Franklin Sinanan,Â Painter, Mixed-Media, Sculpture & Furniture Artist; ArtÂ Center South Florida 810 Lincoln Road, Studio 205, Miami Beach, FL 33139Â November Exhibition: â€œArt of the Macabreâ€ by Sylvia Pilar
Talented artists come from around the world, to live work and create in the Miami area, and it is no wonder that a plethora ofÂ Â galleriesÂ thrive throughout MiamiÂ stretching farÂ beyond the Wynwood Art Distract and to the beaches. One of my favorite places to view and attend art openings isÂ The South Florida Art CenterÂ on Lincoln Road:Â The art center houses eclectic artists,Â studiosÂ and art in all forms:Â from fine art,Â toÂ decorative;Â fromÂ the subtle and serene,Â to the exotic and erotic â€¦ and then there is â€œVoodooâ€ art: the dark art; art of the afterlife; art of the spirit world, or, what I will refer to as the â€œArt of the Macabreâ€.
It is hereÂ at the Art Center where I had the pleasure of attendingÂ a recent opening featuring resident artists displ aying their art.Â It is here, where we meetÂ Franklin Roosevelt Sinanan, a unique, avant-garde artist like no other. It is here where we can find what I call the â€˜Art of the Macabreâ€. Yes, it is here that we find the beauty in the â€œArt of the Macabreâ€.
Sinananâ€™s tiny studio space is like a miniature museum of voodoo and spiritual mystery. His art abounds inÂ its entireÂ splendor.Â It is a feast for the eyes, filled with overwhelming images that quietly scream the secrets of another realm with an intensity that seduces the imagination.
Sinananâ€™s workÂ is more than just theÂ Â expression of the voodoo/darkÂ arts. It is an expansion of his inner soulÂ and passion.Â It reeks of his vibrant energy beneath his quiet exterior.Â There is a flame that sparks light and life into the darkness with or without understanding thatÂ awakens the beauty of the mysterious world in the â€œArt of the Macabreâ€.
Many are overwhelmed, many are perplexed and others are in awe of the images of alters, demons,Â andÂ intense emotionsÂ that provokeÂ the soulÂ toÂ question,Â and interact with alternative perspectives. Regardless of whatever viewpoint one may have, there is no doubt that Sinanan is an authentic artist devoted to expressing his imagination through his art! During Art Basel Week, Sinanan will have a show at the â€œArt of Africaâ€ in Overtown.
BornÂ in TrinidadÂ and raised in Canada,Â Franklin Sianan now lives in Miami Beach.Â Sinanan is self taught and his work has evolved and h as taken on a distinct Afro-Caribbean flair since moving to Miami.Â â€œIn Canada,â€ he says, â€œmy work never looked like this. It was just a lot of white faces.â€Â Â Â He refers to himself as the outsiderÂ but feels comfortable his work despite the controversial art form.Â He says, â€œIâ€™m Canadian â€¦ I donâ€™t know anything about Santeria or Voodoo. â€œI was born in Trinidad, but I wasnâ€™t brought up there, so all this is new for me. I donâ€™t even know if they practice voodoo in Trinidad. Miami influenced me to create these pieces without really knowingÂ what I was doing. I just see it as art. But people keep telling meÂ its voodoo or black magic. But I just pulled this stuff out of my head. Itâ€™s all imagination.â€
â€œMy work allows me to release my emotions and to draw the viewerÂ into the pushÂ -Â pull of life, love -Â hate, violenceÂ -Â compassion, good -Â evil. Through my work I become transparentÂ -Â almost naked. Where nudity only shows my exterior, my art reveals the total me, inside and outÂ – the real me! I’m not a news junky, nor doÂ I read any lofty novels, but I absorb the world around me and with a non-religious spirituality I regurgitate my emotions into the work. For me, religion and politics are difficult to talk about, but when I channel it into my work it seems to come alive and mean something. I paint about everyday stuff: abuse, relationships, anger…….. Often my work offends people. I’m always surprised when people think my work evil, because I do it out of love for life. â€œ