Point of View

Miami’s Fresh Monkey decked the Adrienne Arsht Center loading dock
June 30, 2009, 3:39 pm
Filed under: Fuerza Bruta

Daniel Aaron Fila aka Krave, aka Fresh Monkey, 28, is legit. By that, we mean he has a BFA from Columbus College of Art and Design and a master’s degree in Street Art from the School of Hard Knocks. The Miami native has worked in the area for more than 10 years as a graffiti street artist with a particular penchant for murals. Fila is one of 4 Miami-based artists selected to showcase their work at the Adrienne Arsht Center during the run of Fuerza Bruta, now on stage through August 2.

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His latest work can now be seen on the east wall of the Adrienne Arsht Center’s loading dock, which has been converted into an industrial-inspired main entrance to the Center’s summer hit Fuerza Bruta. The “Fresh Monkey,” the character at the center of the Adrienne Arsht Center painting and at the core of many of Fila’s works, has been referred to as the artist’s alter-ego, and first came about while he was doing a school project years ago. The “fresh” refers to the little creature’s proclivity for trouble. Although Fila says he sometimes feels caged in when it comes to expressing himself, his naughty little alter-ego can be seen all over the city in some of the most colorful graffiti art Miami has seen.

In 2003, Fila gained notoriety for his provocative 2003 “Erin” mural, a 13-foot posterior-view nude that graced the east wall of Oppenheim Architecture and Design in the heart of the Design District. The mural was mysteriously, and ironically enough, painted over illegally, but the building is now adorned with a new work entitled “Adam and Eve,” featuring Paleolithic-style fertility figures with large hips, curvy torsos, and small heads. Fila’s work has been featured at Art Basel, and he has also worked on projects for such notable brands as MTV, the Ritz-Carlton, and Greyhound bus lines. Recently, the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau featured his artwork on a city wall as part of a national ad campaign celebrating Miami’s culture.

Copy of Fuerza Bruta Press Meet - June10,09 Photos by Mitchell Zachs (13)

To learn about the other artists featured at the Adrienne Arsht Center during Fuerza Bruta, visit https://arshtpov.wordpress.com/ and look out for future editions of P.O.V.


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