Jon Key

Vanity Fair

Almost as quickly as David Datuna could finish peeling and eating a $120,000 banana, Miami Art Week has packed its bags and air-kissed South Beach goodbye. As the buzz wears off, we’re reminiscing about five of the most exciting emerging artists to come out of Miami’s art fairs—artists who brought something unusual to the scene at South Beach.

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From left, “The Man No. 5”, 2019, 24inx18in; “Violet Still Life No. 2”, 2019, 24inx18in; “Man in the Red Room No. 2”, 2019, 48x36in.COURTESY OF JON KEY.

Jon Key (Steve Turner Gallery at Untitled Art Fair)

Brooklyn-based artist Jon Key explores the mythologies of his identity through his paintings, using exclusively shades of green, black, violet, and red to represent his experiences in the South, his race, his queer identity, and his family. Key’s poetic use of these rich colors paired with the graphic configuration of his subjects emphasizes the innate strength in the expression of vulnerability.

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