By Carlos Suarez De Jesus
By Ric Delgado
By John Thomason
By Benjy Caplan
By Artburst Miami
Kazilla creates what appears to be a portrait of Neytiri from the movie Avatar. The Russian, Kepezhinskas, meets the bell with a rainbow-hued abstract landscape.
Dekal finally comes to life and shows some moxie with a drippy rendition of a Cruella de Vil-esque hag that puts him in contention right before the match ends.
But it is Julie Friel — with her rendering of a horned, skirt-clad, anthropomorphic figure and a toothy alien robot sporting Dr. Denton pajamas — who takes the Miami Art Battles crown.
"I try to organize these events like a poetry slam and also kind of like the Iron Chef competitions," Bono says, noting he hatched the live art showdown concept with friends in his Brooklyn apartment when he was 18 years old in order to gain street cred.
"Now we have several production companies talking to us about a reality show for cable TV and have begun documenting all of our battles for a full feature-length documentary."