The week in South Florida’s visual arts scene features exhibitions of works by Miami-based and international artists, a session of free design demonstrations at DCOTA in Dania Beach and a portraiture exhibition at the Lowe Art Museum.
▪ The San Paul Gallery in Wynwood is showing works by self-taught Brazilian artist Jhonatan Bragança, who creates sketches and paintings influenced by his experiences in Brazil, Italy and New York. The abstract-figurative images in “Letter to my Father” explore five major themes: vulnerability, deviation, passion, destruction and surrender. A cocktail reception is scheduled for Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m. at the gallery, 2527 NW Second Ave., Miami. To RSVP, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the artist, visit jhobstudio.com.
▪ “Sports in Art/Speed & Motion,” the fifth and final installment of the BB Americas Cultural Series, features works by Miami-based artists Rod Davila, Sami Akl, Jotape and Soco Freire in celebration of sports. Brazilian race car driver Helio Castroneves is the subject of most of the works, and he’ll make an appearance alongside the artists at the unveiling on Monday, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Banco do Brasil’s Brickell branch, 800 Brickell Ave., #103, Miami. The exhibit is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday through Jan. 29. For more information, visit bbamericas.com.
▪ ArtSpace/Virginia Miller Galleries opens its 42nd season with “Divergent Illusions,” an exhibition of paintings and sculptures by artists from five countries, including Michael Roque Collins, an American painter; Michelle Concepción, a Puerto Rican working in Europe; Carlos Garcia de la Nuez, a Cuban artist working in Mexico; the late Armando Morales, a major Nicaraguan painter; Mario Segundo Pérez, an artist from Argentina; and Richard Taylor, an American sculptor. The show is on view through February at 169 Madeira Ave., Coral Gables. Call 305-444-4493 or visit virginiamiller.com for more information.
▪ DCOTA in Dania Beach welcomes design professionals and design enthusiasts to Fall Market 2015, a full day of design demonstrations and discussions featuring top industry insiders such as Nina Campbell, Sir Peter Osborne, John Robshaw and Thomas Pheasant. The event is free and open to the public on Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1855 Griffin Rd., Dania Beach. For more details, visit dcota.com.
▪ Currently on display at the Lowe Art Museum is a collection of 125 rare portrait drawings and oil sketches by visionaries from the late 1700s to the present, including the work of Jacques-Louis David, Lucian Freud and Aubrey Beardsley. “Contemplating Character” is on view through Jan. 17, with an admission fee of $10 per person. A gallery talk on portraiture with Eric Zafran is scheduled for Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. The Lowe is located on the campus of the University of Miami, 1301 Stanford Dr., Coral Gables. For information, call 305-284-3535 or visit lowemuseum.org