5825 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33137

Artist: Eddie Arroyo
painting | Acrylic on canvas | 711x914mm | 2017

Eddie Arroyo’s urban landscape paintings focus on Miami’s Little Haiti, where he lives and works. The artist’s style recalls historical European landscapes as well as scenes by American artists such as Edward Hopper, but his subject matter—the gentrification of a primarily Black and Latinx neighborhood—is contemporary. Arroyo painted the four panels featured in the Biennial over an extended period of time, depicting the same site as it appeared from 2016 to 2019. Their focus is a building that until recently housed the Cafe Creole—one of many businesses in the area bearing a mural by Serge Toussaint, a local artist and professional sign painter known for his portrayals of Little Haiti. The narrative that unfolds in Arroyo’s work chronicles the erasure of a community by real estate development—a force that he resists through the very act of making these paintings, as he works alongside local activists fighting to change the current trajectory of the neighborhood. (Image courtesy the artist and Spinello Projects, Miami. Photograph by Eddie Arroyo)


Whitney Biennial 2019 | 2019.05.17 - 2019.09.22 | Whitney Museum of American Art(New York City, NY, United States)