Art

Every year during Art Basel, Miami is consumed by art. For one week in December, the city overflows with decorated flocks of artists, collectors, and curators from the farthest reaches of the globe. But like birds, many of these art lovers are just passing through. While in Miami last week, we visited with three artists that have migrated from Boston and nested in Miami. Brian Burkhardt, Juan Travieso, and Adrian Molina first came to Boston to pursue the fine arts education experience at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and launch their careers, but for various reasons, they have all relocated from the northeast to seek new opportunities in warmer climates. Catch up with these former Boston artists. See an iPhone diary from Art Basel and at the bottom of this story, see work by each artist profiled.

BRIAN BURKHARDT

Provenance: Long Island, N.Y.

What did you study in college? “Various mediums, but I mostly consider myself a sculptor.”

Why did you come to Boston? “I came to Boston to get my diploma at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and freeze my ass off.”

Why did you leave Boston? “Because I met someone and I moved to Miami to be with the woman I love and start a family.”

One thing you miss about Boston? “I miss the supportive, tight-knit community of fellow Boston artists and collectors.”

The major difference between being an artist in Miami instead of Boston? “Miami feels very transient with a lot of people coming in and out. Miami collectors tend to support luxury items that already have established brands and Boston collectors support the up-and-coming more.”

Words of wisdom: One piece of advice for other artists? “Have fear in your front pocket. Become accustomed to fear. Know what it is like to live with fear.”

One obstacle you had to overcome as an artist? “Learning to have a backbone and trust your gut.”

JUAN TRAVIESO

Provenance: Havana, Cuba

What did you study in college? “Illustration Design at Art Center College of Art and Design.”

Why did you come to Boston? “To get my Masters degree in fine arts at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts.”

Why did you leave Boston? “I left Boston because of my family.”

One thing you miss about Boston? “The amazing people I met while I was there.”

The major difference between being an artist in Miami instead of Boston? “Being an artist in Boston was an amazing experience. Definitely different than in Miami because in Boston the weather forces you to be inside and be productive. In Miami, you get to network more because of the hot weather all year long.”

Words of wisdom: One piece of advice for other artists? “Make work about what you are truly passionate about and try to make it timeless.”

One obstacle you had to overcome as an artist? “I am my biggest and only obstacle.”

ADRIAN MOLINA

Provenance: Miami and Costa Rica

What did you study in college? “Sculpture, painting, and art theory/history.”

Why did you come to Boston? “To further my education in art, find a community of common interest, and develop my artistic practice.”

Why did you leave Boston? “A full-time job working in the arts presented itself. After years of working day jobs not in my field just to get by, I decided to move back to Miami.”

One thing you miss about Boston? “The activity of high quality brainwaves that flow through it.”

The major difference between being an artist in Miami instead of Boston? “In Miami, an artist can decide to work outside most any time of day and any day of the year.”

Words of wisdom: One piece of advice for other artists? “Trust your intuition and most importantly act upon it.”

One obstacle you had to overcome as an artist? “Finding studio space and adapting my practice to suit the given space and time.”

[Photos by Dillon Buss]

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