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Past exhibition

ENDLESS SPACE - ERNESTO GUTIÉRREZ

Vargas Gallery, in collaboration with the Art Department of Vargas University, is proud to present ENDLESS SPACE a solo exhibition by Ernesto Gutiérrez
Ernesto Gutiérrez paintings are affected by its surroundings and suggest an intuitive understanding of space: the essence of the landscape is sought after, and superfluous details are disgarded. Curated by Henry Ballate M.F.A. this exhibition reveals the intimate space of the artist.

La pintura es el camino más largo y recorrido por la inspiración humana, es un camino de fe. Con todas sus muertes anunciadas continua teniendo muy buena salud y considero que esto se debe a que se trata de algo intrínseco e inseparable del alma. Ernesto empieza a recorrer este camino desde el sitio más difícil, el principio. Sin falsos atajos, sin calles asfaltadas ni bajadas dóciles ha comenzado con la frescura que le permite desaprender y suspender el juicio, necesaria para enfrentarse a la historia. Por suerte, tiene mucho que decir. Sus pinturas tratan sobre una realidad que no existe más que en su mente y en la superficie de la tela. Paisajes con un cielo lateral, lluvia que sube, cascadas que no caen, sombras en lugares de luz… también una realidad posible . Ernesto se lo ha cuestionado todo, no sabe a donde va pero tiene muy claro donde no ir. Su camino se torna cada vez más claro y transitable, su país de formas ya tiene lenguaje propio. Buen viaje amigo mío.

Michel Perez Pollo. La Habana, Enero de 2017.

We are perpetually surrounded by space, we inhabit it, yet we rarely ever think about it. We might be briefly reminded when we see a majestic landscape, or when we come home again after a long day. Ernesto Gutiérrez paintings are affected by its surroundings and suggest an intuitive understanding of space: the essence of the landscape is sought after, and the superfluous details are discarded. Within the picture plane anything is possible. It becomes like a window; and in our minds, we can be any size at all and imagine ourselves within the space the artist has created. “My paintings share the motivation to create my own illogical space highlighting the ambiguities and the absurd,” Ernesto explains. Amazingly, every empty space in the composition is full of purpose, with a suggestion of landscape. The result is a peaceful Endless Space which embraces the spiritual. Welcome Ernesto.

Henry Ballate. Miami, January, 2017.

Ernesto Gutiérrez Moya was born in Havana, Cuba in 1995. He graduated from the Academia National de Bellas Artes in San Alejandro, Cuba. Moya concentrated in painting, engraving and photography and was the professor of technique and representation for two years at the San Alejandro Academy.
Vargas Gallery is the Vargas University professional art gallery coordinated by Vargas University Department of Art. Our mission is to encourage students, faculty and the local community to participate in a creative environment that exhibits works of art which engage spectators in dialogues with the contemporary artworld. Vargas Gallery exhibits the work of emerging artists as well as national and internationally recognized professional artists.
Exhibition Opening on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 6:00 PM
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Tailor Boat - Representation in Post-Modern Art by Antonio Guerrero


Vargas Gallery, in collaboration with the Art Department of Vargas University, is proud to present Tailor Boat - Representation in Post-Modern Art by Antonio Guerrero (1968) Cuban American Artist.  The exhibit is curated by Henry Ballate.

 

Man versus nature escaping from political reality is the central topic in Guerrero’s exhibition. Figurative paintings and drawings by Antonio Guerrero come together in this major exhibition that explores the artist’s spiritual genealogy as it relates to his Cuban-based reality and drama of the exodus. Many generations of Cubans have been born and lived in the path of the exodus. Guerrero is one of those who climbed into a secretly designed raft and floated at sea for five days; It is here that this political consequence has found so much personal material for his artistic practices and confronting us with Tailor Boat, with the exodus, with never-ending human tragedy.

 

Vargas Gallery is the Vargas University professional art gallery coordinated by Vargas University Department of Art. Our mission is to encourage students, faculty and the local community to participate in a creative environment that exhibits works of art which engage spectators in dialogues with the contemporary artworld. Vargas Gallery exhibits the work of emerging artists as well as national and internationally recognized professional artists.

      

Join us Thursday, March 3, 2016 from 6pm-10pm

The exhibition will continue until March 31, 2016.

 

For more information, email us at: ballateh@jmvu.edu

The Humanized-Shoes    Fifty Years of Painting by Dionisio Rene 

Exhibition Opening, Thursday, October 1st, 2015 at 6:00pm. 

Vargas Gallery, in collaboration with the art department of Vargas University, is proud to present Fifty Years of Painting by Dionisio Rene (Cuba-1940) curated by Henry Ballate. This wide selection includes paintings from 1965 to 2015, displayed as a journey to the artist’s major periods, it aims to demonstrates Dionisio Rene as a key figure in Cuban art, and one of the most consistent and prolific painters of our time. This retrospective examines the artist as a global figure. Dionisio’s strokes continue to move even after the work is completed, its fluidity and rhythm throb and tumble around in the space between the viewer and the canvas. These outstanding examples reveal the imprint within Dionisio Rene’s hybrid style of surrealism and magic realism. This is the most ambitious show to date of the Vargas Gallery.

   

   

Vargas Gallery is Jose Maria Vargas University professional Art Gallery coordinated by the Art Department. The Vargas Gallery mission is to encourage students, faculty, and the local community to participate in a creative environment that acquires and exhibits works of art that engage in a conversation with the contemporary artworld. Through exhibitions and seminars, complemented with diverse cultural activities, Vargas Gallery aims to educate and create an ongoing dialogue with the public in the concepts of contemporary art and its role in society. By exhibiting the work of students, faculty, emerging and established international and local artists, Vargas Gallery fosters education that stimulates critical thinking and art appreciation. Our vision is to be an active participant of the art community in South Florida and abroad while enriching the quality of life and art experience of the Jose Maria Vargas University community.

Exhibition Opening, Thursday, 

October 1st, 2015 at 6:00pm. 

The exhibition will continue until 

November 1st , 2015.

Vargas Gallery invites you the solo exhibition of Miami-based photographer Wes Carson, The Miami Project: Observations of a 21st Century Culture, open until April 24, 2014.



Carson’s current project seeks to investigate and capture Miami’s culture through documentary photographs of daily life. His work is a snapshot of the city through images of its people, artifacts and environment. He carries a small portable camera with him at all times and photographs all possible daily encounters. It is his belief that the use of readily accessible technology is a practical and essential conceptual component in his project. The images are not meant to report truth or facts about the individuals depicted but instead create narratives of particular moments of Miami’s cultural history. Carson is a former assistant to famed photographer Irving Penn and is a graduate of the University of Miami with a Master of Fine Arts in Photography and Digital Imaging. He currently lives and works in Miami as a fine art documentary photographer and university professor.

The exhibition will continue until April 24, 2014.


Vargas Gallery is proud to present our international artists exhibition Allegory: Beyond depiction, banalities & cultural statements. Dedicated to highlighting artists from different countries while establishing our commitment to support both new talent and cross-cultural exchange.

It is our objective to provide quality exhibitions that enrich the visual arts experience in the community while inspiring students and individuals to pursue a career in the arts.

Vargas Gallery is the Jose Maria Vargas University professional Art Gallery coordinated by the Art Department.The Vargas Gallery exhibits the work of national and internationally recognized professional artists as well as emerging artists and students. Our vision is to be an active participant of the art community in South Florida and abroad while enriching the quality of life and art experience of the Jose Maria Vargas University community.

Vargas Gallery is located at 8300 South Palm Drive Pembroke Pines
Viewing hours are
Mondays-Friday, 10:00 am-10:00 pm
Saturdays, 10:00 am-4:00 pm.

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MFA Exhibition: Interplay



The South Florida Group Show

From the warm and eclectic South Florida, Vargas Gallery is proud to present fifteen artists who devote themselves to their passion by leading a life making art and in art education. The South Florida Group Show includes artists that explore a variety of concepts from automatism, geometric abstraction to the exploration of space, the nude and the human experience. Residing in South Florida has influenced their work, be it for the landscape or its people, and has allowed them to explore new techniques and concepts they might have previously overlooked.

This exhibition is intended to provide the community with a representation of what is being produced by local artists. The artists explore an array of mediums including photography, painting, mixed media and sculptures, as well as an ample variety of subject matters like eroticsm, spirituality and iconography. This exhibition is not meant to be viewed as a cohesive argument but more as an exploration of the individual’s art making process in the contemporary South Florida artworld. Join us on Friday, July 5th, 2013, from 6pm-10pm to celebrate the exhibition opening.

Participating Artists:
Aidana Baldassarre
Angela Ales
Carola Perla
Eros Alessandro
Israel Guevara
Jeff Perren
Jose Riera
Max Love
Nikki Rotunda
Pamela Ward-Reagan
Robyn Vegas
Ron Lores
Shady Eshghi
Wesly Alvarez
Yamel Molerio

Virginia Erdie



June 7 at 6:00pm until June 28 at 10:00pm

We are pleased to announce our first solo show by artist Virginia Erdie.

The artist work delves into an exploration and concern with contemporary social issues, and include satirical paintings that confront commercialism, greed, sexual abuse and oppression. Her latest work, which content touches issues like human trafficking, prostitution and the oppression of women is to be seen as educational and informative. The works to be exhibited were originally meant to be shown at her former studio and City-operated gallery space in Pembroke Pines, but when it was censored by such Erdie moved her studio to McCormick Place in Downtown Miami. Join us Friday, June 7th, 2013, from 6pm-10pm to celebrate the exhibition opening.

Jonathan DeCamps MFA EXHIBITION


Friday may 3rd, from 6pm to 10pm

Brittany Smith MFA EXHIBITION

the bird + bee show


Exhibition Opening March 22nd, 2013 from 6pm10pm.  The exhibition will continue until April 26.

Brittany Lynne Smith, also known as Britter-Sweet, is an eccentric freelance artist with a passion for the peculiar and the whimsical. She currently holds a Bachelor’s degree in Illustration and will be completing her Master’s degree in Visual Arts at the end of March. Smith takes on a variety of creative jobs ranging from illustrating children’s books, character design, and custom murals to prop design, live art and face painting. Today as a growing artist, Smith strives to perfect her craft, keeping her art career moving forward and into the spotlight!


2013 High School Students Exhibition

February 1, 2013 from 6pm to 10pm

We are pleased to announce the participation of the Somerset Academy's National Art Honor Society in our First Annual High School Students Exhibition. Somerset Academy's National Art Honor Society consists of high school students who love art and are considering a career in the art field. They are an active group that during the school year put on a haunted house, painted faces and conducted arts and crafts activities with elementary students at the Winter Wonderland event, put together the school's two art shows, and participated in the school's Multicultural Festival. Join us Friday, February 1st, 2013, from 6pm-10pm to celebrate the exhibition opening.



Congratulations to all the artists selected for the 2013 High School Students Exhibition!

Faculty Exhibition

November 2nd, 2012 our official grand opening with the 2012 Faculty Exhibition.

Vargas Gallery is the Vargas University professional art gallery coordinated by Vargas University Department of Art and its faculty. Our mission is to encourage students, faculty members and the local community to participate in a creative environment that exhibits works of art which engage participants in dialogues with the contemporary artworld. Vargas Gallery exhibits the work of national and internationally recognized professional artists as well as emerging artists. We organize a total of six exhibitions annually, consisting of one faculty exhibition, one exhibition for local artists, one for international artists, one for high school teachers, a high school student’s exhibition and a Vargas University open exhibition.

        
Henry Ballate                                                    Tom Devita                                                              Annie Y. Saldana

The 2012 Faculty Exhibition will showcase Vargas University Department of Art Faculty, consisting of Professor Henry Ballate, whose paintings are based on the appropriation of historical works of art in order to deal with provocative popular images of today’s society, and Professor Annie Y. Saldana, whose photographic images create an environment that provokes the mind by exploring and embracing the transformation of the urban landscape. We are also glad to have with us Professor Tom Devita as this year's special guest. His oil paintings are an exploration of harmony in dissonance, "it is my pursuit to create paintings that appear both old and new".