The Coconut Grove Arts Festival (CGAF) commissioned David Le Batard (Lebo) to design this year’s commemorative poster.
Known as one of South Florida’s most recognizable artists, Lebo has made his mark as a graphic designer and artist known for his murals, live paintings, and sculptures. His style can be easily spotted in the wide range of media and projects he has chosen to paint all over the world.
The Cuban-American artist lives in Miami, and for that reason festival organizers were eager to see his take on the Coconut Grove Arts Festival, which for nearly 60 years has entertained families and captured the hearts of serious collectors under the hood. southern Florida sunshine.
“In addition to growing up in Miami, Lebo’s ability to leverage a wide range of mediums makes him the perfect creative choice to convey this all-encompassing arts festival experience,” said Monty Trainer, President and CEO. of the CGAF, which has seen a preliminary interpretation. of poster illustration. “That’s all Coconut Grove stands for, but in festival style, we’ll be unveiling the poster in all its glory at the VIP poster unveiling in early February.
Never shy with color, Lebo is inspired by street art, Cuban music and line-based abstractions, and he classifies his style as the postmodern expressionism of cartoon art.
“I commend the art festival for embracing all forms of art, including my own. Primordial forms of expression have always combined images to tell stories,” Lebo said. “We marvel at the cave paintings, hieroglyphs and religious iconography, which used this artistic language.
“My visual language draws on classic American comics and fine art to explore elements ranging from astronomy and history to music and physics. It’s no wonder the Coconut Grove Arts Festival be considered one of the best outdoor arts festivals in the country,” added Lebo.
To say that his creations have touched all kinds of media is an understatement. He was commissioned to paint everything from the hull of a ship and an aircraft carrier to public exhibits, commercial art and even human bodies as seen on the reality TV show, Russia’s Next Top Model. He has also collaborated with celebrities, sports stars, musicians and fashion designers.
He left his mark in Venice, Italy, where he worked with an Italian tile manufacturer to design the world’s largest mosaic mural. It will be interesting to see how he conveys key elements of the Coconut Grove Arts Festival in the 2022 poster, which collectors can purchase two ways: either in person at the festival or online via the signature package for $30, which includes a day pass to the festival, a free cocktail and a collectible poster. To purchase, visit CGAF.TIXR.com.
The Coconut Grove Arts Festival runs from Saturday, February 19 through Monday, February 21.
The festival is located in Miami’s Coconut Grove neighborhood, adjacent to beautiful Biscayne Bay. It runs along the streets of McFarlane Road, South Bayshore Drive and Pan American Drive.
The Coconut Grove Arts Festival is not just about art; it is also the social event of the year.
More than 120,000 attendees from across the region walk through the doors of the Coconut Grove Arts Festival to experience one of the nation’s premier outdoor fine arts festivals that dates back to 1963. This iconic South Florida event features more than 300 internationally renowned artists who have been selected. in a blind jury process based solely on artistic merit. The jury is made up of collectors, influencers and educators from the local arts community.
Original pieces are presented in the following categories: mixed media, painting, photography, digital art, printmaking and drawing, watercolour, ceramics, glass, fiber, jewelry and metalwork, sculpture and wood. It offers culinary experiences and has featured celebrity chefs such as Giorgio Rapicavoli, Ralph Pagano and Allen Susser.
The festival was honored to have some of the world’s finest artists to officially create the commemorative poster, including Romero Britto, Guy Harvey, Clyde Butcher, Maria Reyes Jones, Jacqueline Roch, Xavier Cortada, Rick Garcia, Lisa Remeny and Alexander Mijares to name a few.
The festival is managed by the 501(c)(3) Coconut Grove Arts and Historical Association and produced by EngageLive LLC. Proceeds are used to fund year-round arts programs and scholarships to benefit 20 seniors who graduate from local public high schools in the magnetic arts each year. The association also operates the Coconut Grove Arts Festival Gallery and presents special exhibitions throughout the year at Mayfair in the Grove.
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