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Coconut Grove Arts Festival chooses artist Hector Prado to create official poster

The 2018 Coconut Grove Arts Festival's official poster was created by artist Hector Prado and titled ‘Winds of Change.’
The 2018 Coconut Grove Arts Festival's official poster was created by artist Hector Prado and titled ‘Winds of Change.’

Artist Hector Prado’s Winds of Change was selected as the official poster for the 55th annual Coconut Grove Arts Festival, February 17-19.

Prado was born in Cali, Colombia, but lives in Miami, where he creates works of fine and pop art marked by people, nature and fantasy-esque images. He works with acrylic, pencil, charcoal, pens and more, and he has used building walls and jeans as canvasses.

“My art is a combination of reality and fantasy,” Prado said. “I use colors to communicate emotions to allow a connection between the one seeing the art and the piece itself. I call my style Fantastic Realism, as my art brings life to reality.”

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Artist Hector Prado was born in Colombia and now lives and creates in Miami.

Hector Prado joins proud roster of Coconut Grove Arts Festival poster artists

“Prado’s vision for this year’s poster depicts the winds of change that can move clouds and make the waves of the sea roll in a frenzy of exuberance and beauty,” festival organizers said.

Previous festival posters have been created by artists including Guy Harvey, Maria Reyes Jones, Jacqueline Roch, Xavier Cortada, Clyde Butcher, Rick Garcia, Lisa Remeny and Romero Britto.

This year’s festival, presented by the Terra Group, is produced by the Coconut Grove Art and Historical Association, a nonprofit community organization. Proceeds from the event help to fund year-round arts programs. The association also runs the Coconut Grove Arts Festival Gallery at Mayfair in the Grove, 3390 Mary Street.

One-day passes are $12 through February 16; $5 for Coconut Grove residents. For information or to purchase festival tickets: CGAF.com.

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