Miami-based artist Miguel Paredes has been named the official artist of the 12th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards, it was announced today by The Latin Recording Academy. Paredes' artwork will be used as the official image for the world's premier Latin music event and will be featured on the cover of the 12th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards invitation, show tickets, poster, program book, and other important applications. The commissioned artwork was unveiled today at a press conference in Hollywood, Calif., announcing this year's Latin GRAMMY nominees.
"In keeping with the progressive nature of our organization and the ever-evolving climate of Latin music, it is with great pleasure that we introduce Paredes' contemporary piece to the roster of incredible artists who have created indelible images on behalf of the Latin GRAMMYs," said Gabriel Abaroa Jr., President/CEO of The Latin Recording Academy. "The combination of Paredes' trend-forward techniques and pop art style creates a visually stunning use of colors interwoven with a complexity of graphic imagery that culminates in a creative array centered against Latin music's most prestigious award."
A native of New York, Paredes studied at the famed Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York. He furthered his art education with a mentorship with pop artist and assistant to Andy Warhol, Ronnie Cutrone, and later followed with an apprenticeship with conceptual artist Paul Kus. Ever influenced by his street roots, his inspiration is drawn from a multitude of aspects, including his children, nature, Japanese animation, graffiti, and pop culture, all of which are largely prevalent in his juxtapositions of organic realism with urban themes. His focus is on mixed media and conceptual art and is expressed in media such as canvas, metal, wood, cloth, and digital. He is the owner of Miguel Paredes Fine Art Gallery in Miami and has received simultaneous proclamations from the city of Miami Beach and the Village of Pinecrest honoring his support of historic preservation, citywide devotion and positive community impact. He was featured as the artist-in-residence at the National Hotel during Art Basel Miami Beach in 2010, converting the iconic landmark into the Miguel Paredes National Gallery.
The 12th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards will be held at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Nov. 10 and will be broadcast live on the Univision Network at 8 p.m. ET/7 Central. For updates and breaking news, please visit The Latin Recording Academy's social networks on Twitter and Facebook.