Miami has long been celebrated for its outdoor spaces. For some, it’s about the miles of white-sand beaches bordering a shimmering ocean, and the untamed ecosystem of the Everglades. For others, it’s the nearly one thousand Art Deco buildings erected in the first half of the 20th century, and the Miami Modernist Architecture movement that followed.
These days, Miami is receiving acclaim for what’s inside its museums, galleries and other public spaces. Nowhere is this more evident, then in the arrival lobby of Four Seasons Hotel Miami. Welcoming you to the tallest building in Florida are two towering nudes, Adam and Eve. Sculpted from bronze by Colombian-born artist Fernando Botero, each stands about 12 feet (4 metres) tall.
The Hotel began filling its public and private spaces with over $3.3 million worth of commissions and acquisitions by local established and emerging artists about a decade ago, coincidentally around the time Switzerland’s prestigious art fair, Art Basel, chose Miami as its sole satellite. Commissions were designed to work in concert with the Hotel’s interior – for example, artist Brandon Opalka produced paintings influenced by swatches of lobby carpet sent to him from Four Seasons Miami.
Remaining true to the Latin rhythms of the city, forty Miami and Latin American artists created the paintings, sculptures, prints and photographs that adorn the marble-lined public areas and the interiors of the guest rooms and suites. Featured works include those from long-renowned artists, including Venezuelan painter and installation artist Jesus Rafael Soto and Cuban multimedia artist Jose Bedia and from edgy, up-and-comers such as the Miami-bred Daniel Arsham, Tao Rey and Bhakti Baxter.
Should you wish to commission your own works of art from any of our artists, we will be delighted to arrange an introduction. If reproductions are more to your taste, ask for the delicious chocolate replica of our Botero’s Seated Woman statue.