5 South Florida Art Legends to Follow- Romero Britto, Colin & Sas Christian, Rey Rey Rodriguez, OliGa
Romero Britto – Artist / Painter / Sculptor
Romero Britto was born in Jaboatão dos Guararapes, Brazil. He is a self-taught artist that credits a trip to Paris in 1983 to his interest in Modern masters like Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. Britto moved to Miami in 1988, where he emerged as an international artist, painter, serigrapher, and sculptor finding success through work with brand campaigns for Absolut Vodka, Disney, Barbie, Hublot, and much more. He has recreated famous paintings such as the Mona Lisa and The Starry Night, and has painted portraits of many celebrities, politicians, and public figures such as Sir Elton John and Luciano Pavarotti. This South Florida legend lives and works in Miami, FL where he owns the Britto Central Gallery.
Official website: Britto.com
Colin Christian – Sculptor / Artist
Colin Christian was born in London, England. He was a rebel child that enjoyed the arts more than academics. As a young adult, he met and married pop surrealist painter Sas Christian, and together they moved to South Florida in the early 90’s. Colin started making rubber couture clothing before switching to sculptures. He spent years researching movie makeup materials, and discovered how to use them to create larger than life fiberglass figures, which gained him notoriety, and eventually made him a South Florida legend. Colin has created sculptures for Kanye West, Miley Cyrus, Sanrio, Frances Cobain, The Black-Eyed Peas, and more. Christian’s work is in the permanent collection of the MoMA in Vienna, Austria.
Sas Christian – Pop Surrealist Painter
Sas Christian was born in London, England. The student of graphic design moved to South Florida, bought a book called “How to Paint with Oils,” and with no formal fine art training whatsoever managed to become a South Florida art legend. As a young adult, she met and married sculptor & artist Colin Christian (mentioned above). Her style displays and captures artwork of dark anime-like characters that seem ballsy, flirty, weepy, punk, catholic, no-nonsense, damaged but not broken, funny, intelligent, unusual, independent, and oddball outsiders. Her paintings can be found everywhere in South Florida and worldwide.
Official website: SasChristian.com
Rey Rey Rodriguez – Visual Artist / Photographer
Rey Rey Rodriguez was born in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico. At an early age he moved to South Florida and taught himself photography, graphic design, filmmaking, and poetry. His passion for horror films drove him to create dark photography, and his love for combat sports inspired him to photograph fighters. During the early stages of social media, his fine-art photography exploded online, opening doors and gaining him access to private events, gatherings, and elite clients locally, making him an underground South Florida legend. Rey Rey has photographed many renowned figures such as Elvis Crespo, Daryl Davis, and Damien Rider, athletes such as Dustin Poirier, Colby Covington, and Gordon Ryan, and has helped grow the brands of artists, politicians, major companies, and more worldwide.
Official website: TheMindOfReyRey.com
Oliver A. Ganthier “OliGa” – Digital Pop Artist
OliGa was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. His figurative work includes portraits, afro-pop characters inspired by his Haitian culture, tropical and urban life. His digital paintings, “Soup Joumou (The Golden Soup)” and “Pozidreamer” have gained lots of attention within the massive Haitian community, quickly making him a South Florida legend. OliGa has collaborated with various companies including Lyft,Macmillan, and Unilever (Culture Republic), and has painted an Art car with Mazda for Auto Expo Haiti. His artwork can be found displayed everywhere today.
Umar Nisar was born and raised in the busy city of Abbottabad. As a journalist, Umar Nisar has contributed to many online publications including PAK Today and the Huffing Post. In regards to academics, Umar Nisar earned a degree in business from the Abbottabad UST, Havelian. Umar Nisar follows the money and covers all aspects of emerging tech here at The Hear Up.
When Can You Sue For Getting Cancer?
Being diagnosed with cancer can be devastating and affect anyone at any age. Several factors, such as genetics and lifestyle, can cause it. However, cancer can also be caused by the negligence of others. In such an instance, you can sue the people responsible for causing your cancer and claim compensation for the diagnosis and any associated damages.
Determining when and who to sue for getting cancer can be a complex process. So, it’s a wise idea to hire a lawyer to get you through the process and get the compensation you deserve. The attorney can advise you on when, how, and whom to sue for getting cancer.
With that said, here’s when you can sue for getting cancer:
- Product Liability
You can sue for getting cancer from a defective product. For example, in one hair product cancer lawsuit, a claim was made that a hair straightening product was causing uterine cancer in women. The defects in the hair product increase the risk of developing uterine cancer for whoever uses it. If you think you’re in a similar situation, you can sue the manufacturers if a certain product increases your risk of developing cancer.
However, proving your case and claiming compensation can be challenging. In such a case, you must prove the defective product caused your cancer to sue the manufacturer or retailer. You’ll have to request tests on the products to prove the defect and the relationship to cancer development. The product defect has to have caused your cancer diagnosis directly. One example is when the product has excessive amounts of lead. You’ll need to hire experts or resort to government authorities to investigate the product to prove this. This way, you have a piece of solid evidence to sue the product manufacturer.
- Medical Negligence
Medical negligence is one of the most common reasons to sue for getting cancer. You could sue for medical malpractice if the doctors, healthcare facility, hospital, or other medical professionals failed to offer the standard of care causing your cancer diagnosis. For example, if the doctor failed to order necessary tests or misdiagnosed your case resulting in cancer progression, you can sue for medical negligence.
To successfully sue for medical negligence, you must prove that the medical practitioner’s actions directly caused your cancer diagnosis. You must also show that you suffered damage because of the negligent actions of the medical practitioner. By doing so, you can claim compensation for treatment of progressing cancer, lost wages if you cannot work, and pain and suffering.
- Environmental Factors
Exposure to environmental pollutants and toxins is a common risk factor for cancer. Prolonged exposure to asbestos at the workplace, radiation, and other chemicals can increase cancer risk. If you can prove your cancer was caused by exposure to a certain environmental toxin like asbestos, consider suing the company or entity responsible for the pollutants.
Suppose a company’s activities produce excessive radiation that affects the population in a specific area and results in cancer. In that case, you can sue that company for exposing you to toxins that caused the development of your cancer.
Like the previous points, you must prove your cancer was directly caused by a specific substance you were exposed to. You’ll also have to show that the exposure was from the negligence of the company or entity you’re suing. Another aspect you must consider is the entity’s knowledge of the potential risks of exposing people to the toxin or substance. Since you’ll also claim that the company or entity was negligent, expose their bad practices that contributed to the development of your cancer.
Additionally, working in a hazardous environment may expose you to substances or toxins that can increase your cancer risk. For instance, if you’re a construction worker with constant exposure to asbestos, you’ll be at risk of developing cancer. Working as a firefighter can also expose you to asbestos and other carcinogenic substances that cause cancer.
You can sue your employer for getting cancer while working in a hazardous environment. To be successful, you must prove the cancer was caused directly by exposure to a specific chemical or substance at the workplace or in the line of duty. For example, getting cancer from asbestos exposure at a construction site.
In such a suit, you’ll claim compensation for the medical expenses covering the diagnosis and treatment, lost wages, damages for the pain and suffering caused to you and your family, and other associated costs.
Conclusion Getting a cancer diagnosis because of someone else’s negligence can be traumatizing and devastating. However, you can get a little relief through compensation for the medical expenses and other related damages, such as pain and suffering. The process of suing for getting cancer can be complicated, and it’d be best to hire an experienced lawyer to handle the litigation process. An attorney can also advise on the available legal options available and the compensation to seek.
Khalil ur Rehman is a proud born and raised in Abbottabad. Khalil has worked as a journalist for nearly a decade having contributed to several large publications including the Yahoo News and The Verge. As a journalist for The Hear Up, Khalil covers climate and science news. [email protected]