ExperienceSOFI – South of Fifth Culinary and Arts Tour

ExperienceSOFI – South of Fifth Culinary and Arts Tour

This past Wednesday I had the opportunity to display my artwork at an event called Experience SoFi, an all-access pass to South of Fifth’s top restaurants for my second year in a row at the restaurant Nikki Beach. ExperienceSOFI is a a full take over of the Luxurious South of Fifth Neighborhood. The event brings together 20+ chefs, globally acclaimed artist, spirits, wines, new restaurants and neighborhood favorites for one amazing experience! Last year it was a great opportunity to be a part of this event. Even though I did not sell anything the night of the event, the restaurant I was featured at kept me in mind after seeing my artwork to create all of the work for the new restaurant they were opening on the premises called “Key West”. They ended up commissioning me to create four collages and a large installation at the entrance of the restaurant. Attached below are photos of the permanent install of my work as well as my set up the other night during the event.


Recent Projects and Upcoming Shows

Recent Projects and Upcoming Shows

I have been working on a few different projects and shows that I have coming up that I would like to share.

July 13th, at Chad Mize’s gallery MIZE I will be participating in a group show titled “Fruit Bowl” where 30 artists will be exhibiting and were all assigned a fruit as inspiration for their piece. The fruit I was assigned is “grapefruit”.

I will also be participating in another group show which will be based on “Sugar” at Libertine Contemporary – Fine Art Gallery on July 14th. What I love most about group shows is meeting all of the other local artists in the community and seeing everyones artwork together. Themed shows are great as well as they give you an extra push to create something in your style of work that you may not have thought to give a chance before.

Below is more information on the shows if you would like to join!

Fruit Bowl : A Seed-Bearing Art Exhibit

Friday, July 13 at 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

MIZE Gallery: 689 Dr MLK Jr Street N, Unit C, St. Petersburg

Sugar Show

Saturday, July 14 at 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Libertine Contemporary: 200 Central Ave. Suite 111, St. Petersburg




“Craft” – CreativeMornings St. Pete

“Craft” –  CreativeMornings


Last week I attended my first “Creative Mornings” talk at Station House in downtown St. Pete. For those of you that don’t know, CreativeMornings is a free breakfast event series that supports, inspires, and connects the creative community in more than 180 cities across the world. Each month they hold a free event in St. Petersburg that features coffee, light breakfast, and a 20-30 minute presentation from a local creative that aligns with the global CreativeMornings theme for that month. Each presentation is video-recorded, photographed, and uploaded to our website to be shared with the entire international community.

This month’s topic was “Craft” and the featured artist speaking was Steven Kenny (Who is also my assigned mentor through Creative Pinellas. How cool!)


“A craft is the instrument in which the authenticity of your being is communicated.”

“Your craft is like a portal to your inner world, and as an artist, it’s your duty to pull it out of the vortex. Craft is a catalyst for our identity and the soil for cultivating meaning.”

– Quotes from CreativeMornings website


Follow Your Passion

Follow Your Passion

My passion and appreciation for art goes back as far as I can remember. I have always thought of myself as a creative person and have always had the drive and need to create. Before I went to college to study art, my education in the arts was very minimal. I had only taken one art class in high school, and one introductory 2-dimensional art class at a previous collage I attended where I was not at the time majoring in studio art. It was then that I realized I was in the wrong major. I found that the arts were something that I wanted to continue to pursue and was fascinated with everything about it from the history it contains to physically making and creating art myself. Although I was intimidated with my lack of formal education in the arts prior to my career in college, I was full of inspiration, passion, willingness to learn, and a work ethic I knew I wanted to put towards creating myself as an artist and I have not looked back since!


How my work has evolved

How has your work evolved to what it is today?

This is one of the many questions artists get asked a lot. I recently was asked this question again and it made me think a little deeper and back track to see how over the years my artwork has evolved to what my current body of work looks like now. I went to college to study art and received my Bachelors of Fine arts in 2015. Throughout school I focused heavily on sculpture and installation artwork. My sculptural installations, no matter the material, usually consisted of several smaller parts arranged together to make a larger whole.  This was also starting to evolve in my “2-d” work as my paintings never felt complete to me unless I cut them up to then re-arrange with my hands and make a new composition. I began cutting my paintings into strips and weaving them together which was a more satisfying process for me (having a 3-d focused mind) vs. just paintbrush to paper. I needed to use my hands more! My sculpture was always very organic with fluid shapes and my “Woven Paintings” were very angular and sharp. I remember thinking to myself how can I bridge these two together to create a more cohesive body of work and still keep my style, originality and voice? I wanted people to be able to see my installations and see my paintings and know that it was me, to create a visual identity that could be seen in any medium of artwork I create..  I started to cut my paintings on paper into the organic shapes I would cut out of wood, metal, etc. in my sculptures and had my AHA! moment. I started to then collage my paintings and adhere them to panel working with the same intuitive mind set I work flow with when making my sculptural installations. I started my collage body of work a little over 2 years ago and continue to explore, grow, and evolve with it every day.

Below are photos of my newer work leading into my older pieces for context.






The Stylish Irreverence of Libertine Contemporary

(L-R) Artists Stephanie Agudelo and Ari Robinson pose next to Agudelo’s “Aquatic Utopia” series. Photo by Daniel Veintimilla

The Stylish Irreverence of Libertine Contemporary

A visit to the recent addition to St. Pete’s gallery walk.

Text by Julie Garisto
Photos by Daniel Veintimilla

June 15, 2018


In the southeast corner of downtown, where Rowdies fans in green and yellow scurry by to nearby Al Lang Stadium for another NASL soccer match, a contemporary art gallery is gaining some traction in the Burg scene.

Libertine Contemporary has been open around six months, and has made strides in showing works by artists in the local scene. Works from  Chad Mize, the Exquisite Corpse Games have hung on its walls, as well as those of notable artists from farther-flung locations. The sleek space has a commercial, fashion-forward, trendy L.A. vibe at first, but a closer look reveals works that convey subtext and ideas, transporting the viewer outside the realm of pure eye candy. And apropos to its name, Libertine shows works created in a variety of media with a spirit of rebellion and distinctive zazz.

During our visit during June’s Second Saturday Art Walk, the gallery featured Tampa Bay photographer Stephanie Agudelo, who received raves for her stunning “Aquatic Utopia” series. Using water as a method of obfuscation, she shows how shapes and forms alter when submerged, playing with our sense of reality. As we gaze at people underwater through the filter of ripples, colors swirl and subjects begin to look alternately grotesque and beautiful.

From top to bottom, Nobody’s Perfect, Island Escape and Shiksas by Shane Bowden. Photo by Daniel Veintimilla.

Libertine’s permanent, rotating collection includes Australian artist Shane Bowden, whose works call into question our ideas around entertainment, pleasure, fashion and consumerism, mixing elements of shock and humor with familiar logos, imagery and icons, both illustrated and human. His imagery encompasses graffiti, figure realism, abstract expressionism, and black-and-white print in an array of media.  He claims Warhol, Rauschenberg, Damien Hirst as his major influences, and uses humor and levity to help us deal with life’s frustrations.

One of his more shocking works is almost invisible until you study it up close. From his “Platinum Collection,” the work features a stark white background and a faint etching revealing a half-naked, Snow White in a compromising pose with her dwarfs.

“I started in art school but dropped out, they were teaching me everything I didn’t want to learn — the rules and guidelines — and I think art is the exact opposite of that,” the sought-after pop artist told the web magazine Pacific. “The reason I left art school is I didn’t want to get told what to do.”

Gallery Manager Ari Robinson, a Creative Pinellas 2018 Emerging Artist, has works in the collection, works from her dreamy Luna series. For the works, she collages hand-painted snippets of abstract waves and other shapes in a circular shape that resembles a photograph of the the moon’s surface, but if you stare up close, mysterious details emerge, adding new perspectives. Eye-catching for sure, Robinson’s work is getting attention locally and internationally. Along with being chosen for MIZE gallery’s “Fruit Bowl” exhibition next month, her work also appears on Les Vins Georges Duboeuf’s 2017 Beaujolais Nouveau label.

A print of Jason Brueck’s Guiding Light was for sale for $220.

There’s also the visceral, hyper-kinetic abstracts and pop icon works of Timothy Raines and Jay Johansen‘s striking figurative realism. London artist Zeus cleverly calls attention to corporate intrusions on our health and everyday lives with his colorful pills. Jason Brueck, one of my personal favorites, is an emerging digital artist from Fort Myers, who now calls East Nashville home. His photographic manipulations are otherworldly, a bit tweaked and often downright chilling. Be sure to check out his “Alter Images” series, which juxtaposes a feeling of being outer space and scenes of Old Florida. One of the standouts, Guiding Light, depicts an astronaut wandering through a Florida landscape as fireflies sparkle around him like stars. I couldn’t stop looking at it.

On the night of the Art Walk, a  Z.AA dress up studio pop-up boutique of “sophisticated, dynamic and edgy” fashions added a splash color to the white space. The fun, elegant, ready-to-wear female fashions helped provide that haute couture ambiance mentioned earlier.

All told, Libertine Contemporary is a welcome addition to the art community with affordable price points, a kicky irreverence and a lack of formalism that many will find refreshing.

More art shot by Daniel Veintimilla:






I have recently challenged myself to use certain colors that are not normally in my palette for a new piece I was starting. As an artist I think that it is easy to get comfortable with ways you normally do things, but within this grant period I want to explore and push the boundaries of my work while sticking to my artistic voice. Red is always a color I have stayed away from but I have made myself explore the ways I can use the color within the bright and vibrant palette my work usually consists of. Here are photos throughout my creative process of my newest collage.

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