Come out to Katsuya at the SLS South Beach Monday, August 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. as they host their third installment of Gallery Nights. Mix and mingle with Brazilian fine art photographer Rubem Robierb in the exclusive Dragon Lounge and view his “Bullet-fly Effect Series” while enjoying light bites and cocktails. We had a chance to talk to Robierb about his work, Miami, and this collaboration with Katsuya.
What attracts you to the medium of photography?
The possibilities to synthesize the world around you with a single image. The concept of fine art photography, for me, is like a poem with no words.
Tell us about your “Bullet-fly Effect Series.”
“Bullet-fly Effect Series” is a show that offers a sharp analysis of changes to our planet, by nature or by conflict. I’ve chosen the two biggest articles, to me, of transformation in our world. One is the butterfly and the other one is the bullet because the world changes by the bullet, and the butterfly is the maximum symbol of transformation. Once I have the two icons, I start the creative process and I figure out that they match to create one single strong piece. And then I create the whole series of bullet-flies. It’s a discourse about the opposite things in the world. It’s a duality that we live in, the good and the bad, the hell and the heaven.
What can we expect to see at Katsuya?
The display will be an explosion of colors and a confrontation between the fragile and the ferocious. It will be really beautiful.
What do you like about living in Miami?
The last five years of my life I’ve been spending equally in Miami and New York. To create, I need to be in Miami. This city inspires me so much. The light is the best light of the world. All the photographers fall in love when they come to Miami. That golden sunset light is amazing. The nightlife, the food, the colors—I’m really moved by the colors.
What do you like to do in your free time here?
We live in South of Fifth and I love to take long walks with my husband through this area and the park by the ocean. We just appreciate life and do the simple things together because we have a really busy life. And during the weekends, when we have a little bit of time we just want to be in the water and do aquatic sports.
What are you looking forward to at Katsuya on Monday?
I really get so excited about the idea that Katsuya has because they’re going out of the box by putting the art in the hotel and the restaurants. I love to see the reaction of people coming to the restaurants or the hotel to do other things, and they get shocked when they see the body of work. I like that reaction of surprising people; to be with your art in a place where they don’t expect you to be.