Jean Marc Calvet

invasion invasión l’invasion

On view through April 28, 2012

Miami Dade College
At Gallery System
Freedom Tower 600 Biscayne Blvd.
Downtown Miami. 
Free Admission
Tuesday through Saturday, Noon to 5 p.m. 


Invasion, 2011-2012, mixed media installation, dimensions variable Courtesy of Monkdogz Urban Art Gallery, NYC

Miami Dade College’s (MDC) renowned Art Gallery System, in collaboration with Monkdogz Urban Art Gallery, the Americas Collection, and the Miami International Film Festival, presents Jean Marc Calvet’s exhibition, invasion invasión l’invasion, currently on view through April 28 at MDC’s National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower.Featuring 33 large-scale paintings and an installation of miniature sculptures, invasion invasión l’invasion, is Calvet’s first solo exhibition at the Freedom Tower. A legitimate self-taught artist, his work and passion as an artist are marked by sophistication yet maintain the spirit of the true brut style. Based in Granada, Nicaragua, Calvet has exhibited his work in Europe, the United States and Latin America, including several solo shows in New York and Nicaragua. His work is held in several private collections and museums.The exhibition is presented in collaboration with the College’s Miami International Film Festival, which presented the documentary Calvet, based on his remarkable story. Living by impulse, he became disconnected from his family and young son, fell in with a Miami mobster and wound up hiding out in Nicaragua in a drug-fueled haze. Seven years ago, at the age of 38, he started to paint as a form of recovery.

Running to the Edge of the World (detail), 2012, Acrylic on canvas, diptych, 42” x 15” and 67” x 47” Courtesy of The Americas Collection, Coral Gables

Through his rich and vividly obsessive work, we enter a world that is both dark and light. Where we see the pain and struggle of a life gone awry; we also see the playfulness and hope of life anew, full of redemption and opportunity. Calvet’s work is a true testament of the raw and brutal truth that artistic intuition and feverish passion knows no boundaries, nor can they be defined or justified in a very institutionalized and marginalized world.

Invasion, 2011-2012, mixed media installation, dimensions variable Courtesy of Monkdogz Urban Art Gallery, NYC

The Art Gallery System at Miami Dade College is a network of venues and initiatives at the College's campuses located throughout South Florida, including MDC's historic Freedom Tower in Downtown Miami. MDC's Art Gallery System has more than 15,000 running feet of exhibition space in its network of galleries and public art spaces, making it one of the largest institutions in the county that is devoted to the visual arts.

Installation view of invasion invasión l'invasion

The MDC Freedom Tower is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, Noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free and group tours are available. For additional information, please contact MDC’s Art Gallery System at 305-237-7700 or visit

About Miami Dade College
Miami Dade College 
has a long and rich history of involvement in the cultural arts, providing South Florida with a vast array of artistic and literary offerings including The Miami Book Fair International, The Florida Center for the Literary Arts, The Miami International Film Festival, the Cultura del Lobo performance arts series, The MDC Tower Theater Cinema Series, the Miami Leadership Roundtable speakers’ series, the National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower, numerous renowned campus art galleries and theaters, and the nationally recognized School of Entertainment and Design Technology. With an enrollment of more than 174,000 students, MDC is the largest institution of higher education in the country and is a national model for many of its programs. The college’s eight campuses and outreach centers offer more than 300 distinct degree programs including baccalaureate, Associate in Arts and Science degrees and numerous career training certificates leading to in-demand jobs. MDC has served nearly 2,000,000 students since it opened its doors in 1960.

For more information, please contact MDC’s Art Gallery System at 305-237-7700.
Media-only contacts: Juan Mendieta, MDC director of communications, 305-237-7611,; Tere Estorino, director of media relations, 305-237-3949,; Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,; or Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359,

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