Sunday, July 29, 2018




Media contact: Maureen Tan
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
305-667-1651, ext. 3392



Rain Dogs (2018), Matthew Hanzman


Coral Gables, FL, July 23, 2018 - Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is proud to welcome local artist Matthew Hanzman as part of the Emerging Artists Series of the Art and Sculpture Program at Fairchild.

The new exhibition will feature original art by Hanzman, accompanied by the music that inspires his subconscious drive for visual storytelling. The exhibition will be on view daily in Fairchild’s Adam R. Rose and Peter R. McQuillan Arts Center from July 21, 2018 – August 26, 2018, from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The exhibition consists of three distinct styles. The first body of work, “The Discarded Paintings,” consists of collaged motifs (yin-yang symbols, Nike® swooshes, and peace signs) that are instantly recognizable but typically disregarded in art. The second series, “The Hidden Paintings,” heavily merges figuration and abstraction. Hanzman invites viewers to take a closer look as faces and scenes are revealed through multiple viewings. Hanzman’s most recent body of work, “The Storytelling Paintings,” consists of small works that stand alone as twisted vignettes and take part in a larger, open-ended narrative when taken together. Inspired by art outside of the mainstream, these paintings are sinister and lighthearted at once and are tied together by a unique visual language of religious imagery, folklorish figures and whimsical allusions of romance and death.  Regardless of the style, Hanzman’s work stirs up a range of emotions and sparks the imaginations of anyone who is open to seeing them. In addition, music—particularly hip hop and rock—plays a significant role in Hanzman's creation process; he draws inspiration from them by capturing their visceral essence and transferring it to canvas.

Matthew Hanzman (1996) is a self-taught, young painter born and raised in Miami, Florida. Using painting as an imaginary outlet for his storytelling, his works combine abstraction and figuration, child-like characters and undertones that draw inspiration from a wide array of sources including rock n’ roll, street culture, expressionism and art outside the establishment. Still finding his artistic voice and approaching the canvas from a youthful, take-no-prisoners’-perspective, Matthew’s paintings are a vessel for experimentation and continuous change.

Exhibition entry is included with Garden admission. Garden entry is $25 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and up, $12 for children 6-17, $12 for students (with student ID), and free for Fairchild members and children 5 and under. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL 33156.

For more info, please visit www.fairchildgarden.org/Matthew-Hanzman or call 305-667-1651.

About Art and Sculpture at Fairchild
At the height of the Renaissance, the center of town and culture convened in gardens. Fairchild’s Art and Sculpture Program reunites that Renaissance-inspired relationship of art and gardens. Since 2005, Fairchild has shown works by Dale Chihuly, Sol LeWitt, Roy Lichtenstein, Fernando Botero, Yayoi Kusama, Mark DiSuvero, Claude and Francois-Xavier Lalanne, Yoko Ono, Jorge Pardo, Will Ryman, Cameron Gainer, Kris Martin, Chapungu, John Chamberlain, Hugo França, Clyde Butcher, Mira Lehr, Daisy Youngblood, and Jerzy Kedziora.

About Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Established in 1938 and comprising 83 acres in Miami, FL., Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants. The world-renowned plant collections feature palms, cycads, orchids, tropical fruit trees and more. Fairchild has the largest education program of any metropolitan area, reaching more than 200,000 schoolchildren each year with environmental programs like The Fairchild Challenge. It aims to inspire a greater knowledge and love for plants and gardening so that all can enjoy the beauty and bounty of the tropical world. Special events include Chocolate, Mango & Tropical Fruit, and Orchid Festivals in addition to an annual art exhibition, concerts, plant sales and more.


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