Who: Oliver Sanchez


When: December 1rd through December 7th, 2008

Where: 3821 N.E. 1st Court, Miami Design District

Why: Fundraiser for D.A.S.H (Design & Architecture Senior High).

Celebrating 25 years of productivity in Miami’s Design District, artist Oliver Sanchez will convert his workshop/studio during the week of Art Basel Miami Beach into the BORDELLO BODEGA.

Conceived as a convenience store with a hospitality club theme laced with a unique Latin flavor the BORDELLO BODEGA, will be a ridiculous manifestation that attempts to convey the notion that what propels human endeavor is an ageless burning desire for fundamental Earthly pleasures.

Since the dawn of human history, the urge to venture beyond the familiar has lead to new frontiers and expanded our common understanding of the world we inhabit. Whether nomadic wanderers or sea-faring conquerors; the sights of the dauntless few that heeded the call were set on discovering new places and people to interact with.

As illusive and isolated points of destination were uncovered, tall tales and trade routes soon connected them, intensifying the allure of untold exotic riches. In time, port-towns and out-posts became magnets for the intrepid. The spoils for the inquisitive voyagers were invariably the same then as they are today; more particularly GIRLS, GROG and GAIETY.

We humans are not made for work, but we will work very hard for that immeasurable reward at the end of the rainbow. In the words of the insightful Molly Innes: "If you want a rainbow, you have to put up with the rain." The BORDELLO BODEGA is a glimpse into modern bohemian life in the tropics. It is the modern day manifestation of the age-old beacon of passions purporting the idiom that the art of the hunt is more fulfilling than a job.

All proceeds from the BORDELLO BODEGA will be donated to the neighborhood arts magnet high-school DASH (Design & Architecture Senior High).

Oliver Sanchez is a Cuban-American Miami based sculptor and painter. A brief retrospect of his work reveals an intriguing pop-renaissance style with near-mastery of craft and concept. He is a self-made facilitator that has collaborated with many contemporary artists including among Keith Haring, Kenny Scharf, Elgreen & Dragset, Piotr Uklanski, Bhakti Baxter, Daniel Arsham, and Peter Coffin among others. A presence in the global fine art industry for the last 25 years, Sanchez has provided services and product to a host of agencies, galleries and private collections. Chief Exhibition Designer at MOCA in North Miami during the formative years of the Miami cultural arts awakening, Sanchez has served on the faculty of MDCC as visiting professor and now contributes his time to DASH (Design & Architecture Senior High).

Located at 3821 N.E. 1st Court the BORDELLO BODEGA will run from Dec. 1st through Dec. 7th, 2008.