“Fiart 2009 is an interpretation of creative visions oriented toward the affirmation of the Dominican Republic Country Brand, designed as a megaproject of visual arts...
Fiart Santo Domingo 2009, the country´s first International Art Fair, to be held in the Palace of Fine Arts, will host some 27 art galleries from Puerto Rico, Panama, United States, Colombia, Venezuela, Canada and the Dominican Republic. More than 145 artists from 18 countries will attend the 4-day Art Fair.
María Consuelo Padilla, Associate Director of Fiart, spoke in the name of the Ocean Dom Group, S.A., the company that organized this Art Fair, which is unprecedented in the history and culture of the Dominican Republic. The Fair will open on May 20th with a cocktail party at the Palace of Fine Arts and will run until May 24th.
“Fiart 2009 is an interpretation of creative visions oriented toward the affirmation of the Dominican Republic Country Brand, designed as a megaproject of visual arts, and is the first event of this dimension in our country.”
This first edition is dedicated, on a national level, to the teacher Iván Tovar and on an international level to Colombian Fernando Botero. It also includes the special participation of Cuban artists Pedro Pablo Oliva and Ulises Bretaña.
The participating galleries are: Alinka, Art San Ramón, Casa de Teatro Art Gallery, Bodden Gallery, Francisco Nader Art Gallery, Shanell Art Gallery, Guernica Art Gallery, Apart Gallery, La Colección Art Gallery, Lucy Art Gallery, One Art Gallery, Pedro Bodden Art Latin America, Portfolio Art Trade Space, Lisa Kirkman Gallery, Expo Art Montreal of Canada, Art Nouveau from Venezuela, Art & Art and The Wall Gallery from Colombia; Cabezas Gallery from New York; Flamingo Road Gallery, Miami; Sebelén Art Gallery, Puerto Rico; and the Virbio Corp Gallery of Panama.
Fiart 2009 will also have the honor of welcoming, as special guests, the sculptures of “El Artístico,” José Ignacio Morales, Mariojosé Ángeles and Salvador Vassallo, on the areas outside the Fine Arts building.
María Consuelo Padilla explained that private collectors will also participate in the exhibition by lending their paintings. Among the collectors is Isaac Rudman, whose generosity and support of the exhibition is greatly appreciated. Karim Abu Naba´a, one of the biggest collectors of the master Iván Tovar, is also collaborating in this project. “We appreciate the trust and support he has shown in us by lending part of his collection of this great artist.” Fair organizers also thanked the Raigorodsky Foundation, in the name of its president Silvio Raigorodsky, for its interest, trust and support of the project.
Emerging art also has its place at Fiart 2009 with artists showing their work in the Contemporary Collection. These artists are: Angel Mendoza, Carlos Vega, David Arzeno, Dionis Ortiz, Evelyn Lima, Hugo Alegre, José Pión, Kilia Llano, Leticia Ceballos, Magdalena Ubranska and Georgina Marcelino.
In addition, there is also the so-called Optic Hall, which is lined with photographs of the best work of such photographers as Alain Bañón, Fausto Ortiz, Héctor Carbuccia, Anabelle Pérez and Rubén Abud.
Padilla announced the members of the selection committee and they are Danilo De Los Santos, Marianne de Tolentino and Abil Peralta, who is also the curator. The coordinator of speeches is Gamal Michelén.
There will be a concert featuring several different musical genres and fusions such as jazz, Latin jazz, Classical and everything that reflects the Dominican roots.
The inaugural gala, which will be held on Wednesday May 20, promises to be a wonderful night and a grand start of the Art Fair. There will be a concert featuring several different musical genres and fusions such as jazz, Latin jazz, Classical and everything that reflects the Dominican roots.
It is being held as a benefit for the San Lorenzo de Los Mina Mother’s and Children’s Hospital and for bien.com, an organization that supports art and artists by encouraging high functioning students in public and private schools who have artistic inclination.
Marianne de Tolentino, Director of the Fine Arts National Gallery, also spoke at the meeting.
Among other novelties at this year’s Art Fair will be seminars and workshops where great artists will offer their advice on a variety of facets of arts. Other activities include music from the singer and composer Enya Tejeda. Gamal Michelén, will give a speech titled, “Twentieth Century, Art and Conception of Reality.” From Puerto Rico, Gretchel Dilan will talk about “Small Art Galleries, a Marriage of Convenience,” among other workshops.