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MIAMade Maker Saturdays: The Art of Paper Cutting with Juan Erman Gonzalez

January 31 @ 9:00 am 4:00 pm 

| $18


Paper cutting is an ancient art form. Chinese paper-cuts come immediately to mind. In his art, Erman uses this format two-fold:

  • to use as a stencil that might be incorporated in a multi-layered finished mixed media drawing
  • to create components that may be grouped into a much larger installation such as Se Van Los Seres II, 2014 a 15′ by 3′ wall work installed last year at The Art & Culture Center of Hollywood, for a solo exhibition, Over My Rainbow.

In this Maker Saturday, we will be investigating reversed cut drawing and the use of negative space to create images.



 9:00AM-12:30PM // Introduction

  • Show and tell of a few examples of Erman’s technique.
  • Get drawing and cutting.

12:30PM-1:00PM // Lunch break

  • Get your munch on with lunch provided by MIAMade.

1:00PM-3:30PM // Practice

  • Continue trying out techniques and cutting with the one-on-one help of your instructor.

3:30PM-4:00PM // Presentation

  • Participants will the opportunity to see what their peers have made.
  • Short feedback survey will be conducted by MIAMade.



Your materials are included in the cost of your ticket.

Feel free to bring any of the following:

Exacto knives, eraser, pencils, pens, ruler, (preferably metal) scissors, sheets of medium weight papers your color and texture choices (no rag or cotton papers, they don’t cut clean), and assorted can spray paints in colors and finishes.



As a safety precaution children are not permitted to attend this workshop.



Cuba born (1956) globally raised Juan “ERMAN” Gonzalez  is a mixed media artist working in 2 and 3D and installation with a fiber art concentration and an extensive background in fashion design and fabrication which definitely inform his artistic methodology.

He has received several grants and fellowships including a three months artist residency to Fundacao Sacatar in Itaparica, Brazil. He has taught art forms to children and adults living with disabilities as well as to people in underserved neighborhoods through programming sponsored by Access Services, Miami-Dade Parks and Recreation Department. Erman has been the invited guest lecturer at Utah State University, Colorado State University, FIT in NYC, Edna Manley College in Kingston, Jamaica and the National Gallery of the Bahamas, Nassau and Broward College in Davie, Florida amongst others.

His works form part of many collections including the permanent collection of the PAMM and the Miami-Dade Public Library System. He is presently engaged in working through a new series of 2D mixed media wall works where he is experimenting with colors, textures and theme for a solo exhibition in Cuba, 2016.


PASTORAL, 2008- Cut paper, graphite, acrylic paint, double layered, mixed media. Private collection, NYC.


Please contact Jennifer Mendez Alba ( if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.



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