44. Danielle Estefan

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44. Danielle Estefan

As a rising female artist, Danielle Estefan creates illustrations of characters with a seemingly dark undercurrent while also maintaining a sense of lightheartedness. "I don't think I intentionally try to portray a message with my work. I just want it to make the viewers smile, possibly giggle, or provoke them to imagine whimsical scenarios," she explains. Estefan's art primarily focuses on women and the complexity of emotions

that each character illustrates. "I always find women characters just

simply more fun to create because of all their expressive elements and

accessories," she notes.

Estefan has been creating art for as long as she can remember and

received formal training through practicing traditional art at Design

and Architecture Senior High. But her education didn't completely

satisfy her desire to push the boundaries with her art. "Towards the end

of my high school education, I just wanted to break free and create what

I wanted. That idea, at the time, was not very popular with my

teachers, but I rebelled and kept creating what I enjoyed," she states. 

One of her paintings, depicting a young girl

and her dog donning bandit masks, is titled Partners in Crime. Estefan playfully taps into anthropomorphism with some of her work

featuring animals: "I tend to imagine them with human characteristics,

such as my evil cockatiel that is always plotting against me or stories

about my parents' insane, suicidal Boston Terrier."


this year, Estefan and two other female artists exhibited new work at

the Umami art show in the Bear and Bird Gallery, and her work is

available for purchase through Estefan's Etsy store. 

Lomo y TacuTacu
1. List five things that inspire you. 

-Other artists
-Street art
-My husband

2. What was your last big project?


last big project was earlier this year for a group show named "Umami"

which featured me and two really talented artists that I love, Tatiana

Suarez and Natali Martinez. The show was held at the Bear and Bird

Gallery located in Lauderhill, Florida. I made a series of original

paintings, some large some small. No real theme to them, just had fun


3. What's your next big project? 


now I'm just working on some personal projects. I've been painting on

some large masonite boards, and I'm making the painting double-sided so

the viewers can choose which painting to display based on their mood. 

4. Why do you do what you do? 


art is very much for my personal enjoyment, and I do get pleasure

creating it for others as well. However, expressing myself without words

and just the act of creating is something which I find to be very

therapeutic and calming. 

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

I want Miami to know that I have faith in

you. I'm not moving to Brooklyn with all the hipsters. This is my

home...I love you Miami. 

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

I don't want Miami to know that I love New York.

The Creatives so far:

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

100. Ingrid B

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