The first time I saw artist, Diana Contreras', work was in Miami during the art crawl during our Sugar Does America Tour. I fell in love with her work instantly and had to have her showcase at our show. Her work spoke to me. It was feminine, whimsical, and nostalgic. I got her information from the man that selling her work, and contacted her immediately. Only to find out that she was a sweet and kind as she was talented. Upon our first time meeting, Diana greeted me with warm
The 12C Outdoor Art Gallery on Avenue C at East 12th Street is featuring new work by Peruvian artist Diana Contreras, who created the mural on the roll-down gate yesterday as part of the Fridge Art Fair. According to her bio, the Miami-based Contreras' "work deals with femininity, set in whimsical portraiture." The gallery is curated by East Village resident Robert Galinsky and artists show panels every three months. Photos courtesy of Robert Galinsky #alphabetcity #NewYork #
Upcoming in the world of visual arts, the new Leah Arts District in Hialeah launches Sunday with a big block party, ArtCenter/South Florida features a scientist-artist collaboration, and graduating visual artists from Miami’s New World School of the Arts have a final exhibition. ▪ The new Hialeah Artist Live/Work Overlay District launches Sunday with a free community block party from 4 to 8 p.m. at 1501 E. 10th Ave., Hialeah. Live music, food trucks, complimentary beer and mu
Fusing her passion for street art with her mastery of classical painting, Miami-based Peruvian artist Diana Contreras aka Didi fashions whimsical portraits depicting her distinct notion of femininity. In NYC this weekend for the Fridge Art Fair, she will also be sharing her talents with us at JMZ Walls in Bushwick and at the 12C Outdoor Gallery in the East Village. I met Didi earlier this year in Miami. When did you first paint in a public space? And where was it? I first pai
For more than a year, Miami artist Diana Contreras tried to capture the essence and spirit of a woman known for her flamboyant fashion, political poetry and arts activism in Pembroke Pines. The end results are emblazoned on a bench near the lake at William B. Armstrong Dream Park, a green space advocated for by Terry T. Sherman, the late activist who used poems to persuade city commissioners. "I love faces, so I had to do something there," Contreras said. "I wanted to make it
I had the great pleasure of meeting not only the sweetest artist but the most humble as well. This shy but SICK artist from Miami has a lot to show the art world. The real question is whether the art world is ready for her? With big dreams of one day having her art ending up in the history books for her out of the box technique but yet whimsical style, her art career began when her self esteem wasn’t all that great but also realized she wasn’t the only one going through this
Miami artist Diana Contreras, aka DidiRok, beautified the store fronts of Melina’s Lingerie Shoppe, 2010 Hollywood Boulevard. The two murals, which are approximately 20 feet long and 8 feet high each and will be visible from the sidewalk, depict two bikini-clad bathing beauties lounging on the beach. Contreras, who has created several murals throughout South Florida, has a unique style that mixes classical portraiture with illustration and street art.
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The highly anticipated "On the Run" tour featuring Jay Z and Beyonce kicks off today in Miami and artists Nate Dee and Diana "Didi" Contreras are more than ready. According to Local10 News, as a way to "turn the concert of the summer into a way to inspire local youth," the artists painted a mural of the power couple on the wall of Speaker Boxx Miami (27th Avenue & NW 175th Street). "They don't really have access to a lot of art, culture, fashion, and music," said Nate Dee of
Creative Go Pro “Spray Can Cam” Time lapse Video of Diana Contreras New Piece The secret techniques of Diana Contreras newest art is captured beautifully through this time-lapse video using GoPro equipment. Her newest piece titled “Serena” is part of the Corporate Stays South Beach beautification project. Play the video below and learn street art techniques demonstrated by Miami artist Diana Contreras and recorded through a unique “spraycam” perspective shot by GullyArt.com.
The untold story of how Wynwood's graffiti propelled a forgotten industrial swath of Miami into one of the most coveted tracts of real estate in America. At the moment, Wynwood is an unlikely, and therefore exciting, mélange. The line out the door at Panther Coffee, once the dominion of the young, scruffy hip, is studded with property prospectors in slacks. Ducati is opening a store up the street. Two new condos are slated to break ground half a block west, yet there’s a clut
Wynwood -- Miami’s freshly-anointed hipster claim to fame -- is the place for street art, and its newest resident goes by the name of "Sofia Rose." Painted in a week by local artists Diana Contreras and Cristina Isabel Rivera, the mural adorns the wall of what will be Style CTZN at 218 NW 25th St. Store owner Ysset Boan commissioned the pair to create the image of a woman who personified strength, individuality, and just plain fun femininity. “I wanted to communicate the mess