We had the pleasure to meet the artist Josie Ramirez who was exhibiting during the Art Basel Season in Wynwood. Josie is a talented entrepreneur and artist who was born in Cuba and currently lives in Miami.
The collective show that Josie was participating in, had an excellent variety of paintings and sculptures from extremely talented Latin artists living in Miami. In a brief interview during the collective show we were able to ask Josie these questions...
Where do you take your inspiration for your paintings Josie?
I take my inspiration from the world within and the external world. I learned to see as an artist and to perceive things differently. That is the gift that my art gurus have given me. I look at light and shadow, contrasts and compliments, figures, shapes, proportions, colors and hues.
What do you intend to express with your art? It should express a unique view of all that I see and embody my feelings.
Which is your main media of expression? I paint with acrylics but I add texture with wood and paste and anything that I can find to achieve a sculptural form.
How long have you work in this field? I have been painting for four years, but it has been a lifetime of seeing.
When is your next exhibition? A small format show at 3rd Door Art Studio in the Bird Road Art District in February, 2014, and unannounced shows in Connecticut and Miami.
What is your appreciation about Miami Art World?It is vibrant like the colors of Miami in our Winter (or dry season). You have to work at finding it, but there is a lot of museum quality art in this community. The buyers and collectors come from all over the world, but Miami has indeed become a mecca for art. Private collections and the new Perez Museum are wonderful additions to the cultural life of this city. It was at one time a city for professional sports only, but now it is truly invested in the arts.