Join CRUSH for a reception and artist party for Double Vision: Luis Valle and Jay Bellicchi.
Music provided by PterrorFractyl.
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ABOUT THE SHOW:
Double Vision is a show consisting of two dimensional and three dimensional works from Luis Valle and Jay Bellicchi. The artists have appropriated their background in outdoor street and mural art for a gallery setting.
The work on display will explore and contest themes of death, cultural heritage and the artistic tradition of Memento Mori. There will be over 30 pieces of work on view and available for purchase.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Luis Valle ("EL CHAN GURI”) is a multi-disciplined artist who was born in Managua, Nicuragua. Valle and his family re-located to Miami, Florida, due to war and political instability in their homeland. Luis expressed interest and excelled in the arts from an early age. He received formal training from Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, where he earned a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Visual Arts, specialising in painting and metal fabrication. He later went on to receive a Master of Arts Degree from NYU, where he developed a strong interest and practice in video art. He is now an active agent and influence within the Wynwood Arts District, Miami, FL and his large-scale murals can be viewed throughout the world, as well as parts of Southern Florida.
Since moving to Miami in 2000, Jay Bellicchi (“REMOTE”), a Boston native, has grown alongside the burgeoning art scene as a dynamic artist with influences in graffiti and graphic design. He was inspired by his father at a young age, a visual artist and graphic designer. Bellicchi’s love for art and music directed him to graffiti and street art. In 2007, Bellicchi co-founded ALT SPACE Art Gallery in Coconut Grove, Miami, FL, an artist operated gallery. Some years later, he founded "GRAFF TOYZ," an eccentric toy company that creates graffiti inspired décor pieces and art objects. Bellicchi's most recent project is a new series of works entitled SPRAYSKULL, a sculptural series of works which primarily incorporates re-used and re-purposed graffiti and art making materials. Bellicchi has adorned canvases, walls and fine art pieces with his artwork for more than 20 years. His work has been featured in numerous South Florida publications, in addition to national and internationally distributed art books.
DATELINE is a contemporary art gallery located in the River North (RiNo) art district in Denver, Colorado.