ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Twin brothers Jaime and Javier Suárez Berrocal were born in Columbus, Ohio, in 1982 and raised in Puerto Rico, where they were exposed to ceramics, woodworking and fishing from an early age. Their passion for the arts and the ocean guides their interest in environmental forms of expression.
They create artistic interventions in nature to bring awareness to ecological concerns, define cultural identity, inspire a feeling of belonging and encourage responsibility for the natural world around us. They completed a BA in Fine Art at the University of Puerto Rico (2007 and 2008) and obtained MFA degrees in Artistic Production with a focus in Public Art (2010) from the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain.
They currently live in Puerto Rico and work collaboratively, guided by the tenets of their artistic manifesto titled VientreCompartido (SharedWomb).
The Contemporary Arts Program (CAP) is a commission-based exhibition series that provides artists with the creative challenge to develop original, site-specific work in response to a historic site. Since 2006, CAP has provided our visitors with new ways of seeing the historic estate and strengthened relations with contemporary artists.
CAP was inspired by the dynamic, creative spirit that characterized Vizcaya’s inception one hundred years ago, and it continues James Deering’s tradition as a patron of the arts. From John Singer Sargent, a house guest who painted watercolors of the estate, to A. Stirling Calder, who sculpted the figures on the Barge, and Robert Winthrop Chanler, creator of the Swimming Pool Grotto ceiling mural, Vizcaya continues a dialogue between the historic and the contemporary. As was the case one hundred years ago, Vizcaya’s singular sense of place remains the point of departure for artists.
The Contemporary Arts Program (CAP) is supported by The Danielson Foundation; the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; and is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the National Endowment for the Arts.