Everyone feels irrational pride in locally bred successes, like "your boy" the CEO who learned his high school math from the same teacher as you, or the big-time QB who didn't learn math from the same teacher as you. For a gallery of similar lovable local talent, check out Culture Kings Artist Collective
An annex to the Culture Kings clothing boutique, AC uses its owner's connections in the music/graffiti worlds to deliver a gallery of paintings, sculptures, and photos from artists who're either connected to Miami's street culture scene, or are so home-grown, you've probably purchased Big Bites from the same 7-11. Artists include local boy Johnny Robles, who polished his craft in Florence before creating "Plunge", a slightly cartoonish sculpture of a toilet plunger reshaping a massive wad of sticky pink stuff (a comment on the artistic process), and the painting "Exterior Womb", using dreamy realism to depict a tranced-out kid wearing headphones while overhead floats a roiling ball of power plants, dolphins, bombs, internal organs, and a couple playing tonsil hockey, who seem more interested in each other's external organs. Other masters include Crome, one of Fla's preeminent graffiti/tattoo artists, whose "Purple People Eater" is a diptych in which a demon-eyed tagger emerges from under the nervous mask of a normal kid; and Tatiana Suarez, whose "Candy Clown 1" painting depicts a doe-eyed topless girl in smeared clown makeup preparing to bite into a candied apple with a huge ant lurking on the other side -- yo, topless chick: this bug's for you
There's an opening party April 11 from 7 to 10pm, with comped hors d'oeuvres, Red Stripe, and Ciroc Vodka, and downtempo funk and soul spun by local talent, DJ Razor -- totally your boy, as you...cut yourself using a razor in 7th grade!