A National Cause

Artist Leonardo Hidalgo's 9/11 Exhibition

Leonardo Hidalgo in his Brickell Studio

Artist Leonardo Hidalgo will present “The Art Exhibition for a National Cause” to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in New York City at Cafeina in Wynwood. The exhibition will kick-off with an event on Friday, September 9 from 7 to 11 p.m. that will honor City of Miami Firefighters who will be in attendance.

“I think it will be a very special moment to be together that night with the firefighters, our true heroes, and honor them while remembering a moment in history that changed the world forever,” said Hidalgo. “I hope that with my art I can make people feel and believe in liberty and justice, and spread some heroic virtues in the consciousness of society.”

Ecuadorian by birth, Hidalgo has made the United States his home since 1990 and embraces, breathes and lives painting as a career ever since. Hidalgo has attracted international acclaim and is collected worldwide for his fine art paintings and memorable portraits of famous faces. His work is widely recognized for its vibrant color and melds photography, computer graphics, pastels, paint and fabric to create a wide variety of individual art pieces.

Hidalgo began painting at a very young age after his grandmother taught him the technical aspects of drawing and painting. His main sources of inspiration are traveling, famous people who have changed the world, music, Japanese culture, beautiful woman, history and the magic of everyday life and people.

He has been commissioned by corporate, public and private entities, including Hillary Clinton, Janine Howard, Enrique Iglesias, Dan Marino, The Convention Center of Guayaquil, The Jade Miami of Fortune International, The US Open Polo, and has been the official artist of the Supercar Experience for the past four years.

Hidalgo is widely recognized for his ability to capture the personality and inner essence of his subjects. He enjoys painting portraits of woman, men and children as he feels it’s important to give every individual a legacy, a theme that is also realized in his special 9/11 exhibition.

I Will Die for You by Leonardo Hidalgo 60” X 60”, Acrylic on Canvas Mounted on Wood

“Firefighters are men of great courage, determination, and strength, who put their lives on the line on a daily basis. I paint super heroes from the comics of my youth, but these men and women are real and I admire them for their bravery and fearlessness and want to honor them with a special piece that I created specifically for them. People have a negative reaction to skulls but in some cultures the skull is used as a symbol of Fearlessness and divine justice.”

Cafeina – Wynwood Exhibition Center is located at 297 N.W. 23rd Street. Drinks for the Friday night event will be provided from 8 to 9 p.m. by Mandarine Napoleon and hors d’oeuvres come courtesy of Puntino restaurant. Please RSVP to attend the private reception by calling 786-217-0130. The exhibition will be on view from September 9 – September 25.

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