Dabbling with Dopamine Design: Lucid Gallery Announces Miami Art Week Exhibiting Artists

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  • October 11, 2022

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Robert Frankel, LA Boogie, 36 x 36 x 1.5 Acrylic on Canvas 2022
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Lucid Design District, an art gallery in the Miami Design District announces the 11 artists who will participate in its grand opening exhibition titled CHROMA. All are welcome to attend the Vernissage on Tuesday, November 29th from 5:00 – 8:00 pm – RSVP is required. The Opening Reception marks the commencement of Art Basel Miami Beach (Miami Art Week) and the highly anticipated return of thousands of art lovers and collectors to the Magic City. Gallery address: 10-12 NE 41st St. Miami, FL, 33137.

Each of the eleven artists has a unique message that interprets ‘chroma’ through a myriad of styles, media, and a vibrant array of colors. The words dopamine dressing or décor are popular this year on the runway and at design fairs such as Salone del Mobile. Bold and vibrant colors signify a return to social normalcy post-Covid, and optimism in troubling times.  People are rethinking their remote workplace and adding color and comfort.

“This exhibition explores my belief that if a myriad of colors can peacefully coexist on a single canvas, then why can’t humans peacefully coexist on a single planet,” explains Payal Tak, owner of Lucid Design District.

The participating artists are:

Brandon Clarke (Miami): Clarke’s introduction to the art world was discovered in his grandmother’s backyard where he used to paint with her as a child. His art focuses on the power of self-awareness through juxtaposition of form and color on a canvas. He uses words, color, and compositions on a canvas to make bold statements about the growth of a person/culture.

Gustavo Ramirez, Vulpes and Erinaceinae 75 x 34 Mixed media 2022
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Elidea (Miami/Milan): Upon finishing her studies at the European Design Institute in Milan, Elidea began working as a graphic designer. Her technique evolves from classic photos into mixed media collage creations with the usage of paper; golden/bronze leaf; acrylic colors and charcoal. Cutting, pasting, and overlaying allows her to create her unique vision.

Enrique Alfonso (Havana): Alfonso is a painter, draftsman, potter, and a graphic humorist. His work is loaded with symbolism, creating a kind of altarpiece, using familiar objects. Enrique aims to connect with his audience while capturing and pouring human emotions on his canvas.

Graciela Montich (Argentina/Italy) – Curator: Montich graduated from the Catholic University of Córdoba and Node Center for Curatorial Studies in Berlin, Germany. The main theme of her artwork is the living nature, vertical gardens and the different ways in which people interact with the flora.

Gustavo Ramirez Cruz (Berlin, Bogota): Ramirez Cruz’s love for art developed during various studies of graphic design, photography, and illustration. His designs are typically minimalistic in nature, contrasted with detailed bright and colorful patterns. He creates sculptures, creatures, and paintings with mixed media such as metal, wood, or wire to complement the paper.

Heather Lynn (Washington D.C.): Lynn specializes in large scale residential, commercial, and commission work. Lynn’s work is often dense with her self-created texture mediums and constructed with vibrant color, movement, and depth.  Her most recent works have included healing crystals, sand, stone, and recycled glass.

Payal Tak (Washington D.C./Miami): For over three decades, while focusing on executing a business in Information Technology, Tak relied heavily on creating art as her go-to activity to re-energize at the end of her day. Often painting late into the night while listening to Sufi music, she works with acrylics, oil paints, and mixed media.

Payal Tak, NASHA 2011 Acrylic 36x48
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Ramses Llufrio (Miami, Havana): Llufrio is an artist who utilizes landscape to express ideas about the world around him. As a self-taught artist, he initially painted simple landscapes of his native Cuba. However, as time progressed, his work became more conceptual in nature, and he began to express ideas using clouds as a source of inspiration and bringing surrealism in his work.

Robert Frankel (Chicago): With a background in construction, design, and building, Frankel integrates his architectural aesthetic into his paintings. He likes to use bright, bold colors in a geometric setting to create energy and motion on the canvas. Many buyers of Frankel’s work have reported that it makes their houses and offices happy places to live and work in.

Romina Garbarino (Miami, Buenos Aires): Although Garbarino has painted in acrylics, since 2017 she has innovated in a mixed technique that includes pearls, stones, gems, or beads in the previously painted, intervening, and transforming and above all, re-signifying common objects into works of art, to give them a different aesthetic, extraordinary, and much more complete.

Simi Bhandari (Washington D.C.): Bhandari has a background in graphic design and found her niche in creating abstract paintings devoting the past 30 years towards this pursuit. Form and color play an intense role, as they seek to provide meaning and purpose to her works. Using spatial patterns and color shifts, the process is constantly evolving where the thoughts and materials work simultaneously to create gratifying pieces.

CHROMA -- Grand Opening Group Exhibition
Lucid Design District
10-12 NE 41st St.
Miami, FL, 33137

Vernissage: Tuesday, November 29, 2022 5PM – 8PM (RSVP required via Eventbrite)

Exhibition Dates: Monday November 28, 2022 – Sunday December 11, 2022 from 11:00 am – 8:00 pm


About Lucid Design District

Established in 2021 as a studio and exhibition space for founder Payal Tak’s personal artwork, Lucid Design District will officially open to the public during Art Basel Miami Beach (Miami Art Week) 2022. The gallery is located on Miami Design District’s “art corner” (10-12 NE 41 St. at Miami Ave.) next to Museum Garage and across the street from the de la Cruz Collection and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami. The idea of Lucid Design District was born from Ms. Tak’s desire to connect with the community through collaborative art exchanges. She envisions hosting regular exhibitions, educational art talks, and artist networking events. The 3700-sf space is also an ideal environment for design-focused networking events and features a large reception or performance area; 8 curio-style ‘idea spaces’ for solo artist showcases or breakout sessions; a full-size kitchen; and 75’ long outdoor seating or parking area with lights; and a large wall for art installations.

“My goal is to make available a commercial platform for artists whose voices need to be heard. Lucid shares its walls with the objective to illuminate the viewers mind and allow artistic creations to become a force for good in the society.” ~ Payal Tak

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