2. Bert Rodriguez

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2. Bert Rodriguez

What can we say that December's 3,600-word feature on Bert Rodriguez hasn't? Since appearing on the cover of New Times mocking Kim Kardashian's cover for W magazine's "Art Issue," we wondered shortly thereafter if Kim or any of the editors at the magazine would see it. W has seen it, but we aren't so sure Kim has. (We secretly imagine in our heads she has, and she loves it, but it was cut out from the latest episode of Kourtney & Kim Take New York.)

It's exactly that kind of humor that makes Rodriguez an artist that everyone can sort of "get." He's "high-brow" enough that collectors snatch up his pieces sight unseen, but "low-brow" enough that it's obvious he's mocking the artist-as-a-celebrity culture.

Meeting Rodriguez in person, you'd be stunned to learn he lacks that cerebral attitude that affects so many contemporary artists -- especially for someone who has risen the top of Miami's art scene.

No, in reality he's just a Miami kid at heart.

1. List five things that inspire you.

-Guitars. (I realize that's six things but, it's my spiritual minimum.)

2. What was your last big project?

Recreating the Kim Kardashian Spread in W magazine for New Times this past December and, subsequently having a celebrity poster signing at Fred Snitzer Gallery's booth During Art Basel Miami Beach.

3. What's your next big project?

Making a sex tape with Kim Kardashian and eventually having my own fragrance.

4. Why do you do what you do?

Because I do.

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

I think you're really hot, especially in the summer.

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

I cheated on you once with NY. It was a mistake. I'll never do it again.  I love you. 

The Creatives so far:

3. Cristina Lei Rodriguez
4. FriendsWithYou
5. Typoe
6. Wendy Wischer
7. Lucas Leyva
8. Jen Stark
9. Adler Guerrier

10. Susan Lee-Chun
11. Andres and Diego Meza-Valdes
12. Beatriz Monteavaro
13. Timothy Buwalda
14. Edwidge Danticat
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

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Jose D. Duran is the associate editor of Miami New Times. He's the strategist behind the publication's eyebrow-raising Facebook and Twitter feeds. He has also been reporting on Miami's cultural scene since 2006. He has a BS in journalism and will live in Miami as long as climate change permits.
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