Posted by Maryanne Salvat On December - 22 - 2022

Left: Performance by Kianí del Valle. Right: Faena Prize Winner Paula de Solminihac with Jury members José Roca and Alexandre Arrechea. Photography by Oriol Tarridas. Courtesy of Faena Art.

On Thursday, November 11, the international 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization Faena Art held its Annual Gala “Patterns of Paradise”, presented by Chase Sapphire. In addition to an evening of art, music and culinary experiences, Faena Art announced the winner of this year’s Faena Prize for the Arts, awarding Paula de Solminihac with the prestigious award and the total of $100,000, marking the debut of the Prize in Miami after several successful editions in Buenos Aires. Paula’s winning proposal will be exhibited at Faena Beach during Miami Art Week 2022.

Honoring the Gala’s theme “Patterns of Paradise”, guests were asked to explore the interconnectivity between all cultures and wear mismatched patterns to celebrate ritual and collective consciousness. The best dressed won a two-night stay at Faena Hotel Penthouse.

Guests also enjoyed an artistic intervention by Xander Ferreira; performances by Kianí del Valle and Gazelle; a live DJ set by Pascale Moscheni; and culinary experiences by Chef Erik Ramírez in collaboration with Francis Mallman and Paul Qui. Notable attendees included artists and cultural tastemakers including Alan Faena, Mayor of Miami Beach Dan Gelber, Peter Brandt, Jr., Ximena Caminos, City of Miami Beach Commissioner Alex Fernandez, Carlos Betancourt, SiriusXM President and Chief Content Officer Scott Greenstein, and Stefano Tonchi.

Following opening remarks from Mayor of Miami Beach Dan Gelber highlighting Faena Art’s commitment to the community, Alan Faena welcomed the enthused crowd to the Gala and awarded Paula de Solminihac with the Prize presented by Bombay Sapphire, commenting, “Following five successful editions in Buenos Aires, we are thrilled to debut the Faena Prize for the Arts in Miami with Paula de Solminihac’s vision for Faena Beach during this year’s Miami Art Week. Actively contributing to Miami Beach as a nurturing site for the community, Paula’s proposed installation—and the artist’s largest-scale work to date—physically embodies this vibrant city Faena Art is deeply committed to.”

In her acceptance speech, Faena Prize for the Arts Winner Paula De Solminihac said, “When I saw the open call to create a public art project on the beach, I didn’t hesitate for a second to propose something. What I didn’t imagine was that that this project would become a reality. To have this proposal recognized as the Prize winner means not only receiving the opportunity to explore my imagination—an activity which is part of me and part of my daily practice and one that I very much enjoy—but also the opportunity to construct something at a large scale, a project that requires many hands for it to become a reality. I am filled with joy and honored to generate a space on the beach during Miami Art Week that invites us all to think in a rooted manner, in collaboration, and in relationship with our environment.”

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