Few cities have a love affair with their area code as strong as Miami does with 305. It’s shouted out in various rap songs. Pitbull calls himself “Mr. 305.” Tattoos with the numbers are common, and Dade lifers love to say that they’re “305 ’til I die.” Of course, that’s not Miami-Dade’s only area code. Register a new number nowadays and you’re likely to wind up with a 786 area code, and even though that’s not the case anymore, it’s hard to shake the idea that when you’re dialing a 786 number you’re calling a cell phone in Kendall.
You’ve seen the shirt, now here’s the truth: Yo Amo 305 are a Miami art collective doing great things for the culture of Miami.
They offer a yearlong artists residency program bringing Latin American street artists to Miami to create fine art for their gallery across the street from Panther Coffee. Every month, new artists fly in and have a gallery, a studio, an electric bike, and a place to stay. Then they premiere a show during Wynwood Art Walk, and sell limited edition prints to benefit charity.
Miami’s art scene is one of great prominence and notoriety, mostly due to its one of a kind murals throughout the Wynwood area. However, there’s one piece in particular that always stands out to us here at The305.com – the Yo Amo 305 mural. The infamous mural is one of the most popular places to take photos of yourself or of it whenever you’re in Wynwood or whenever you’re at the monthly second-Saturday Art Walk. The piece first made its appearance on March 21st, 2011 on the front of the well known Product/81 gallery, which is ran by Alex Fernandez-Casais and Bibi LouLou.
Last weekend, Yo<3 305 presented a group exhibition entitled “Friends and Family” in the Wynwood District of Miami during the madness that is Art Basel. The participating artists who were all friends previous to the exhibition, created a cohesive body of minimalist, predominately colorless, paintings and one striking centerpiece canoe with accompanying mirrors by Never 2501. The exhibition features the work of 2 Alas, Axel Void, Never 2501, Alexis Diaz, Jaz, Jufe, and Pastel.