“Outsiders” brings together pieces within this movement;including a few that will be shown in Miami for the first time. The selection brings together artists from America, Cuba, Haiti, Honduras and Jamaica who are known for this kind of work.
Despite the obvious differences between the artists and their work, there are sub-themes that can be followed throughout the show. Daily life is one of the main themes for outsider artists; in this exhibition represented by Isabel de las Mercedes and Ruperto Jay Matamoros. Political opinion scan also be part of the daily events and artists like Benjamin Franklin Perkins illustrated their ideas in his piece on exhibition.
Religion is another of the main subjects for these artists, actually some of them are priests, and their path to art was through religious experiences and their need to represent them. Artists like Albert Artwell, Everald Brown, Smith Denis, Kapo and Andre Pierre, painted their visions and ideas about religious life.
Among the outsider artists there is also a significant trend of fantastic imagery, represented in this exhibition by Felipe Jesus Consalvo, Jasmin Joseph, and Jerome Polycarpe. There is also the perpetual need of portraying people represented in the show by Samuel Feijoo’s sensual paintings.
This exhibition also presents two local talents: Emilio Martinez and Dutch. Martinez has participated in other galleries and museum exhibitions, but this is the first gallery exhibition for Dutch. Both artists experiment with collages getting very different results. Martinez favors mostly a monochrome palette, creating somber depictions of his visions. On the other hand, Dutch is more adventurous with color and gives a positive take on life. Like many other outsider artists, they use their art as a way to record their personal experiences and their philosophical views.