13. Timothy Buwalda

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13. Timothy Buwalda

Spending his youth in Christian schools deeply impacted the philosophies of artist Timothy Buwalda. "This was a very Dutch Calvinist childhood, based on structure and discipline. It also created a sort of bubble in my life where that was all I knew up to the point I discovered an outside world."

Once in the outside world, he did a 360 and became a skater boy who hung around the punk scene. "I began reading Thrasher and Transworld magazines to find a way of thinking I had never experienced. I fell in love with the graphics on the skateboards and the photos in the magazines."

Picking up on his dad's ability to "build just about

anything," Buwalda began to experiment with his own creations, which fit

in well with his new DIY social circle. "We built our own ramps,

painted our boards, made our clothes, etc. I belonged to two very

dissonant groups - church and school. It created a sort of dichotomy in

my life that is still there today. I think it exists in my paintings as


Although this mentality served him and

his friends well, it all stemmed from his upbringing. "Being lower

middle class helped create a good work ethic and the need to fix things

for yourself. I think a lot of the imagery I choose from comes from

this background. It is that dichotomy previously mentioned, trying to

mix the sublime and the banal in the same thought; or trying to talk

about he sublime using a banal language."


1. List five things that inspire you.

-Visual arts

2. What was your last big project?

Solo show "Pursuit" at Fredric Snitzer Gallery.

3. What's your next big project?

"The Armory Show NY" in 2011 as part of the Fredric Snitzer Gallery booth.

4. Why do you do what you do?

I think when you ask people why they are the person they are, often their response has a lot to do with what they have chosen to do for a living. It has been a long time since I have made the decision that led to being an artist. I can say that there have been moments that the reasons wavered for making work. When I was a kid, I drew and painted to get the attention of my parents and anyone else I found important. As I got older, it became a sort of retreat from people and situations I found myself in. Along the way I started thinking about making art as a sort of language that helped me resolve some thoughts I had. Some pieces were periods to a thought and some were a running dialogue that helped me understand things in a way I would not have been able to without it.

5. What's something you want Miami to know about you?

I'm looking for a girlfriend.

What's something you don't want Miami to know about you?

That I am a closet sports fanatic. Go Marlins!

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15. Juraj Kojs
16. Cat Dove
17. Campbell McGrath
18. Frances Trombly
19. Jose Mertz
20. Emma Trelles
21. Pablo Cano
22. Natasha Tsakos
23. Freegums

24. Aurora Natrix
25. Gean Moreno
26. Yaddyra Peralta
27. Barron Sherer

28. Brigid Baker
29. Daniel Fila
30. McLaine Oberhellmann
31. Fro Rojas
32. Annie Hollingsworth
33. Preston Allen
34. Cristina Molina
35. David Josef Tamargo
36. Jillian Mayer

37. Alfonso Vega
38. Natasha Lopez de Victoria
39. Aholsniffsglue

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

57. Karla Garcia
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

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