her greatest achievement yet.  She still continues to define herself with her new series – Arbor Ballet.  This series was finally born through the collaboration of her education and her artistic talents.  Her education provided an abstract use of the mechanics of the human body whilst the inspiration of her P-Tree series set the tone to create this collection.  She needed to paint, she wanted to paint and paint she did.


About Artist Federico Carosio

Federico Carosio III is a self-taught artist whose work captures the intense light and rich colors of South Florida like no photograph can. Carosio’s eye for detail can be seen in the photo-realism of his early pop-art paintings, while his abstracts and sculptures reflect the bold colors of his native Colombia. But it is his landscapes and streetscapes (acrylic on canvas) that have made him one of South Florida’s most celebrated and successful painters. From the sun-drenched beaches of Key West and Miami Beach to the tree-shaded streets of Coconut Grove and Coral Gables, Carosio’s beautifully detailed paintings bring to life the region’s lush tropical splendor. Each work of art perfectly captures the vibrant colors and varied shapes and textures of South Florida’s tropical foliage…and the complex interplay of light and shadow that changes not just with the seasons but also with the time of day. Painting has been Carosio’s passion since he was a three-year-old boy living in Bogota, Colombia. Perhaps it was in his genes: his great uncle was the renowned Italian painter Lorenzo Carosio, and his father was an actor who painted and sculpted in his spare time, often with young Federico by his side. Carosio’s talent was recognized and nurtured as a child, and eventually he decided to make painting his career. He started painting professionally in Soho in 1974, but it wasn’t until he settled in Miami in 1979 that he discovered his passion for painting South Florida’s tropical landscapes. Carosio says his paintings are his way of sharing his love of nature with others. “I love creating things that are pleasing to me and others,” says Carosio. “And I love knowing that my paintings are giving people an appreciation for South Florida’s abundant natural beauty.” Carosio is a frequent exhibitor in one-man shows and at South Florida’s many juried art festivals. His paintings have been honored with a number of “Best of Show” awards and featured as the official poster for the South Miami Art Festival, South Miami Arts & Crafts Festival, Pinecrest Fine Art Festival and Key Biscayne Art Festival. Today, Carosio’s popularity extends far beyond South Florida, and his work hangs in homes all around the world. A single father, Carosio claims that his best work of art will forever be his two now-grown children, Federico and Bianca.


About Artist Waseone

Eric Estrada has three major influences in life: fishing, music, and art.Born and raised in Miami, he spent every weekend of his childhood in the Florida Keys. Once in high school, he got into the graffiti scene. At the age of 16, he was mentored by a well known Miami artist. It was with him, where he began to get paid for artwork. Not on walls or canvas, but on high end power boats.  But in his college years, he picked up a rod and got back into fishing. Fishing quickly took over his life, and lead him to the Everglades. Where fishing became a lifestyle, rather than just a hobby.  By the time he picked up his first canvas, the only thing on his mind was fly fishing. On those windy days that fishing just wouldn’t work, he would get lost on canvas. What one would see in one of his paintings is a moment he remembers. Portrayed as he sees it.

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