Banksy ‘Charlie Brown’ sells for $ 4 million, as child prodigy wows crowds with his artwork – CBS Miami

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – At Art Miami and its sister fair Art Context, some 200 galleries from 14 countries featuring works by hundreds of artists fill the space. Tuesday night’s opening night grabbed the headlines when a Banksy work titled “Charlie Brown” sold for $ 4 million at the Maddox Gallery.

It was sold to an undisclosed American collector during a VIP preview of Art Miami.

Banksy’s artwork titled ‘Charlie Brown’ sold for $ 4 million at Maddox Gallery during Art Miami. (CBS4)

The elusive artist Banksy first painted this piece on a wall in Los Angeles in 2011.

But one exhibit caught the eye of CBS4’s Lisa Petrillo. It is the work of Andres Valencia, 10, a fourth-grader from California, who took part in his first major art exhibition.

Andres Valencia, 10, a fourth grader from California, presenting his first major Miami art exhibit at Art Miami. (CBS4)

“I looked at his work and said, ‘I have to show this at Art Miami,’” said Nick Korniloff, executive director of Art Miami. “He is a definite prodigy and it is close to my heart because the product of his art benefits Andres and his growing artistic career, but also the foundation of our son, the Perry J. Cohen Foundation”, which bears the name of her son who was lost at sea at the age of 14 in 2015 off Jupiter Inlet.

“How did you learn to do that?” Petrillo asked the 10-year-old prodigy artist.

Andres Valencia, 10, a fourth grader from California, presenting his first major Miami art exhibit at Art Miami. (CBS4)

“When I was little, I always liked to draw. There was this painting in my living room that I liked a lot, and I always tried to copy it. I just got better and better at drawing, ”said Valencia.

On Tuesday night, actor Channing Tatum became a fan posing with Andres’s paintings, and actress Sofia Vergara bought one. Seven more of his acrylic and oil paintings sold. Andres admires greats like Basquiat and Picasso and is completely self-taught.

“Well, I don’t have an art teacher yet, but I want an art teacher soon,” he said.

“I think maybe you can teach an art teacher something,” Petrillo said.

“Yes,” Andres replied, laughing.


At Wynwood Walls, 13 new walls were unveiled this Art Week, created by top street artists from around the world.

Jessica Goldman Srebnick, CEO of Goldman Global Arts, organizes the walls and named this year’s theme “Agents of Change”.

“Artists have always been agents of change, whether they change perspective or change neighborhood. Srebnick said. “So the idea of ​​the theme is really to let everyone know that everyone has the opportunity to be an agent of change. “

Petrillo and Srebnick toured the magnificent and various wall installations and sculptures, while Srebnick showed a colorful piece by artist Bordalo from Portugal. It uses all recycled plastics to create a large, breathtaking sculpture.

“He is a very firm believer in the importance of the environment by protecting our environment and making and recycling car parts, garbage cans, whatever he finds. It’s really quite spectacular, ”she said.

Miami Art Week 2021, where you will find inspiration at every turn.

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