Art Takes Miami / by VOCAL

SeeMe + SCOPE Present the Grand Prize Winner at Art Basel Miami


Miami, FL (December 6, 2018) — This year’s event program from the global art-curation platform SeeMe wraps up with a special finale exhibition during Art Basel Miami 2018. Between December 6–9, visitors to the international art fair can view the works from more than 200 members of the SeeMe community from which Bogdan Luca was selected as the lucky winner of the event’s grand prize.  

To participate in the upcoming Art Takes Miami exhibition to be held at SCOPE Miami Beach, today’s brilliant and passionate artists were invited to submit their work for the exclusive opportunity to showcase their craft to global buyers, critics and curators visiting Art Basel. From the selection of 200+ displayed works shortlisted from the thousands of entrants, a panel of recognized creative professionals selected the top twelve artists from which Bogdan Luca was selected to receive the grand prize of a $5000 cash grant and a feature on the SeeMe platform through a video spotlight of their creative process.

Bogdan Luca’s works are reminiscent of faint memories from personal observations in both his waking life and dream state; memories blurred by almost somber-like blues and purples, faint as a consequence of staring into electronic screens for too long. Luca compels viewers to gaze beyond the thick haze of ambiguous images and question their own understanding of reality.

Alongside the digital canvas of artworks presented by Blackdove, Lucas’ featured prints and the 12 selected artists will be on display and available for purchase. Supporting this featured installation will be a visual takeover of the Visual Artist Summit at Miami Dome on December 6, a venue famed for its wrap-around imaging shows filling the entire spherical ceiling. With the overhead show fueled by SeeMe’s selection of artists, guests will enjoy the sounds of Marc Kinchen, with special musical guests Leyva and Carabetta & Doons.

Since its establishment in 2012, SeeMe has helped a fleet of artists in a creative league of their own to nurture their careers to their full potential. SeeMe accomplishes this with regular events that spotlight these artists to millions of viewers worldwide at locations such as the Louvre, the White House and Art Basel. With an audience of more than a million supporters spanning over 30 countries, SeeMe is the destination for artists and photographers to establish global recognition and connect with enthusiasts and collectors.

• Art Takes Miami at SCOPE, 801 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139 — December 4-9

• SeeMee Afterparty at Miami Dome, 123 Address Street — Thursday, December 6, 6:00pm-2:00am

For more information on joining the community and submitting your work for consideration in the upcoming curation events, visit www.See.Me.  For all media inquiries contact VOCAL.  

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About Bogdan Luca:

Born in 1978 in Bucharest Romania, Bogdan showed an early interest in painting and was fortunate to have artistic mentors who helped him develop the focus, skills and curiosity that continue to sustain his artistic practice today. He moved to Canada in 1994 and following the completion of his classical animation training in 2000 Bogdan spent a decade working as an animator, background artist, animation designer, storyboard artist on a multitude of TV and online projects. In 2008 he graduated from the Master of Visual Studies program at the University of Toronto with a body of work that addressed painting in relation to movement, change, looping, repetition and other notions coming from the world of animation. In 2011 he completed a monumental public-art painting project commemorating the war of 1812 on the campus of Brock University in St Catherine’s, Canada. Bogdan has had numerous exhibitions of his work in Canada, Italy, Romania, Germany and the US. He currently teaches in the fine arts department at OCAD University and the Sheridan Institute of Technology.


About the Selection Panel:

Alexis Hubshman, SCOPE (Founder) — Graduated from Glasgow School of Art and Bard College, Alexis Hubshman is the founder and president of SCOPE Art Fair, Inc. a privately held international contemporary art show. Founded in 2002, SCOPE has produced over 65 international art shows in New York, Miami, Basel, London, Los Angeles and The Hamptons. In fourteen years, SCOPE has grown into one of the largest, most innovative and adventurous contemporary art shows in the world. It has the largest global presence with sales over $850m and 450,000 visitors annually.

Alex Nero, Artist — Alex Nero is a Ukraine-born American artist living and working in New York City who uses art as a medium to explore and express his appreciation for the synchronicity of the universe and the beings within it. Nero’s current body of work utilizes experimental techniques with chemistry and physical dynamics of paint within vessels of water, captured by digital photography. Nero’s imagery inspires a dialogue with the subconscious, allowing a unique experience through individual interpretation.  This work has reached millions and can be found in private and corporate collections throughout the world. 

Marc Billings, Black Dove (Founder) — Marc explores his passions for art and technology in building the subscription-based video art platform Blackdove. As CEO he leads Blackdove’s product and market development and a fast-growing team in Miami. His previous successes include data center company Digiport, cloud computing venture Itopia, Incubate Miami, South Florida’s first technology accelerator, and market leading online boat rental community Marc enjoys travelling with his wife and two children, playing tennis, and supporting projects that have a positive social impact on humanity.

Sarah Bronilla, VOCAL (Founder & CEO) — Sarah Bronilla moved to New York in ’99 to launch the now notorious VICE Magazine in the USA. After years of leading all external communications for VICE and once its international fame was established, she left to consult on other marketing initiatives. Now with over ten years as a Public Relations authority, Bronilla’s client roster has ranged from blue chip heavyweights such as Casio, Microsoft and Absolut to fashion brands including Saturdays, Ray Ban, G-Shock and Rad Hourani. Her approach to media communications is both innovative and instinctive. She believes in connecting her clients with circles of influencers and creatives to build and foster strong networks in order to get real and enduring media results.


About SeeMe:

SeeMe is the number-one destination for serious artists and photographers to establish recognition, connect with enthusiasts and collectors, and develop genuine commercial opportunity.  With an audience of more than a million supporters spanning over 30 countries, SeeMe has established an open platform that allows emerging artists and photographers to truly flourish outside of the traditional and restrictive agent / gallery model.  Through their ongoing series of exhibition events, SeeMe is further strengthening the relationships between artists, gallerists and collectors.