Coral Contemporary Gallery in the Miami Design District recently debuted “Seeing With New Eyes: Contemporary Art From Latin America,” on view through April. The collection features a selection of works by 11 emerging and mid-career artists from Latin America and encompasses works of painting, embroidery, paper-cutting, collage, and sculpture.
Among the artists represented are Vicente Grondona and Miguel D’Arienzo, whose narrative paintings reflect on humankind’s relationship with nature, while integrating magical realism and mythological elements into scenes from daily life.
In works by Andres Paredes and Lucia Spotorno, gaze upon elaborate landscapes and nature-based silhouettes. Mirroring one another, Parades’ delicate paper-cut works and Spotorno’s layered scenic paintings draw viewers in with their playful shadows and convincing depth.
Lucas Pertile and Lia Porto’s mixed-media and embroidery works push these elements even further through their complex, sensory, and ornamental pieces, ranging from detailed landscapes to transfixing patterns. Unlike their counterparts, Chiara Baccanelli, Lucila Fiorenza, Maria Santi, Ana Clara Soler, and Roberto Vivo abstract and deconstruct elements in their practices. Reducing objects to their essence, Fiorenza, Santi, and Soler stitch together compositions creating new narratives and relationships among items ranging from plants, fruits, and vases to organic forms.
Together, the exhibited works reflect a new way of seeing; one which departs from stark realism and incorporates a vibrant, playful, questioning of forms and traditional practices to create an encounter with the imaginary.
Visit the gallery Tuesday to Saturday, from 12 to 7 p.m., and Sunday from 12 to 6 p.m.