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On Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 8:00 am The Latin Recording Academy announced in a press conference at the Nominees for the 12th Annual Latin Grammys Awards that Miguel Paredes has been named the official artist of the 12th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards.  Paredes’ artwork will be proudly used as the official image for the world’s premier Latin music event and will grace the cover of the 12th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards invitation, show tickets, poster, program book, and other important applications.

“In keeping with the progressive nature of our organization and the ever-evolving climate of Latin music, it is with great pleasure that we introduce Paredes’ contemporary piece to the roster of incredible artists who have created indelible images on behalf of the Latin GRAMMYs,” said Gabriel Abaroa Jr., President/CEO of The Latin Recording Academy. “The combination of Paredes’ trend-forward techniques and pop art style creates a visually stunning use of colors interwoven with a complexity of graphic imagery that culminates in a creative array centered against Latin music’s most prestigious award.”


A native of New York, Paredes studied at the famed Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts furthered his art education with a mentorship with pop artist and assistant to Andy Warhol, Ronnie Cutrone. He later followed with an apprenticeship with conceptual artist Paul Kus. Ever influenced by his street roots, his inspiration is drawn from a multitude of aspects including his children, nature, Japanese animation, graffiti, and pop culture, all of which are largely prevalent in his juxtapositions of organic realism with urban themes. His unlimited creativity is focused on mixed media and conceptual art and is expressed in media such as canvas, metal, wood, cloth, and digital. He is the owner of Miguel Paredes Fine Art Gallery in Miami and has received simultaneous proclamations from the city of Miami Beach and the Village of Pinecrest honoring his support of historic preservation, citywide devotion and positive community impact. He was featured as the artist-in-residence at the National Hotel during 2010 Art Basel Miami Beach, converting the iconic landmark into the Miguel Paredes National Gallery.

The 12th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards, set for Nov. 10 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, will be broadcast live on the Univision Network from 8 – 11 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. Central).


About The Latin Recording Academy: Is an International, membership-based organization comprised of Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking recording artists, musicians, songwriters, producers and other creative and technical recording professionals. The organization is dedicated to improving the quality of life and cultural condition for Latin music and its makers. In addition to producing the Latin GRAMMY Awards to honor excellence in the recorded arts and sciences, The Latin Recording Academy provides educational and outreach programs for the Latin music community. For more information about The Latin Recording Academy, please visit www.latingrammy.com.

Sources: The Latin Recording Academy, Rogers & Cowan
Photos credit to: Wilki W.K. Tom from WilkiImage 
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