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35. David Josef Tamargo
If you are into Miami's art scene, you would be hard pressed to not have seen, experienced, or been influenced by David Josef Tamargo's work. The artist feels that he was "born with the debilitating urge to create." His impact on the Miami and international art world has already been monumental, and he is just getting started.
Tamargo wears many hats (and a few masks). He is a photographer, performance artist,
director, lecturer, curator, event director and so much more. His photos
vary in subjects from landscapes reflecting his own personal journey to
his Urban Hunting series, which follows animals depicted on roadside
In his work with Otto Von Schirach, he appears as Alligator Jesus, using
a mask and warrior-like sounds to create an interactive, outer
dimension experience at every show. He is a founding member of the
Borscht Film Festival and the CCCV movement. As art director at the
World Erotic Art Museum, he promotes the appreciation of erotic art
within South Florida and beyond. He's also had shout-outs to him on Insane Clown Posse tracks. With
all of his responsibilities and projects, he says the secret to keeping
on track is: Matteo Ricci's "Memory Palace" technique and lots of Cuban
1. List five things that inspire you.
-The number 8
2. What was your last big project?
I curated MIA | MI CIELO during Art Basel Miami Beach. It combined the
efforts of myself (The CCCV), Inez Suen (My Private Art Club), and
Culture Shock Marketing. We transformed the fourth floor of the Cielo on
the Bay luxury condominium on North Bay Harbor into an oasis from the
madness of Wynwood, Design District, and Miami Beach. We brought together
some of the best names of the emerging Miami and New York art scene -- artists like Gregory de la Haba, Chin Chih Yang, Karelle Levy, Kiki
Valdez, Lindsay Scoggins, Caroline Geys, Adler A.F., and Valentine
Mellstrom. In total, we had artists from five continents and even Miami's
Butter Gallery in the mix.
3. What's your next big project?
I'm planning an Urban Hunting expedition to Shanghai China for summer 2011.
I'm working with Inez Suen and the International Chinese Fine Arts
Council to bring American artists to Shanghai for an extended period of
time out there to hunt dragons and the Chinese zodiac among other
4. Why do you do what you do?
I'm all about making Miami a more vibrant place to work and play. I want
to be a proponent of the CCCV movement alongside my friends and achieve
greater recognition in the International Art World. I hope by doing so
my art inspires younger generations of artists to have even better,
farther-reaching, creative voices.
5. What's something you want Miami to know about you?
I often wake up at odd hours of the night as if channeling some
supernatural energy and before I know it, I'm on the lonely stretch of
road on the outskirts of Miami filming my new movie for the upcoming
Borscht Film Festival or hanging 15 feet in the air off the neck of a
Giant Ground Sloth statue for an Urban Hunt. I don't fit in any mold
that has been presented to me, but I am still very young and sure I will
What's something you don't want Miami to know about you?
As a teenager, I would organize the Juggalo gatherings in the state of
Florida for Insane Clown Posse. I took gigs photographing their events
out of state. I have the weird honor to say Insane Clown Posse has
showed up my parties, had me on stage during shows, and shouted me out in
a couple albums. Even after many years out of the scene, I am still part
of this crazy networked of friends and consider myself a Juggalo.
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40. Heather Maloney
41. Jorge Rubiera
42. Elaine Lancaster
43. Nick Duckart
44. Danielle Estefan
45. John Dufresne
46. Monica Lopez de Victoria
47. Bill Bilowit
48. Alette Simmons-Jimenez
49. Tawnie Silva
50. Ginger Bardot
51. Jonathan David Kane
52. Naomi Fisher
53. Rocky Grimes
54. Teresa Barcelo
55. Paul Tei
56. Lee Materazzi
58. Anna Mixon
59. Octavio Campos
60. P. Scott Cunningham
61. Elena Garcia
62. Summer Hill
63. Autumn Casey
64. Juan Navarro
65. Serge Toussaint
66. David Rohn
67. Diane Brache
68. Spencer Morin
69. James Anthony
70. Jim Drain
71. Claudia Calle
72. Kevin Arrow
73. Andrew Hevia
74. Ana Mendez
75. Michael McKeever
76. Diana Lozano
77. Ricardo Pau-Llosa
78. Agustina Woodgate
79. Tarell Alvin McCraney
80. Jennifer Kronenberg
81. Farley Aguilar
82. Colin Foord
83. Karelle Levy
84. Matt Gajewski
85. Antonia Wright
86. Allen Charles Klein
87. Christy Gast
88. Gustavo Matamoros
89. Shareen Rubiera-Sarwar
90. Kyle Trowbridge
91. Clifton Childree
92. Jessica Gross
93. Danny Brito
94. Nektar de Stagni
95. Anthony Spinello
96. Vanessa Garcia
97. Justin Long
98. Rosie Herrera
99. Rick Falcon
100. Ingrid B