MIAMI (CBSMiami) — At Art Miami and its sister fair Art Context, some 200 galleries from 14 countries fill the space with works by hundreds of artists. Tuesday night’s opening party made headlines when a work by Banksy called “Charlie Brown” sold for $4 million at Maddox Gallery.
It was sold to an unnamed American collector during an Art Miami VIP Preview.
The elusive artist, Banksy, first painted this work on a wall in Los Angeles in 2011.
But one exhibit caught the eye of CBS4’s Lisa Petrillo. It is the work of 10-year-old Andres Valencia, a fourth-grader from California, who was featured in his first major art exhibition.
“I looked at his work and said, ‘I have to show this at Art Miami,’” explains Nick Korniloff, executive director of Art Miami. “He is an absolute child prodigy and it is dear to my heart as the proceeds from his art will benefit Andres and his growing art career, as well as our son’s foundation, The Perry J. Cohen Foundation,” which is named after his son who was lost at sea at the age of 14 in 2015 off the Jupiter cove.
“How did you learn this?” Petrillo asked the 10-year-old prodigy.
“When I was little I always liked to draw. There was this painting in my living room that I really liked, and I always tried to copy it. I just got better and better at drawing,” Valencia said.
On Tuesday night, actor Channing Tatum became a fan who posed with Andres’ paintings and actress Sofia Vergara bought one. Seven more of his acrylic and oil paintings were sold. Andres admires greats such as Basquiat and Picasso and is completely self-taught.
“Well, I don’t have an art teacher yet, but I want an art teacher soon,” he said.
“I think you might teach an art teacher something,” Petrillo said.
“Yes,” Andres replied, giggling.
At Wynwood Walls, 13 new walls were unveiled this Art Week, created by top artists from around the world.
Jessica Goldman Srebnick, CEO of Goldman Global Arts, curates the walls and named this year’s theme “Agents of Change.”
“The artists have always been agents of change, whether changing a perspective or changing a neighborhood.” said Srebnick. “So the idea of the theme is to let everyone know that everyone has the opportunity to be an agent of change.”
Petrillo and Srebnick toured the beautiful and diverse murals and sculptures, while Srebnick showed a colorful piece by artist Bordalo from Portugal. He uses all recycled plastic materials to create a breathtakingly tall sculpture.
“He believes very strongly in the importance of the environment, protecting our environment and realizing and recycling auto parts, trash cans, everything he finds. It’s really quite spectacular,” she said.
Miami Art Week 2021, where you can find inspiration everywhere.