Jean Blackwell Font is a mixed media artist living in Miami, FL. She is self-taught, learning from artists she knows personally or 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 her earlier work addressed the media-driven self images that are often hard, if not impossible, for women to live up to. Often using images of herself, along with personal friends and other "everyday women", Jean worked to reveal the diverse beauty, mystery and inherent power of simply being female.
Ignacio Font 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.
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.
Devora Perez was born and raised in Miami. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from New World School of the Arts. Perez is interested in the domestic setting and its influence on gender, race, and class in society. In her work she challenges domesticity through the use of everyday materials such as caulk, cement, plastic, and wood, and uses them in unconventional ways. Through formal and minimal design, Perez emphasizes color, texture, and even the industrial material itself. While some pieces may seem fragile and light others are heavy and dense both visually and physically. These discrepancies in weight between the works and the use of shadows are meant to construct divisions and separate spaces.