Fresco Art Exhibit Examines Fresh Starts Through The Artistic Journey

Following a highly successful grand opening during Art Basel Miami 2022, Lucid Design District announces its second group exhibition, “Fresco”curated by Graciela Montich. The Opening Reception will take place on Thursday, May 4, 2023, from 6:00-8:00 pm, at Lucid Design District, 10 NE 41st St, Miami, FL, 33137. All are welcome and the event is free with RSVP via Eventbrite orat

Fresco examines, through a wide and diverse body of works, the idea of a ‘fresh start”. For the thirteen participating artists, ‘fresh start’ could mean thethrill of applying paint on a blank canvas, or it caninfer a lifechange, career move, or a traumatic turn of events. These life experiences are fundamental components of the artistic process and metaphysical journey.

No matter the circumstances, what binds these artists together is the incessant need to create and communicate. They bring their inner world outside,and make subconscious, conscious. The exhibition is the embodiment of fresco, an ideal world accessible to all who wish to find it.

Lucid Design District aims to be a conduit of communication between emerging and mid-career artists and collectorsand art lovers. Most artists will be present at the Opening Reception and can be available by appointment until the exhibition closes on Sunday, August 13, 2023.

The Artist’s Journey

Owner, Payal Takwho is also a participating artiststates, “I don’t create art to produce a masterpiece that is written up in magazines or published in art books. I have been designing my art journey to keep propelling me towards new discoveries and new ideas through which I can discover the hidden personalities of color and form. My art is a reflection of my free mind.”

In “To the Core” Tak’s technique mirrors pointillism. Seven rings filled with textural dots are like tree rings that graduate from dark to light with the core being white. When speaking about her diverse art styles Tak explains, “I use un-textured paint to develop textures without mixing external mediums but by simply placing layers upon layers on each other; I use kitchen tools to give shapes to my works.”

Art as Mental Refuge

Art was Hiba Alyawer’s mental refuge as a child as she waited out bomb attacks during Desert Storm with her family. She drew and painted skies in bullet colors, on whatever scraps of paper and cardboard her father could find. Alwayer’s bold and colorful personality are evident in all her work. Her acrylic paintings such as “Epic Dream”, mixed media works and sculptures are infused with vivid and bright colors and varied textures. Scratches and splashes of paint represent life’s unexpected surprises.

Inner and Outer Worlds

Tanja Ličinahas developed her unique approach to abstract drawing and oil paintings on canvas. She examines different concepts and norms within contemporary societies as well as her own inner worlds mainly focusing on subconscious, absurdity, nothingness, fluidity of time and concept of death/endings, sexual orientation, and gender roles. These concepts are conveyed in works such as “Tree Leans on Tree” – minimal and clear constructivist forms and she accomplishes voluminosity with a valerian sequence of intensive, frequently warm shades.


Fluidity and metamorphosis are dominant in Alejandra Stier’spaintings. In a new body of works titled “Volar”, the hummingbird’s movement denotes an out-of-body experience, and more significantly, the transfer of sustenance to form new life. In her book “El Arte Nutre la Vida”, Stier speaks about her experience living with cancer. She says, “being able to tell my story is both the end andthe beginning. My life is divided into two stages: a before and an after.Art is the territory of invention and life which allowed me to build myself as a pyramid – much stronger than before.”

Lucid Design District also welcomes its first digital artist, Victoria Lopez. Lopez’s work engages with themes that are indicative of the time, often featuring work that is provoking, experimental, and playful. She pushes the boundaries of visual delight as she explores ideas of simplicity, femininity, and movement. She will exhibit a new series titled “Motion”. A digital animated .gif and animation box machine will be sold together.

Participating artists include: Alejandra Stier (Argentina), Anne Beatriz(Brazil), Emilie Gosselin (Canada), Graciela Montich (Argentina), Hiba Alyawer (Washington D.C.), Marianela Perez (Miami.), Payal Tak (Miami), Robert Frankel (Chicago), Sandra De Souza (Peru), Silvina Chialva (Argentina), Simi Bhandari (Washington D.C.), Tanja Ličina (Serbia), Victoria Lopez (Argentina).

About Lucid Design District

Established in 2021 as a studio and exhibition space for founder Payal Tak’s personal artwork, Lucid Design District opened as an art gallery during Art Basel Miami 2022. The gallery is located on Miami Design District’s “art corner” (10-12 NE 41 St. at N. Miami Ave.) next to Museum Garage and across the street from the de la Cruz Collection and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami. The idea of Lucid Design District was born from Tak’s desire to connect with the community through collaborative art exchanges. Lucid Design District will host group exhibitions, educational art talks, and artist networking events. The 3700-sf space is also an ideal environment for design-focused networking events and features a large reception or performance area; 8 curio-style ‘idea spaces’ for solo artist showcases or breakout sessions; a full-size kitchen; and 75’ long outdoor seating or parking area with lights; and a large wall for art installations.