Art Basel Hotels
Art enthusiasts and unique travel seekers, make your way to Miami Beach for one of the largest international shows. Every December, Miami Beach becomes a stage for modern and contemporary art with over 250 galleries during a week-long art showcase. Pop up galleries, special events and stunning parties hosted by luxury retailers take over South Beach and the Miami Design District.
Our very own Kimpton Surfcomber houses Art Basel incorporated events throughout this week every year. Check back here for more information on the hotel happenings during Art Basel 2017. In 2016, Kimpton Surfcomber partnered with David Le Batard, better known in the art world as Lebo for Art Basel 2016. An artist recognized for working in a wide spectrum of creative mediums including murals, paintings and sculptures. Lebo is the innovator of Postmodern Cartoon Expressionism - a combination of cartoon imagery, richly saturated balances of color and unique linear composition brought together in a narrative style to inspire emotion and create layers of meaning.
Lebo's visual storytelling method pulls from classic American cartooning and fine art, every form of indigenous art and Egyptian hieroglyphics to create a unique visual language - one that strives to have a wide point of entry for the viewer with endless layers of meaning within. It is a world where mythology, history, metaphysics and illustration all join seamlessly.
Born to Cuban immigrant parents and raised in South Florida, Lebo has become one of the most well-respected muralists in Miami. With a showroom in Wynwood and a studio in Miami Beach, Lebo's art can be found all over the world, in private collections and in corporate partnerships including Norwegian Cruise Lines, Lulu Lemon, Harley Davidson, Audi, Google, Microsoft, Redbull, Ketel One, Bacardi and Ferrari.
'My aim in creating is to explore the purest, most spiritual elements of the arts and sciences (from astronomy to history, from music to physics) and to interpret them through the language of cartoons, giving them a unique and vibrant voice. After all, cartoons are a primordial form of expression that have always combined images in order to tell stories. We have only to think of rock paintings, hieroglyphics or religious iconography for our proof. In reality, even when we look at Picasso's work after 1905, it all becomes very hard edged yet organic. The very essence of cartooning.ʼ – David 'LEBO' Le Batard