In honor of the inventive creativity of contemporary art, Le Guanahani has collaborated with two world-renowned modern artists: graffiti artist JonOne and sculptor Richard Orlinski. Inspired by the hotel’s 30th anniversary year, two striking works of art were unveiled at Le Guanahani in November 2016.
The pieces will remain on display at the property for guests and visitors to explore and admire.
An American graffiti artist who has lived and worked in Paris since 1987, JonOne created a unique work of art for Le Guanahani during a live painting at the hotel’s anniversary party. The piece is an explosion of vitality and color offering a Dionysian celebration of lines enmeshed within a maze of visual and touch-sensitive explosions. Born John Andrew Perello to Dominican parents in Harlem, NY, the artist tagged his way to fame in the late 1970s and founded the graffiti group 156 All Starz in 1984. Shifting his focus to canvas in the following years, he received the highest bid ever for a work of graffiti in France for his work Balle de Match. In 2016, he earned France’s highest honor as a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur.
A believer that beauty can invert violence into positive feelings, sculptor Richard Orlinski tapped his “Born Wild” concept to create a work of art in the signature colors of Le Guanahani, with two alligators fighting for the “G”. Born in Paris, Orlinski switched to art in 2002 after a career in interior design. His success was instantaneous, resulting in showings at Art Elysées, the FIAC and Art Basel. Orlinski finds inspiration in iconic popular imaging, incorporating simple yet strong figures that convey animality and wildness while preserving a sense of hypnotic beauty. His works are found in collections around the world, and ArtPrice has ranked him as one of the top ten most sold French artists worldwide since 2011.