We had the good fortune of connecting with Fernanda Frangetto and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Fernanda, as a parent, what have you done for you children that you feel has had the most significant impact?
I think that the fact of having called my sons’ attention into observing the beauty of the small everyday changes in nature has impacted their way of seeing the world. Nowadays, they are the ones that call my attention to see, for example, the Moon, the trees, the clouds, the sunset. With these awareness of little details, they became open minded and respectful of life in general.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Due to the fact that I am a mixed-media artist, I think my work may impress the observer because I can travel from different media and suddenly surprise them with my skills, for example, after creating a series of sculptures, show videos to the public with drawings working in progress, as well as new paintings. I am most proud of being recognized as an “Alien of Extraordinary Ability in Arts” by the USCIS, since I am a Brazilian born artist, living and working in the US. The process of being recognized is a challenging exercise of patience, calm, and keep on continuing to do work as you know, giving your truly best gifts given by God. Keep using your creativity to reach productive results of expressions of the complexity of the world through visual arts for a pleasant moment for the art lovers.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Actually, I was supposed to receive my best friend from the Netherlands in Miami in the upcoming summer; however, because of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) situation over the world, my friend’s visit has been canceled. My plans where to take her and her family to go for lunch at Kyu Miami, a Modern Asian-style eatery that offers grilled meats & sashimi, plus cocktails; for more affordable lunch, have a poke at Ono Poke, my favorite poke place in Miami. From there we would be sightseeing on foot over Wynwood Art District, where are located numerous art galleries and then in the late afternoon have a popsicle at Cielito Artisan Pops and take some Donuts home from The Salty Donuts. The next day, I had planned for us to visit Perez Museum (PAMM), a small cozy museum which has always a good exhibition to be seen. From there we’d just walk a few steps to the MiamiCentral Brightline train station, and go to West Palm Beach that is a relaxing one-hour trip, a moment for a conversation with friends instead of being concerned with driving. Arriving in Palm Beach I would recommend we have lunch at the RH Rooftop Restoration Hardware Restaurant West Palm Beach and take an Uber to visit the Norton Museum for admiring the building architecture, a remodeled design by Norman Foster. If we have time we would see the beach and try to back to Miami before sunset to see it from the chairs or seesaw chairs at the PAMM terrace. Museum Day! During the week I would visit the Miami Design District, stop by Institute of Contemporary Art ICA, Della Cruz Collection and have a burger at The Michael’s Genuine Burger Food and Drink and take a look on new fashion trends over MDD. Also, let some days to relax on Key Biscayne Beaches and South Pier Park, taking a dip at Niki Beach and let free days for my friends to go shopping in the outlets when I keep myself working in my studio, having a good company for dinner later on.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Yes, there is an art collector couple that I admire a lot, the Marchi family. They have all my gratitude since they have believed in my talent by admiring and supporting myself by being my sponsors. I also want to recognize the Aluna Art Foundation and DORCAM Museum leadership and board of directors for their scene in the Arts.
Francisco Maksoud Fernanda Frangetto