Curated by Fernando Ruíz Lorenzo
Organized by Soraya Maelyng Marquez
DATE: December 1 through December 4, 2011
LOCATION: 167 NW 25th Street, The Wynwood Arts District, Miami, Florida 33127
TIME: Opening Reception, Thursday, December 1, 7pm – 10pm
Gallery Hours: December 2 - 4, 2011, 11am – 7pm
MIAMI, FL (December 2011) - Fernando Ruíz Lorenzo is pleased to present Rise To The Occasion, a solo exhibition of new original mixed media paintings and giclée prints by New York City based artist Cope 2.
Cope 2's first solo exhibition in The Wynwood Arts District of Miami, presents a collection of new works exploring the convergence of his signature, bubble letter and distinctive lettering style. He utilizes aerosol, enamel and acrylic paints creating an original collection of compositions infused with collages, messages, stylized tags and symbolic imagery.

For over 30 years, Cope 2 has risen to become the world’s most consistent, visibly committed, instantly recognizable and respected aerosol artists living.
The compositions in Rise To The Occasion are microcosms of Cope 2’s coming of age experience and overcoming obstacles as an aerosol artist. The exhibition relates the personal paradigms shifts of the complex and colorfully vivrant world of Cope 2.

Cope 2 made his presence in the New York City aerosol writing scene in 1978, spraypainting his moniker on subway trains. He developed his style in the subways and streets of the Bronx creating countless artistic productions from the 1980’s through 2000s achieving international recognition for his distinctive style.
Today, you can catch Cope 2 in the studio painting, bringing his raw energy into abstract masterpieces, intertwined with his trademark bubble letters and signatures on canvases. Cope 2 crosses the boundaries between street culture and the fine art world.

Fernando Ruíz Lorenzo was born of Puerto Rican parentage in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan in 1978 and raised in the High Bridge Section of The Bronx. Ruíz Lorenzo is a writer, artist and curator. His work has exhibited at the International Center of Photography (New York), The California Museum of Photography (Riverside), Photographic Resource Center (Boston) and Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art. He has curated at Hunter College of the City University of New York, bOb Gallery in NYC and has a series of exhibitions at Reem Kayden Gallery, Bard College.

Soraya Maelyng Marquez was born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico by way of Dominican Republic. As native New Yorker she has been participating in the graffiti culture since 2001 as Indie184. She is also a designer and entrepreneur who founded female street wear brand Kweenz Destroy. She has also curated and organized numerous group exhibitions throughout New York City and Los Angeles. Currently, her artwork is on display in El Museo's Bienal: The (S) Files 2011 at El Museo Del Barrio in New York City.

For additional information or appointments, please contact Fernando Ruíz Lorenzo



"Back to our Roots"

A group Art Exhibition

Who: James Top Productions in association with The Azucarera NYC Gallery

Where: The Azucarera NYC Gallery 414 W.145 St. (Basement Level)

When: November 19,2011 To January 31, 2012

Why: Graffiti art (on NYC subway Maps), Soul Food & Alcohol & Non Alcohol Drinks. Sugar Hill Harlem, NYC October 21, 2011

Graffiti art was born, discovered, and celebrated by NYC youth uptown thus creating an art form, that is now world wide. In the early days the train map was primarily used to capture the genius of these new urban artist.

Many of the artists in this exhibition have given tremendous contributions to the evolution of this art. Now they will be going back to the same creative roots that was the inspiration of they expression not on the trains but on they're first canvass the "Subway" map.

See some of NYC most legendary names in the final major show of the 2011-year, leave you in a state of shock one map at a time.

"If you have never attended a graffiti art exhibition before this is the one you can't miss". Said Curator & Host James Top.

* Let it also be noted that famed street Photographer Jamel Shabazz Will be making a special photographic presentation

Artist: Doms, See TF, KR 1, Duro, Poes, Spar, Med, King Bee, CJ Statch, Casp, Danelle, Mastrion, Jean, Stem ynn, Archer, BG183, Jesus Saves, Vase, Duke 9, Haloz, Bilrock, Atom, Chief 69, Snake1, Slone, Blaq 88,Scratch, Phetus 88,Fatal, Elan, Alive 5 Edwin Cadiz, Goal, Sir Nutso, Klass, Err Orr, Part1, KC, Ban2 & Henry Chalfant.

The Azucarera NYC Gallery, Sugar Hill's most exclusive gallery is Located at 414 W.145 St. Btw St. Nicholas & Convent Avenues. (Basement level) will host this exhibition from November 19,2011 to January 31, 2012. For more info contact:

**VIP Media Only Opening, Friday November 18, 2011 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm

RSVP is required for admittance into this event Please email:

Event sponsors: Pie Printing, Jacob Restaurant, Tonnie's minies, Tuff City Styles, Crescent Graffiti Paper, Rockstar 69,NY State of Mind, & Graffiti NYC TV

Media & Sponsorship

*** Please RSVP For Saturday Nov.19Th Opening From 1:00pm to 6:00pm

Directions: A, B, C, D & 1 Trains to the 145 St. Station.