Best Of 2021

Best masterwork by a local artist: “Mi isla” by Gabriel Ramos

“Mi isla” by Gabriel Ramos

Tampa Bay first saw Gabriel Ramos’ “Mi isla” at the MFA during Skyway. The 24-foot-long assemblage of red plastic is noticeably different from Ramos’ past sculptures. It’s also his best yet. “Mi isla” captured the tropics in an innovative way that stands out from the crowd of Florida paradise-themed artwork. It’s even more impressive knowing that Ramos mainly sculpted in wire before this. There were certain things Ramos couldn’t achieve through bending wire, which is why he transitioned to laser-cut plastic in 2020. “It’s almost like you keep getting better at making something and polishing and polishing it,” he said in a July 2021 interview.

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