Colombian-born Mayra Mateus has forged her own path in the Miami pop art scene through her piggy-bank character, which she has used to convey the importance of "saving dreams" and to provide hope to the many immigrants struggling with depression.
"I decided to create a 'piggy bank' ... to represent my philosophy that dreams are more valuable than money. My idea is to have art with a purpose, art that can send a message," the native of Cali, Colombia, told Efe.
Known professionally as Mateus Art, the 26-year-old will present her new "Guess Who?" collection next Wednesday at one of the events leading up to Art Basel Miami Beach, an art fair scheduled for the first week of December.
The collection features a series of 11 paintings in which the artist re-imagines that famed board game, populating it with famous people and characters including Frida Kahlo, The Beatles, Kobe Bryant, Marilyn Monroe, Garfield and Bart Simpson and adding a pig's snout or ears to each one.