Ten Broward Visual Artists You Need to Know

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Virginia Fifield

This Canadian native is best known for her stark charcoal drawings of animals, although Fifield tends to prefer to be known simply as an artist. Her ongoing series of drawings feature her animal subjects in large-scale formats that take on the size of a human. She captures so much exquisite detail of her subjects - the folds of their skin, the delicate contours of their feathers - that her drawings appear hyperrealistic. "My work aims to initiate a revision, a deeper contemplation and internal dialogue about the natural world and the relationship in which we coexist." Like her work, Fifield is elegant and soft-spoken, but her talent is a force that shines brightly. She has a BA in fine arts from York University, Toronto, Canada.

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Jonathan Rockford

Jonathan Rockford claims that crafting got him into art; pursuits like woodworking and ceramics. Today, his approach to creating includes a focus on blending fibers and sculpture, among other things. For his latest works, he invented a process he calls 'crocheted ceramics' that involves dipping the worked yarn into porcelain. To finish the piece, he spray-paints it, adding a textile feel. His pieces, videos, installations, and new media projects have been shown at SCOPE Miami Beach and New York, the Frost Art Museum in Miami, Art Monaco, and beyond. He earned both his BFA and MFA from the School of Art Institute of Chicago. 

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Henning Haupt

The tall and intellectual German native works out of his Fort Lauderdale studio in the up-and-coming arts district known as MASS (Music & Arts South of Sunrise), located in the northeast section of Flagler Village. A painter and an educator, Haupt teaches at the Florida Atlantic University College of Architecture, introducing the next generation to the importance of color theory in the architectural design process. He earned his PhD in artistic design strategies from Cranbrook Academy of Arts in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He regularly shows his abstract line paintings, in which he draws from his art and architecture background, at galleries and museums worldwide. You can see his work for yourself when he opens his studio to the public during the Flagler Village art walks on the last Saturday of the month.

Samantha Salzinger

To get inside of Samantha Salzinger's imagination is to experience a world that seems boundless, and that's how she likes it. A Yale University MFA art grad and professor of photography at Palm Beach State College, spunky Salzinger likes to fabricate unidentifiable landscapes. She creates large-scale, tabletop dioramas that accurately resemble desolate outer-space 'scapes. And then she captures them with her trusty camera. The result is realistic photographs that play with the viewer through mood and perspective. Her work is a testament to her curiosity and imagination.  

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Jose Alvarez (D.O.P.A.)

Perhaps the Broward artist with the most controversial story is painter Jose Alvarez (D.O.P.A.). He had a reported run-in with the law on charges of identity theft but has since moved on. To illustrate his legal woes, he has a show at the Boca Museum of Art, Portraits from Krome Detention Center, where he spent two months in 2012. The show features portraits done in ballpoint pen on paper that he created of his fellow detainees. He also creates eye-popping psychedelic wall art, which you'll find on display in the museum's lobby. His paintings explore themes of mysticism and feature intricate and wildly colorful kaleidoscopic designs sending electric vibes to spectators. 

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Ruben Ubiera

Ruben Ubiera is one busy man whom we suspect doesn't sleep much at night. The Dominican Republic native is constantly announcing new commissions that we can't keep up with. One day he's painting badass wall art for a restaurant, then he's spraying the finishing touches on a wall at Broward College, and then next week he lands a gig, two, or three at a public park, city project, and a private client. He classifies his style as pop urban or postgraffism in which he draws from a graffiti aesthetic - the urban art he grew up appreciating - mixed with a touch of inspiration from comic book illustrations.  His work, like the artist himself, is bold, fierce and ever-evolving.

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