Art Basel Day 3: Miguel Paredes exhibits his works at the National Hotel by Betty Alvarez

Pop and multi-media artist, sculptor and urban realist, Miguel Paredes announced his Artist-in-Residency at the National Hotel Miami Beach, one of the city’s most iconic landmarks in the heart of South Beach’s historic Art Deco District. The Miguel Paredes National Gallery is taking place during Art Basel Miami Beach 2010 through Sunday, December 5, 2010.

The Miguel Paredes National Gallery will be the artist’s largest exhibition to date. Two multi-colored and vibrant 80’ canvasses cascade down the hotel’s outdoor façade and its Oval Room, indoor walls and chic pool garden area have been converted into a full gallery experience. A VIP Opening Reception was held on December 1 featuring music by Buddha Bar’s resident beat master DJ Sam Popat, sponsored by Radio FG and Tai Entertainment, as well as beverages from Bombay Sapphire.

Paredes’ Wynwood Arts District solo gallery space, Paredes Fine Arts Studio, will also host “Elements of an Artist: A New Series by Miguel Parades,” a private meet & greet on Friday, December 3, with beats by DJ Sonny Daze, bites by RA Sushi and Kind Healthy Snacks, as well as complimentary beverages by Appleton Estates Rum, Alambiq Mixology, Black Tower Wines and FIJI Water. will The following evening, Saturday, December 4, Paredes Fine Art Gallery will host another complimentary cocktail reception with Graffiti Artists SKI and 2EASE of UR New York. The gallery, usually only open during the neighborhood’s “2nd Saturdays Art Walk” and by appointment, will be open to the public through Art Basel. The artist’s 18 X 26 mosaic mural “Pulgha World” found on NW 2nd Ave. will also be on view. Paredes will be present at both of his exhibition locations; both exhibitions will run to December 5.

Also open for viewing is recently opened Miguel Paredes Pop-up Gallery on Miami Beach’s action-packed Lincoln Road, housing more than 50 of Paredes’ works, new sculptures and products available for purchase. The location will be open throughout January 2011, and along with the Miguel Paredes National Gallery and Paredes Fine Arts Studio, will unveil select pieces from Paredes’ new series Elements of an Artist as well as never before seen works and sculptures from his previous collections such as Boroughs, Digital Art, Pop Collages, Urban Dreams and Los Niños.

The celebrated pop artist and all-around renaissance creative made tremendous impact during last year’s Art Basel Miami Beach and truly believes his preferred style of “crossover art” is quickly on its way to become a new and respected art form. Moreover, Paredes possesses the unique ability to master styles and techniques to create daring, bold and eye-catching oil paintings, sculptures, hand-drawn digitals, metals, giclées, backlit pieces, marble canvases, limited edition toys and more.

Paredes, a former Manhattanite of Latin American descent, has called Miami home for almost 20 years, but is proud to continue bringing his New York City urban approach to the Miami art scene and beyond. The artist likes to combine cutting-edge styles of street art, pop art and Japanese animation to produce distinct, trend-forward pieces. Furthermore, drawing inspiration from pop icons such as Andy Warhol and Keith Haring, Paredes has created his own niche – ultimately affording him the ability to crossover from street walls to fine art to even his beloved medium of “art meets life” commercial pop art.

Paredes Fine Arts Studio is located at 2311 NW 2nd Ave. Miami, FL. 33127. Paredes’ “Pulgha World” Wynwood Mural is located at 2399 NW 2nd Ave. Miami, FL. 33127. For more information, please visit

Photographs by Betty Alvarez