We had the good fortune of connecting with Beatriz Monteavaro and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Beatriz, what do you think makes you most happy? Why?
Drawing, painting, playing drums makes me happy. Spending time with family and friends, makes me happy.
Setting goals and accomplishing them, makes me happy.
Walks are wonderful. Cats are the best.
Celia Cruz, Martin Denny, The Go-Go’s, make me happy.
Women as Jedi in Star Wars, makes me happy too.
Lots of things make me happy.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am an artist and musician whose work is influenced by monsters movies, science fiction, Disneyworld, and underground music scenes including the 1970’s English punk scene and the Miami underground scene surrounding Churchill’s Pub, which I have been a part of since 1991.

I am glad, I am still making work that stimulates me. This is a career where people’s opinions are important.
What’s truly important is to free yourself from other people’s opinions.
Last year I had the opportunity to play with and share an opening reception evening with one of my childhood heroes, Jane Wiedlin of the Go-Go’s. That was pretty incredible for me.
Recently Emma Trelles, a Santa Barbara poet, and I collaborated on an O, Miami workshop and zine, For the Love of Khan, which I think turned out really great. The free zines are available all over town, PAMM, Moca, Locust Projects, Main Library, Primary Projects, and Sweat Records, while supplies last.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
This is complicated because of Covid, some of my favorite places have not opened back up. Pre-Covid I’d take my friend to Churchill’s, The Mai Kai, Vizcaya, Pamm, Moca, Rat Bastard’s apartment, and walks all over Miami Beach.

Right now, neither Churchill’s nor The Mai Kai are open, so it would be Vizcaya, The Museums, Rat Bastard’s apartment, and walks all over the beach.
If they play an instrument, we’d jam too.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Cynthia Manning Crosby, Margo Margolis, John E. Dowel, Jon Kitner, all art professors of mine.

Website: www.bmonteavaro.com

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Image Credits
Holly Hunt band photo by Teajay Smith

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