FLOR 388, Florida Milkweed (Asclepias feayi), FLOR500, Florida, Wildflower, Art, Nature, History, Eco-art, FIU, VIVA Florida, Garden, Artists, Engaged Creativity, Environment, participatory art, FLOR500 is a participatory art, nature, and history project that marks the importance of the moment when the history of Florida changed forever and gives a glimpse of what its landscape was like 500 years ago. Developed by Xavier Cortada, director and artist-in-residence of FIU’s College of Architecture + The Arts’ Office of Engaged Creativity, the project commemorates Florida’s quincentenary in 2013.
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 FLOR 388
Florida Milkweed (Asclepias feayi)

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Leo Johnson, "FLOR 388: Florida Milkweed (Asclepias feayi)," mixed media on canvas,8" x 10", 2014. (CC)

 

About the Artist

Leo Johnson is a third generation Cuban-Sicilian, who is still immersed in the art, culture and language. Leo studied painting in San Miguel, Mexico, at a school founded by Diego Rivera, Orozco and Siqueiros, the great Mexican muralists. He has won many awards for his paintings and has shown throughout the United States, Germany and Greece. Johnson's style is unique personal and captivating. 

 

Artist's Statement

In my paintings I try to reflect the human spirit-its agonies, joys, exuberance-and peaks and valleys of everyday life. Also included are the fleeting moments which appear to us once in a lifetime and are gone… Throughout the history of art, mankind has been the motivator, the inspirer, and the force that protects and propels civilization into the future.

 


 

 

FLOR 388 Florida Milkweed
Photo credit: Dan Tenaglia

Florida Milkweed
(Asclepias feayi)

For more information about this flower please visit
Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants Institute for Systematic Botany

 

Five hundred Florida artists are sought to create art for FLOR500, a participatory art, nature, and history project that marks the importance of the moment when the history of Florida changed forever and gives a glimpse of what its landscape was like 500 years ago. Developed by Xavier Cortada, director and artist-in-residence of FIU’s College of Architecture + The Arts’ Office of Engaged Creativity, the project commemorates Florida’s quincentenary in 2013. For more information click here.

 

 

 

FIU College of Architecture + The Arts


Xavier Cortada
Artist-in-Residence
Florida International University
College of Architecture + The Arts
420 Lincoln Road, Suite 430
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Xavier Cortada's participatory art practice is based at Florida International University.






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