American Pavilion, Shanghai Art Fair
Naples, Florida (Naples Art News)– Florida International University alumnus,Jesus Manuel Rojas Torres M.S’05will travel this week to Shanghai, China to cover the inaugural American Pavilion, Shanghai Art Fair 2011.
Rojas Torres, a Venezuelan-born Internationalist & Blogger based in Miami since 1995, is the Founder & Publisher for What’s Up Miami?, the forward-looking art & culture blog and for La Columna de Jesus, an artistic blog about human consciousness and spirituality.
Rojas Torres’ first experience as a graduate student of Journalism was in 2005 when he partnered with Miami-based artist Sinuhe Vega Leiter and with former business partner, Ben Bela Abounassif to create Leiter Gallery, an art space located in Belle Meade outside the arts circuits of Miami.
The creative trio of professionals successfully produced exhibitions such as “Cachao & Friends” a photographic exhibition by Miami Herald’s Carl P. Juste to honor the late Mambo King.
Other unprecedented visual art experiences followed such as “The Art of Living,” and the “Unveiling of the Sculpture Garden.” In less than a year, such artistic involvements allowed Ben Bela Abounassif to start creating his own art and Rojas Torres eventually started to produce art events in alternative spaces such as “Art After Dark & Experimental Innovators”during April 2008 Wynwood Arts Walk.
In November 2009, Rojas Torres created “What’s Up Miami?” to promote Abounassif’s solo exhibition at ICON South Beach during Art Basel Week. ”One day, it was that simple, I was listening to WVUM 90.5 FM, and I heard Dj Laura of Miami with her sultry voice say, What’s Up Miami? and Eureka! What’s Up Miami? blog was born,” said Rojas Torres in his Examiner column.
For more than a year, Rojas Torres visited galleries throughout Miami and gave free publicity to establish his credibility as a blogger. In April 2010, he was selected by Clarity Media Group to write as an independent contractor the Miami What’s Up Miami? To Cover Shanghai Art Fair and The Inaugural American Pavilion 2011.
In January 2011, Museum Curator & Art Dealer, Aldo Castillo offered Rojas Torres the opportunity for additional exposure doing publicity for the International Fine Arts Expositions during MIA Art Fair at the Miami Beach Convention Center. His booth was strategically located at the Museum wing of the fair along with the Lowe Art Museum, the Frost Art Museum, The Wolfsonian- FIU and the Bass Museum.
This will be Rojas Torres’ first international experience, a blogger from Miami will document, as reported in the New York Times, “China’s New Cultural Revolution, A Surge in Art Collecting.” The pavilion curated by Associate Director, Aldo Castillo, will host the presence of American galleries exhibiting selective Contemporary and Modern: Studio International Art & Design, Galerie Helene Lamarque, Curator’s Voice Art Projects, CFM Gallery, Lowe Art Museum, Rimonin Art Gallery,LGM Internacional, Beaux Arts Gallery, Bandi Trazos Gallery, A. Jain Marunouchi Gallery, Elite Fine Art Editions and Aldo Castillo Gallery.
This inaugural initiative is a collaborative endeavor between Castillo and Bandi–Trazos, a company established in Shanghai, China and Seoul Korea since 2006 developing artists from South and North America.The American Pavilion follows in the footsteps of the Latin-American Pavilion, also organized by Bandi-Trazos since 2007.
American Pavilion – Shanghai Art Fair
Address: 99 Xing Yi Rd., Hong Qiao
Development Zone, Shanghai. P.R. CHINA
Tel: 86 1370 186 4617