Thu 01 December 2016
Motorsport met art in downtown Miami last night when renowned artist Alex Mijares put the finishing touches to his personalised Race Of Champions Polaris Slingshot as part of the world famous Art Basel event.
The internationally acclaimed artist is known for a colourful style influenced by his Spanish and Cuban roots, and that was certainly in evidence at Segafredo Brickell bar where the Miami native presented his unique design.
Mijares opted to use the Polaris Slingshot’s standard orange and black base colours as a contrast to his hand-painted green, turquoise and white leaf design, while small orange accents from the original paintwork echoed the Latin style evident in his previous works.
Since 1970, Art Basel’s goal has been to connect the world's premier galleries and their patrons, as well serving as a meeting point for the international art world. Now, over 40 years later, its three fairs - in Basel, Hong Kong and Miami Beach - rank as the premier shows of their kind, presenting 20th and 21st century art with a strong curatorial perspective.
The week-long event offered Race Of Champions an opportunity to get creative but also build on its previous motorsport-themed art works. The thick black tyre marks made by Lewis Hamilton and David Coulthard’s doughnut-ing Formula 1 cars at Wembley in 2008 and Beijing in 2009 provided the background to a series of unique works by Romero Britto, which were later auctioned for charity.
ROC Miami takes place at Marlins Park in Miami on January 21/22.