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is pleased to announce its exhibition:



Paintings by:

Christian Curiel




Interactive web- based artwork by:

Juan Carlos Zaldivar



November 28, 2015 - January 28, 2016



4385 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33140

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For this project Christian Curiel will create a series of panel paintings that will be featured in the hallway of the second floor of the Soho Beach House as a narrative installation. The theme will loosely be based on the idea of a Bacchanal reinterpreted through the Curiel’s vision and style of painting adapting to the House environment. The Bacchanalia were Roman festivals of Bacchus, the Greco-Roman god of wine, freedom, intoxication and ecstasy. The bacchanal in art describes any small group of revelers, often including satyrs and perhaps Bacchus or Silenus, usually in a landscape setting. The subject was popular from the Renaissance onwards.


Curiel hopes to involve the House members through a passage from beginning to end. Christian's figurative paintings, works on paper and sculpture, explore self-identity through latent memories of youth and maintain a central focus on self-discovery, relationships and belonging. Through meta-surrealist depictions, Curiel uses various signifiers for illustrating the complexities of being and the concerns of self-identity, socio-psychological integration and how they correlate. Curiel makes a daring and aesthetic statement by presenting highly imaginative yet semi-autobiographical works that are at once detached yet eerily familiar.

His paintings explore the permanent nature of both identity and narrative through the use of storytelling. Our memories have a formative say in how we develop and his images open up the possibility of interpretation. Curiel recognizes that dreams remain a source of his art and that art itself is another form of dreaming.

Christian Curiel was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico in 1977, and currently works and lives in Miami. He received a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from the Yale School of Art in New Haven, Connecticut. Christian Curiel's paintings, drawings and sculptures have been exhibited in various solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums in the United States and abroad. Some exhibitions include: Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain in Paris, France, The Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach, Florida, The American Society, El Museo Del Barrio and Lehmann Maupin gallery in New York City.


Web Body Project

Interactive web- based artwork is an interactive, web-based artwork. The project uses code to collect various live feeds from Instagram and arranges photographs of several body parts #hashtags to create an ever changing, abstracted representation of a human body.










A visual "exquisite corpse" for the 21st century, is a constant, collective representation of how we see our bodies, both independently and as a collective.


Juan Carlos Zaldívar lives and works between Miami and Los Angeles.His film and video art works have screened at many festivals worldwide and broadcast on PBS, ABC, IFC, Showtime and WE. He is the recipient of numerous grants and awards. His directing credits include "90 Miles" (PBS), "The Story of the Red Rose" (Showtime), "Palingenesis" and "Soldiers Pay" (IFC), co-directed with David O. Russell (Three Kings, The Fighter) and Tricia Regan (Autism, the musical).


He has served as a Juror for several mayor film festivals including the Sundance International Film Festival.

Zaldívar latest short film, SHIFT, was acquired by MOCA in North Miami after it won both the Jury and the Audience Awards in their annual video art competition in September 2012. It is currently traveling to festivals and art fairs.


Juan Carlos Zaldívar’s film and visual art projects explore the transformation of physical form --and our perceptions of it. He believes humor is the best tool to communicate complex ideas and therefore his work is often interactive.


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