ExperienceSOFI goes above and beyond the dining experience. Many of our participating restaurants’ private ExperienceSOFI lounges will welcome featured guests to enhance your South of Fifth experience! Meet and greet with our featured artists, authors, TV personalities
and more – all of whom call #SoFi home.
Ted Borges is a Miami-based artist from Brazil. His artwork fuses digital and traditional techniques, mixing the stylings of vector art with acrylic paints and glitter on canvas. As a child, participated in drawing, sculpture and writing exhibits. Works as a graphic designer since 2004. Started painting in May 2018 as a hobby. In October, painted portraits of two friends as a birthday gift, which received positive feedback for its style. Was invited to exhibit during Miami Art Week on December 5th, 2018. On December 20th, 2018, sold first commissioned artwork (Frank Sinatra - 16x20x0.5 - Acrylic and glitter on canvas), now in Santiago, Chile.
David Le Batard, better known in the art world as Lebo, is recognized for working in a wide spectrum of creative mediums including murals, paintings and sculptures. Born to Cuban immigrant parents and raised in South Florida, Lebo has become one of the most well-respected muralists in Miami. With a showroom in Wynwood and a studio in Miami Beach’s South of Fifth neighborhood, Lebo’s art can be found all over the world, in private collections and in corporate partnerships including Norwegian Cruise Lines, Lulu Lemon, Harley Davidson, Audi, Google, Microsoft, Redbull, Ketel One, Bacardi and Ferrari.
Gerald & Trisha Posner
Gerald and Trisha Posner are husband and wife NY Times bestselling authors and longtime South of Fifth residents and community activists. Between them they have written 14 books. Gerald’s last book was God’s Bankers, an investigation of money in the Vatican, and Trisha’s was The Pharmacist of Auschwitz, a true tale of a Nazi criminal who was brought to justice by a single camp survivor.
The Posners also write magazine articles covering everything from sports scandals to terrorism and have discussed their groundbreaking work on the TODAY Show, Real Time with Bill Maher, Charlie Rose, Conan O’Brien, and The Daily Show. They are two years into the research for their next book project: an investigative history of modern American Big Pharma.
On their bucket list if they ever take a break from work? Joining an archaeological team on a dig in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings in search of the still missing tomb of Ramesses VIII.
Monique Byrd-Rivera is a Miami-based mixed-media artist who spent 10 years in San Jaun after completing her Fine Arts Painting & Art Direction degree at SCAD. Monique’s art can be found all throughout the Caribbean and South Florida, from private commissions to public murals. She has exhibited in Wynwood, Miami, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Art Basel Miami and Las Olas, Fort Lauderdale. This year, her new collaboration with designer Cotimimi will launch a hand painted designer bag collection for Summer 2018.
World renowned DJ and Producer Oren Nizri hails from Tel Aviv and has played shows all over the world. His blend of soulful, bold European beats and vocals make for uplifting and sexy vibes beloved by the International electronic scene. Come ready to dance the night away to his eclectic party style!
In her book, First Impressions Last, image consultant and author, Patty Soltis shares her 30 years of experience in dressing for success in a fresh, candid, conversational, easy to digest manner. Every woman will find something of value in this book that can make the difference in the way they are perceived in the business world.
STYLEdge® is an image consulting business that specializes with alpha business leaders to establish credibility to their audience without saying a word and help organizations understand how image effects their success. STYLEdge® ensures that the first impression is one of power, competence and confidence. Patty worked in luxury retail management for over 20 years strategically leading stores such as Neiman Marcus and Lord & Taylor
Le Creep, is an internationally acclaimed street artist who calls Miami home. Le Creep’s most notable work are murals that can be found throughout the city. In past years, he has tagged Radio Sobe LIVE during ExperienceSOFI, and he will be creating a mural live this year as well. He is a prominent figure throughout Art Basel and has built a name for himself with his colorful and soulful work. His signature is mask; Le Creep never shows his face!
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