By CAMILA BARBEITO
A rich blend of Miami art-goers attended the 4th annual Miami International Art Fair at the mega yacht venue called Seafair. The downtown docked gallery included a global art menagerie that seemed adrift on a bay of champagne, as the hours became late, and everyone was sure to find enjoyment. A must-see attraction was British sculptor, Alastair Gibson, whose polished, industrial concepts held a centerpiece of a shark, also the cover art for the VIP invitation, composed of scrap from Formula 1 race cars. Gibson’s sculptures are broadly out of place, though supposing the ritzy forum would gravitate towards a gleaming, mohawked skull with a “God Save the Queen” stamp. At least, his medium was unique and the audience apparently understood this because no one was shy to come for a close up. Also of note, was Paco Camus, a Spanish artist who is best known for his timeless furniture. From the Contubernium Series, “Basquiat and Rubens” was exhibited, an intricate, exciting piece marrying these two influential artists. Johan Barrios’s oil works, part of his “Bad Party” series, were just as tongue-in-cheek. From Disney characters, to Baldarassi’s dots, to 1960’s advertising, this Colombian artist “copies” elements from other artists and strips them of their intended meaning in a comical, satirical way. Even more, Barrios impressively manages to insert photo-like images into his paintings by drawing them freehand in a photo-realistic technique. Even though the SeaFair will eventually have to be undocked and will set sail to several other exotic locations as Miami, many of its featured artists are celebrated locals.