Jean Blackwell Font is co-founder of Warehouse 4726 and a mixed media artist living in Miami, FL. She has learned through artists she knows personally or by studying the life and art of those whose work she admires. Influenced by artists Francis Picabia and Romare Bearden, Wangechi Mutu, and Joseph Cornell, the artist uses a visual vocabulary she has developed to express ideas and concepts important to her through painting, collage and mixed media. Themes in earlier work focused on the experience of being female in a world filled with media-driven images that women are expected to live up to. Current work explores her family history and faded memories of a lost childhood filled with chaos, mental illness, and struggle. The recurrent message continues to reveal the diverse beauty, mystery, and inherent power of being alive and being loved.
Ignacio Font is co-founder of Warehouse 4726. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts at Florida International University, after changing his major from Computer Science – thanks to an astute Art History teacher who saw the artist in Ignacio. He later returned to New York City where his love of art was ignited, and received his MFA from School for Visual Arts. Currently, Ignacio teaches art at a private school in Miami, and creates work whenever and wherever he can.
Alejandra is a self-taught Venezuelan artist based in Miami, Florida. Since a young age she has shown a passion for lines, shapes, and structures. This fervor lead her to take formal studies in Graphic Design, graduating from the Art Institute of Tampa in 2014. Her training as a graphic designer and her passion for visual art has transformed into illustrative yet balanced visuals that represent her life’s experiences in every line.
In October of 2013, I was working on a construction site in Kingston Jamaica. While cutting shelves, I noticed my sight started to darken. I put down the power saw and walked to the window. In this short time, I noticed my vision continued to dim dramatically. I went to the hospital and discovered I had a stroke in both eyes as a result of glaucoma. I underwent several surgeries: laser eye surgery, stem cell implants and retina attachment but to my dismay the vision slowly disappeared.
In an attempt to distract myself, I started creating sculptures using reclaimed wood & recycle materials. I use my fingertips to trace the details of the sculptures & sit down to carefully intertwine material for hours. The attention to detail that I pay shows that my talent is nothing short of a miracle. To create without sight is not easy … it requires faith, focus, visual imagery & self-determination.
Executive Director and Founder, Rosie Gordon Wallace
Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator's commitment to artists of Caribbean and diverse cultures ensures they receive validation, visibility, and professional opportunities. Our artists break boundaries of traditional forms and work outside of institutionalized systems; they often must create new systems and infrastructures to sustain their practice. We promote, nurture, and exhibit the diverse talents of emerging artists from the Latin and Caribbean Diasporas through an artist-in-residence program, international exchanges, community arts events and a dynamic exhibition program collaborating with art spaces and inhabiting the virtual landscape.