Snap! Downtown presents the inaugural exhibition of ‘VIRUNGA’ by Adam Kiefer. Also presenting new works by artists Jaime Margary, Peterson J Guerrier in OG1 Gallery and Ya La’ford in OG2 Gallery.
Adam Kiefer is an Orlando based conservation photographer whose work has taken him to Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, since 2013. Virunga is Africa’s oldest National Park, one of the most bio-diverse places in the world, and home to the last of the mountain gorillas. It is also the most dangerous park to protect as over 140 rangers have lost their lives. Over the years, Kiefer has photographed the wildlife, and the brave park rangers, men and women, who risk their lives every day to protect it.
Peterson Guerrier is a painter and photographer who grew up in Miami, FL. where he studied design. He then acquired a Fine Arts degree from College of Creative Studies in Detroit, MI. His distinctive imagery, textured by layers of colors and drips, has been exhibited in galleries such as RGPL High Point market (NC) and X Contemporary Gallery, during Art Basel Miami. His works have been commissioned by various high-profile companies in hospitality and advertising including Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. Peterson’s currently lives and works in Orlando, Florida.
Born in 1976, Puerto Rican artist Jaime Margary taught himself from a young age to experiment with any tools he could acquire. Margary’s sources of inspiration are as diverse as his forms of expression: his endless curiosity, patience and determination take him through sculptures, acrylic on canvas, watercolor, pen illustrations and, occasionally, bridging these together into animated projects. His work has been featured in The Guardian, New York Daily, gone viral on several occasions, and he became a featured artist in Orlando Weekly’s ‘Best Of.’ “Good Trouble,” his latest pointillist series, focuses on African American voices which have challenged institutionalized racism in America. Heroes to the disenfranchised, the subsequent anger provoked by their efforts served as a mirror to the establishment they sought to correct.
Ya La’Ford is a professor, visual painter, installation artist and muralist, with a MFA from The Art Institute of Boston and a Juris Doctor law degree from the University of Florida. Ya La’Ford is interested in the additive and subtractive processes, negative and positive spaces, obsessions, interconnectivity, evidence and manipulation. Her work has be displayed at the Boston Public Library, and the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum. Ya La’Ford is currently praparing her upcoming exhibitions at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, as well as in Cairo, Egypt, and Cartagena, Columbia.