Naiyara to Host Artist Herbert Galarza

Notorious Street Artist to Exhibit and Conduct Live Painting Show During Art Basel Miami Beach

Art aficionados and scene-makers should add another must-visit destination to their Art Basel to-do list: NaiYaRa restaurant and bar on Miami Beach. In celebration of Miami Art Week/Art Basel Miami Beach, NaiYaRa will host widely known South American street artist Herbert Galarza. Infamous for his “Graffiti-pop” style, Galarza fuses historic pop imagery and contemporary cultural iconography to create highly individualized messages about society and culture.

During dinner service on Friday, December 8 the restaurant will double as a gallery, exhibiting a number of Galarza’s work. From 8:30 PM to 11:30 PM, the artist will be onsite painting live. In full view of the dining room and NaiYaRa’s bustling bar, what better way to take in just a fraction of the amazing art that takes over the 305 every December. Co-sponsored by Macallan scotch, the event will also feature a pop-up shop featuring not just works by the artist, for sale, but also custom-painted bottles of Macallan; timeless, one-of-a-kind remembrances from Basel 2018. Diners and imbibers will also be able to order exclusive, one-night-only Macallan pours.

“I’m so excited to have Herbert here,” says NaiYaRa’s chef/owner Piyarat Potha Arreeratn (more affectionately known as Chef Bee). “Art Week is an amazing time in Miami and it’s wonderful to have some of that at the restaurant and accessible to all.”

The Bolivian born Herbert Galarza journeyed to South Florida as a young boy. He attended high school in Texas and traveled back to South Florida to pursue his art career. At that time, Miami’s Wynwood Arts District had yet to gain international status. His love for music, art and all things Miami converged when Galarza created a piece of art depicting South Beach nightlife mogul David Grutman and iconic DJ Cedric Gervais fighting with Lightsabers, titled The Never-Ending Battle. As any millennial would do, Galarza posted a photo of his newest work on his personal Instagram and tagged Grutman in the post. Little did he know that this would launch his career as a muralist. As social media took over, Galarza gained several commissioned jobs for more paintings and murals and after a successful run with some of Miami’s foremost nightlife and music industry hotshots, Galarza was commissioned for murals promoting worldwide events such as Ultra Music Festival, even creating an album cover for Paris Hilton. All this has led to a ravenous social media following, glowing press acclaim, and artistic notoriety.

In 2015 NaiYaRa opened in Miami Beach’s buzzy Sunset Harbour neighborhood, where Chef Bee has wowed diners and critics with a menu that elegantly unifies classic Thai cookery with modern technique and just a dash of South Beach chic. This November, Bee unveiled an array of new menu items including the very Miami appetizers Tuna Tostones with hot sesame oil, mayonnaise, truffle eel sauce, and guacamole; Tiradito of raw grouper with chili, garlic, lemon, and cilantro. New entrées include highly authentic Thai plates such as the Laad Nah, consisting of crispy chow fun noodles with white pepper chicken, soybean gravy, bok choi, and jalapeño vinegar and a classic Panang Curry with slow-roasted lamb shank, green beans, peanuts, and jasmine rice. Named in loving tribute to his daughter Naiya, NaiYaRa remains one of the most sought-after reservations in town thanks to its vibrant atmosphere and Chef Bee’s modern approach to traditional Thai street food.

NaiYaRa is located at 1854 Bay Road in Miami Beach.

The restaurant serves dinner nightly from 5 PM-11 PM. 

Reservations are suggested, especially during Miami Art Week.

Zulma Torres

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