Please Join Us!


Come and celebrate with the Monira Foundation on Monday, December 4, 2023, from 6-9 PM, as we salute the arts and our unwavering commitment to the creative community. Hosted by Eva Ruiz and Phong H. Bui this evening will feature catering and cocktails by Chef Anthony Bucco from Landmark Club and DJ Patafunk. Be part of an exclusive auction featuring works by Monira Foundation artists, including Peter Burr, Sigfredo Chacón, Hugo Crosthwaite, Mara De Luca, Jamie Diamond, Phong H. Bui, Sean Mellyn, Andrew Moeller, Anne Muntges, Bruno Smith and Rafael Vargas.


📍 Date: Monday, December 4, 2023
⌚ Time: 6-9 PM
🔨 Silent Auction 6-8 PM
🌆 Location: Miami, FL


This special evening is more than just a fundraiser; it’s a momentous occasion, set against the backdrop of the prestigious Art Basel in Miami. It’s an opportunity for us to come together to reflect on the incredible progress we’ve achieved over the past three years, and most importantly, to pay tribute to the talented artists who have enriched our vibrant community. Each ticket will come with a limited edition portfolio box of works created by Monira Residency Artists: Amelia Saul, Rowan Renee, Shihori Yamamoto and Jiwon Rhie.


As we look to the future, our goal is to maintain this celebration by raising vital funds. Your support will help us bolster stipends for resident artists, expand our diverse programming, and curate more exhibitions that solidify our status as a pioneering experimental laboratory for the arts. Together, let’s make this event a pivotal moment, one that fuels the Monira Foundation’s mission to inspire, intensify, and advance a dynamic cultural and social discourse between creators, audiences, and institutions through our unwavering support of art.


About Landmark Club, founded by Frank Cretella and John Williams of Landmark Hospitality, merges dining, culinary expertise, and genuine hospitality with art, culture, and entrepreneurship. More than a membership club, it’s a familial community where members share life’s best moments within an artistic tapestry. It goes beyond exclusivity, fostering connections that delve beneath the surface. Driven by a shared love for food, beverage, and the arts, members create extraordinary memories in a community where passion meets plate, creativity meets canvas, and every gathering is a celebration of life’s exceptional moments. Membership intertwines with a story that unfolds with each shared dish and moment.


About Patafunk, Carlos Eduardo Martinez Simon-Llanos better known as Patafunk is a Venezuelan DJ, Producer, multi-instrumentalist, Singer-Songwriter into crafting and sharing music every week for the last 2 years, and by nights, he DJ’s around the city of Miami


About Monira Foundation, an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit institution, functions as a radical experimental laboratory, working in close collaboration with artists, curators, musicians, dancers, producers, and writers to conceive, realize, and present innovative projects in all media. Its aim is to spark, intensify, and promote an evolving cultural and social dialogue between creators, audiences, and institutions. Focusing on the unique potential of interdisciplinary work in a context distinct from the distracting pressures of academia and the market, Monira Foundation advances the practices and products of today’s foremost artists, amplifying their contributions to communities both local and distant.


About Phong H. Bui  an artist, writer, curator, publisher and artistic director of the Brooklyn Rail, The River Rail Editions. Bui is a trustee of Studio in the School, Tiffany Foundation, The Third Rail, Second Shift Studio Program, Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program, Monira Foundation, Center for Fiction, among others.


About Eva Ruiz, an independent art advisor with over 20 years of experience, offering strategic art consultancy services to corporations and private collectors globally Europe and the Americas. Specialised in connecting collectors and introducing new participants to the art ecosystem, Ruiz has held diverse roles within the art industry: as a gallery owner, art advisor, collector, curator, and involvement in the development of public art spaces. This multifaceted experience provides her with a unique perspective on all the agents and dynamics involved in the art market. As the Founder of ER Creative Consulting, Eva provides bespoke and strategic art consultancy for corporations and private collectors. Additionally, her visionary initiative, Arternativ, is based on the ‘economy of scale’ business premise, offering a comprehensive array of services to local art fairs. Moreover, through Artmunity, Eva organizes both physical and online art visits, along with exclusive art trips around the world to the Latin American-Spanish community of art enthusiasts.


Please purchase your ticket to secure your place at this extraordinary event. Your presence and support will truly make a difference.

Auction Works:


Peter Burr Multi-layer UV print on Acrylic 42×28″


Sigfredo Chacón Pastel and acrylic on paper 30×22.5 “

SOLD Hugo Crosthwaite - Crown 1, 2023

Hugo Crosthwaite 12 x 12 inches Acrylic paint, color pencil and gold marker on canvas.

SOLD Crown 2, 2023 - Hugo Crosthwaite

Hugo Crosthwaite 12 x 12 inches Acrylic paint, color pencil and gold marker on canvas.

SOLD Mara De Luca - Untitled 6, 2020

Mara De Luca collaged monotype on Rives BFK 15 × 12″ (38 × 30.5 cm)

Jamie Diamond -Subject B, 2009

Jamie Diamond Archival pigment print 1/5 + 2 AP 22.5×30″

Phong H. Bui - Meditation Painting #1221, 2023

Phong H. Bui - pencil, gouache, and correction fluid on tea-stained paper - 16 ⅝ x 12 ¾ in (framed)

I Said Don’t Touch Me I Did Anyway, 2017. Sean Mellyn

Sean Mellyn - Toner transfer, India ink, gouache. - 19 x 15″ (framed)

SOLD Painting XXXVII, 2022 Andrew Moeller

Andrew Moeller - Acrylic and Graphite on Aluminum Panel - 24” x 24”

Anne Muntges Push Butt, 2022

Anne Muntges - Ink on Board - 5 x 7″ drawing on 5.5 x 7.5″ board

Bruno Smith Neanderthals playing soccer, 2023

Bruno Smith - Inkjet print, gouache on paper - 22×29″  

Rafel Vargas - Acerca de Sitting and Waiting

Rafael Vargas - Interactive sculpture with sound. - 2’ x 3’ x 3’  

With the support of