Arteamericas 2012 brought Latin American renowned artists from all over the world By Betty Alvarez

arteaméricas, the premier fair of art from Latin America, returned for its tenth consecutive year. Arteaméricas showcased the latest trends in paintings, sculpture and multimedia from contemporary artists as well as renowned masters at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

Right now, Latin American art is hot. It was the subject of conversation at Art Basel and the satellite fairs.

”We are very excited to continue showcasing Latin American art, and do so with the support of great Latin American artists and galleries,” says Leslie Pantín, President of arteaméricas. “arteaméricas has been the most respected Latin American art fair since it’s inception. We’re proud of this distinction, and for that reason, we raise our standards every year, create innovative projects and recruit the best galleries out there,” he adds.

The best galleries from all over Latin America, the United States, the Caribbean, Canada and Europe participated. The three-day arteaméricas event featured works by internationally recognized artists and sculptors. Likewise, vanguard contemporary artists was on hand in order to exhibit their works as the latest in Latin American modern art.

arteaméricas was the place where art collectors and art professionals alike gather among the present trends in paintings, sculptures, and conceptual art multimedia that distinguish the region’s art. In 2011, the fair had more than 50 galleries taking up more than 80 spaces and showcasing more than 300 artists. The artists represented by the galleries hail from every country in the Americas and Spain. This year, the fair organizers developed a special tribute to Argentina. The country was showcased through its art, which is of high quality and innovation. The legendary Argentinean gallery, Galleria Rubbers, was at the fair. Also, several other prestigious Argentinean galleries and institutes were on board to showcase their art.

“For 2012, arteaméricas will feature many new and interesting things; from sculptures, to music performances and art talks,” states Emilio Calleja, fair VP. The “Maestro” Carlos Cruz-Diez from Venezuela is this year’s invited artist. Cruz-Diez, a revered master of geometric art, was chosen by Jeffrey Loria, owner of the new Miami Marlins to install a major work of art in the four acre entrance Plaza at the stadium. “arteaméricas wishes to honor this great artist at our fair along with the Miami Marlins and Art in Public Places who participated in this selection,” adds Emilio Calleja.

The art available at arteaméricas ranges from $2,000 to approximately one million dollars.

arteaméricas is headed by Leslie Pantín; Emilio Calleja; Dora Valdés-Fauli, Fair Director; María Nápoles, Executive Director; and Othón Castañeda, Associate Director and Director of Salón arteaméricas, Marijean Miyar. For more information, visit arteaméricas online at the newly redesigned www.arteamericas.com.

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