BB Americas Bank Cultural Series presents “Collective Perspectives”

First Edition of BB Americas Bank Cultural Series in Aventura

Aventura, October, 2017 – Expanding its support of the arts to Aventura City, BB Americas Bank is pleased to announce the first edition of BB Americas Bank Cultural Series in Aventura, presenting a photography exhibition, “Collective Perspectives”.

“Collective Perspectives” is a three-month photography exhibition curated by Mariza Versiani Formaggini. It features six local photographers showcasing the growth, trends, significant artistic architecture, and contemporary points in the City of Aventura from different perspectives.

The exhibition is part of The BB Americas Bank Cultural Series. Moreover, it embraces diversity and supports local artists while reinvesting back into communities where BB Americas Bank has presence. After seven successful editions in South Florida, this is the first time that BB Americas Bank Cultural Series expands to Aventura to stimulate culture in more communities.

“Creative Perspectives” runs from October 12th, 2017 through January 12th, 2018 in the lobby of the BB Americas Bank Aventura Branch on 17900 Biscayne Boulevard, -Aventura, FL. The exhibition is free and open to the public. Furthermore, patrons have the option to buy the artwork by contacting the artists directly.

BB Americas Bank hosted a private VIP reception on October 12th, 2017 to unveil the artwork and promote the artists at its Aventura branch.. The event was also an opportunity to celebrate BB Americas Bank’s 5th year anniversary of providing quality and service to the U.S. market.

Banco do Brasil S.A., BB Americas Bank sole shareholder, has a long tradition of supporting local arts and culture. The first cultural series was held twenty-five years ago, at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil – CCBB – across Brazil.. Today, the cultural centers in Brazil serve as creative hubs for painters, illustrators and sculptors, who regularly display their artwork during various programs throughout the year. More than 60 million visitors have attended the 12,000 events and viewed over 3,500 pieces of artwork at these centers.

“We want the community to know that we are a local bank, with a local vision, and we want to be part of Aventura’s growth”, said Antonio Cassio Segura, CEO of BB Americas Bank. “We organized BB Americas Bank Cultural Series in Aventura to maintain our cultural mission and as a means to support Aventura-based artists and curators.”

The following are the six artists celebrating diversity through art in South Florida:

Mariza Versiani Formaggini – Brazil
Born in Brazil, living in Miami, FL – USA. Photographer, Consultant and Curator in Photography. Graduated in Photography and Image Edition. Honorable Mention at theZagreb Salon of Photographic Art in Croatia. Finalist in the Perpignan Photo-Culture, Le Catalan – Frence. Winner of Photography/Street Award, Visual Arts Press Award 2016, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA, International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP), Bavarian Salon, Germany. Gold Medal, Photographic Society of America, Bronze Medal, Royal Photographic Society Great Britain among others.

Miriam Rusin – Cuba
Art photographer and independent Visual Artist living in Miami. She began her studies in painting at the Escuela de San Alejandro in Havana Cuba, where she soon discovered she was painting with a camera lens not a brush. She also trained at the School of Television and Cinema in Madrid. Her photographs have been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide including the Metropolitan Museum, New York City, USA, Bella Galleria, Milan, Italy; the Museum of the Louvre, Paris France, just to name a few. She is an instructor for digital photography at Miami-Dade Community College.

Claudia Moreno – Colombia
Born and raised in Bogota, Colombia, Claudia P. Moreno-Diaz moved to Florida in 2000 to fulfill her dream to practice law in the United States. For the past 17 years, she has called Aventura her home, as this is the City where she lived for many years and where her law practice is established today. Before becoming a lawyer, she studied fine arts for three years in Colombia, and today she can spend most of her time doing what she really loves:law and art.

Ivonete Leite – Brazil
She started a brilliant career at Citibank, first in Rio, and later in New York City, where she was promoted to Vice-President, becoming the first Brazilian woman to hold this title in the company. Today, already retired from the financial world, she dedicates her time to the art of photography. The love for photography started with her several business trips around the world, maybe as a way to escape from the stressful meetings. Through her pictures, Ivonete shows us her true self and her love for life.

Marine Fonteyne – Belgium / Brazil
Photographer Marine Fonteyne has been behind the camera for 17 years. She recently turned her lenses toward fine art photography after a successful career as a professional fashion, luxury wedding, and high-end portrait photographer with an international clientele. Her fine art photography now brings her unique dream-like vision to a wider audience. Of Belgian, Brazilian, and Italian descent, Fonteyne studied photography in Milan at Scuola di Fotografia Professionale Riccardo Bauer, in Brussels at École de Photographie, and in Sao Paulo at Fundação Armando Álvares Penteado. Her work has been displayed in magazines such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Brides, Elle, and White. Fonteyne’s work has been featured in galleries, art fairs, interior design exhibitions, and VIP special events. She has received (better for an American English audience)many international awards.

Migdalia Salazar – Venezuela
Salazar was born in Caracas, Venezuela, but she currently lives in Miami. She attended the Universidad Metropolitana and Instituto Universitario Antonio José de Sucre, both in Caracas, to study Civil Engineering and Architecture-Technical Level. She studied painting in her hometown and Fashion Design in Milan as well as in London. During the last 11 years, she has studied photography in different cities around the world: London (2009), Montreal (2010 – 2012), Miami (2006 to present). She has exhibited in International Art Fairs such as PINTA Miami Art Fair (2016) and AQUA Art Miami Fair (2015).