Curator, Rolando Chang Barrero, selected the three South Florida artists to keep an eye out for in the upcoming exhibition which opens with a reception on May 25th, at 7 pm at The Box Gallery in West Palm Beach (811 Belvedere Road).

Patricio Rodrigues is a Cuban born contemporary artist living in Miami. Rodrigues attended and graduated from National Academy Of Fine Arts Havana, Cuba with merit to present his work in the 2000 Academic exhibition in the art of engraving. He was awarded best thesis project, and his works are in private collections in the United States, France, Mexico and Cuba.

Adriano Ficarelli is a street photographer who was born and raised in the multicultural environment of Brazil, with strong family ties to Italy and the United States. He is a West Palm Beach, resident and a U.S citizen. He was deeply influenced by his extended family of artists: painters, musicians, composers and architects. In his youth, Adriano was captivated by the 1960’s black and white photographs he found in his father’s collection of the Italian magazine Domus. Later, at university, he studied electronics, architecture, art history and graphic design. But he became a self-taught photographer as he began experimenting with black and white film.

Every good movie is an inspiration to Adriano. His photographic style stems from his appreciation of cinema. His artistic eye observes a specific moment in the flow of life around him and captures it to reveal the special qualities that attracted him. The photograph is a candid shot evoking an emotional response. Handheld in any environment.

David Rohn (who we are so proud of, as he writes for Hotspots) is interested in the ways that social and personal issues intersect and collide. The socio/political environment is diverse and contradictory in ways that are interesting to examine and to de-construct, and may lead to better understanding why it can be so difficult to feel connected to the larger whole or, even to oneself.

The scale and complexity of the social and political constructs are held together and split apart through an ever wider range of communication platforms, which seem, paradoxically more socially dis-integrative than ever.

According to Rohn: “The portrait series reflect my social observations and internal responses to what I see around me. I believe the sense of loss, of disconnect and isolation, of aggression and degradation, seem widespread in our civilization now.” Responding to this from his own experience, and reflected in people he see around him, represents an attempt to connect, or at least understand better what it might mean.

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