The National Art Exhibitions by
the Mentally Ill (NAEMI)

cordially invites you
to the opening reception of their

26th Anniversary Exhibition

Misleidys Castillo. Hombres

on Friday May 9th, 6 – 9 pm
at Borders Picture Framing Gallery

1601 SW 1st St.
Miami, Fl. 33135

On View until June 13th, 2014

Misleidys Castillo
Misleidys Castillo


Founded in 1988, NAEMI emerges while Juan Martin, the Executive Director, worked providing counseling to mentally disabled persons at a community mental health center in Miami. After encouraging a patient to paint as a way to escape his intense suffering, Martin remembers how he liked that art work and realized at that moment that there were probably many other talented persons in psychiatric hospitals waiting to be discovered. This first artist that Martin discovered never again picked up a paintbrush, erroneously deciding that he was not an artist. Yet, his extraordinary work remains a testimony of his error. These artists have a great need to express what is going on in their world, regardless of the latest fashion trend in the mesmerizing world of contemporary art.

In the past 26 years, NAEMI has been a pioneer of this field of outsider art by developing various projects, conferences, workshops and activities with experts in the visual arts, literary and mental health professions. NAEMI exhibitions have been annually shown in Miami and have circulated in various museums and art galleries throughout the United States, from New York to Washington D.C.  In the European Union, in Spain and in Belgium. In Latin America, in Chile, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, Bolivia, Paraguay and Guatemala.

Naemi’s passionate commitment to the art of one of the most marginalized group of individuals in the world is evident through these activities and future projects. Naemi has in its permanent collection nearly 1200 works of art.


Borders Pictures Framing Gallery

Hours & Phone:
305 972 1069 (NAEMI);
305 649 0324 (Gallery)

Monday - Friday 10 – 6 pm
Saturday 10 – 4 pm

Contact: Juan Martin
P: 305 972 1069

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