Markowicz Fine Art

By Matt Balmaseda

altOne year ago, French gallerist Bernard Marcowicz opened an art gallery in the Design District. The resulting 1,000 square-foot Markowicz Fine Arts has, since then, become a focal point for new and engaging work in a neighborhood epitomized by its conglomeration of galleries and high-end boutique design shops.

“I show a lot of pop art,” says Markowicz, which defines the gallery’s general scope and range. Works by internationally known and acclaimed artists like Takashi Murakami and Andy Warhol are exhibited along with pieces by artists that stray somewhat from gallery’s main pop art focus, like those by surrealist Roberto Matta.

The varied collections of artistic works that contribute to the gallery’s exhibitions are mirrored by the assortment of its inventory. The mediums regularly available include oil paintings, vintage lithograph posters, lithographs, limited edition prints, bildoreliefo and sculptures.

As much as Markowicz is interested in exhibiting a certain type of art, he also puts effort into highlighting individual artists of note. One such artist is 46 year-old Alain Godon. Markowicz Fine Art became the exclusive agent for his work in the United States after Markowicz recognized his popularity in Europe. Godon’s brilliantly colored paintings of global architectural achievements will compose an exhibit at the gallery from April 21st through May 15th. Some of his pieces will also be displayed, thanks to Markowicz, at the New World Center, designed by the Pritzker Prize-winning architect Frank Gehry.

While Markowicz Fine Art does exhibit many popular and international artists in its bright, airy space, it also focuses on local Miami-based artists who are on the rise. With the gallery’s I Art Miami program, Markowicz is able to locate talent within the city and help one artist at a time gain further recognition. “The idea is that every two months I will focus on a local artist,” says Markowicz.

One such artist was Debbie Carfagno, the featured artist in February of this year. Her works explored the relationship between oil painted images on aluminum cutouts and their transferred images on 300 lb. arches paper. “I think it’s wonderful and extremely important that Bernard is promoting and supporting local artists,” says Carfagno. I Art Miami has also featured mixed media artist Clara Poupel, painter and sculptor Marcus, and mixed media artist Benedicte Blanc Fontenille.

Those interested in the work of any of the artists featured by the gallery can call for a viewing. Visitors are also welcome throughout the week. During the monthly art walk, the gallery stays open along with others in the neighborhood to answer questions about exhibited artists and show off new acquisitions. Bernard Markowicz is also regularly on the lookout for upcoming local artists to be featured as part of I Art Miami.

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