Acrylic on canvas
30” x 40”
Born and raised in Miami, Alexander Mijares has a keen eye for finding inspiration everywhere—whether it’s in people, traveling abroad to a faraway place or just observing culture as it exists in itself. In Miami, a city renowned for its great passion, Mijares has been exposed to cultures from all over the world. His family roots in Cuba and Spain have also helped give his artwork a unique, colorful, and almost historic feel. Mijares creates art that has significant meaning to him, such as a friendship, or the passing of a loved one, and that sense of purpose comes across on the canvas. Mijares’s latest creation, “Making Music through Art,” was painted specifically for Festival Miami’s 30th anniversary celebration.
When the painting is first viewed, large and colorful musical instruments such as a piano, keyboard, and conga drums are quickly identified. However, upon closer inspection, the painting has much more to offer. Throughout the painting, Mijares has hidden numerous musical objects such as bongos, a microphone, maracas and more. It also evokes the excitement of the varied musical genres performed at Festival Miami, from classical masterworks to Latin, jazz, blues and beyond.
Mijares expresses love about his artwork in words of admiration, “I wanted to paint something that makes you want to think about music, dancing, and life. I used bright colors and quick lines, which almost seems as if the painting is dancing.” He believes the painting “engages the viewer.” “At the end of the day,” he explains, “I wanted a fun and exciting piece, one that would make people smile.”
Can you find all of the hidden items in the painting?