Yesterday at Hub Seventeen in New York, we hosted a lunch to celebrate Miami-based artist Alexander Mijares’ New York debut. The exhibition, “No Distrcations,” takes on two entirely new techniques—black-and-white works, all in oil—which is a bold contrast from his previous colorful works in acrylic, inspired largely by his Latin roots. “I wanted the focus to be on the linework of the art—keeping it simple, yet complex,” said Miajres.
Just a few hours later, the artist held an event for art world insiders to explore the new collection, including guests like his fiancée Greta Jimenez, model Tobias Sorensen, restauranteur Omar Hernandez, DJs BLK ID Twins, real estate developer Brandon Cauff, actor Duane McLaughlin, Robin Capili and Jamie Lynn Shafman of Kin Room, and more. Attendees also enjoyed light bites inspired by Mijares’ Cuban heritage, and cocktails by Buchanan’s Whisky—a toast to a recent partnership he had with the brand and its ambassador J Balvin for the Imparables Coleccion.
On view through November 4, the exhibition shows an array of the artist’s works—from color canvases to the black-and-white pieces, and some bronze sculptures, too. The new pieces, however, were dreamed up after a three-day trip to Manhattan, wherein he took in the city as an outsider, roaming the streets to marvel at its architecture, energy, and chromatic-like beauty. Seen in the space are pieces that translate many of New York’s iconic characters, like Bat Man, and others that are global, like Mickey Mouse. These are characters he said were those that came to mind when he thought of New York.
“Following this new collection, my next venture will be to mix my original style of acrylic with oils and play on both new styles,” said Mijares. “I think it’s really going to add texture and depth to my work in a stronger and deeper way. My pieces that are acrylic have a lot of movement, but I feel that by adding oils to the finished product will give it richness and texture like never before.”