Aruba Artist to Showcase at Art Basel Miami

Aruban culture will soon be well represented at the prestigious Art Basel Event in Miami this December 3-6, thanks to celebrated local artist Elisa Lejuez-Peters.

Elisa was also over the moon to be invited to the legendary art fair, and created a special series that was inspired by the cave drawings in Arikok National Park left behind by Caiquetío Indians -the island’s original inhabitants- a thousand years ago. The series entitled “New Natives” are mixed media works done in the artist’s signature style called “neo-pop art” that incorporates print patterns from textiles. Also found in these new works are many Aruban cultural symbols and natural elements and some pieces also include text snippets from songs like Aruba’s national anthem.

The Artist
Though she has Dutch Caribbean parents, Elisa Lejuez-Peters was born in the Netherlands. That is where she obtained a Master’s degree in art, and later worked for many major Dutch textile companies. The latter allowed her to travel extensively, and her love of patterns on cloth from around the world became the inspiration behind her exclusive style of mixed media works. She moved to Aruba in 2000 and became a full time artist.

Once you have seen it, you are sure to find her art easily identifiable, the bold colors and print patterns certainly stand out from typical paintings. And you are bound to recognize them in her many pieces that grace local public spaces and rooms in spots like the Aruba Marriott Resort and Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort.

And now Elisa has turned her hand to designing arty silk scarves in tropical colors with her signature prints on them as well. They will be available on island by December 15 and available at boutiques at Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort and Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort.

The Event
Going into its 14th year Art Basel Miami Beach has become a massive annual event that attracted upwards of 70,000 visitors last year. That record number is anticipated to be broken this year with the participation of 267 galleries from 31 countries exhibiting an estimated $3 billion worth of contemporary art. The event has also become legendary for its upscale and off-the-charts VIP parties. Famous folks like Leonardo DiCaprio, Pharrell Williams, Usher, Miley Cyrus, Drake, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Joe Jonas, Kim Kardashian, and even Martha Stewart have all attended! And though they sometimes show up primarily for the parties, they also hang around to view and purchase lots of art for their private collections and homes.

Elisa will be showcasing her special series at the Aqua Hotel in South Beach in their reserved space for arts called Aqua Art Miami. This space has earned recognition for presenting noteworthy established and up and coming talent all year round.

Elisa says, “I am so excited to bring a bit of the ancient Aruban culture out into the world… the cave drawings with their special meanings and their unique way of drawing with different pigments. You can gaze at them for hours and still not know what the real meaning behind them might have been. Such a mystery, and every time you look, you discover something new! They should not be forgotten.”

We congratulate Elisa on receiving this honor to participate in such a prestigious event, and hope her exhibit is a big success.

If you would like to view/purchase or commission original work, and meet the artist, it is by appointment only at her workshop/gallery in Malmok.

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