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Samuel Albert Borkson b. in 1979, Plantation, FL

Arturo Sandoval III b. in 1976, Havana, Cuba

Live and work in Los Angeles, CA

 

FriendsWithYou is the art collaboration of Samuel Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III, created with the intention to bring more joy, kindness, and love to the world. The collaboration is a vehicle for the exploration of emotional healing through culture creation and art making. Each work is created with the intention of transcendence, and nurturing care for the viewer or participant. FriendsWithYou’s meaning is in its name, in that everything in the universe can and wants to be friends with you, an aide in the promotion of love, harmony & peace in our lives.  Our goal is to connect and heal as much as possible through our work, to grow the love and joy in each person, creating an exponential aggregate of sharing, healing, and compassion for each other and our living planet.

 

The duo is most known for their unique pop positive visions taking form in a variety of mediums, pushing culture towards a more empathetic compassionate world. Their work has been materialized as immersive installations, sculptures, paintings, animation and entertainment, live performances, virtual reality, and now deeper into digital and generative art, AR, & AI. They have created the hit animation series True and the Rainbow Kingdom on Netflix, participated in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2018 featuring their iconic Little Cloud character, and have exhibited their artworks in museums and public venues worldwide.

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FriendsWithYou

Samuel Albert Borkson 1979, Plantation, FL

Arturo Sandoval III 1976, Havana, Cuba

Live and work in Los Angeles, CA

 

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2021 Happy World Hong Kong - West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong Kong

September 23rd – October 6th, 2021

Happy World – On a Cloud - Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN

June 11th – May 29th, 2022

Little Cloud & The Dance - Aspen Snowmass, Aspen, CO

December 2020 – current

2020 Little Cloud Bronze – Nanzuka 2G Gallery Japan

October 23rd – November 15th, 2020

The Dance and Recent Works – Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, TX

January 12th – March 15th, 2020

2019 Rainbow City Shreveport (via NEA Grant) – Shreveport, LA

November 2nd – December 8, 2019

In to the Clouds – Brookfield Place, Toronto, Canada

July 24th – September 3rd, 2019

Follow Me – Avalon Hotel, Palm Springs, CA

April 13 – 14, 2019

2018 Rainbow City Roller Rink – Library Street Collective (at 1001 Woodward Avenue) Detroit, MI

November 30th, 2018 – January 27th, 2019

Playworks: Forever & Ever – The Hole ON CANAL, New York, NY

November 17th – December 15th, 2018

Playworks: The Golden Age – Arsham/Fieg Gallery, New York, NY

November 20th, 2018 – January 7th, 2019

Pop World – Complex Con, Long Beach, CA

November 3 – 4, 2018

In to the Clouds – Westfield San Francisco Centre, San Francisco, CA

May 14th – October 21st, 2018

Happy Rainbow – Singapore

May - June 2018

Play Works – Solo booth with The Pit @ ALAC

January 25th – January 28th, 2018

2017 Nature’s Gift: Humans, Friends & The Unknown – Oakland Museum of California

October 7th, 2017 – January 21st, 2018

Little Cloud – The Street, Chestnut Hill, MA

August 1st – May 2018

2016 Super Moon – Seokchon Lake in Seoul, Korea

September 1st – October 3rd, 2016

Light Wave – The Santa Monica Pier, Los Angeles, CA

July 7th – September 8th, 2016

2015 Light Spirit – Art Basel Miami Beach, FL

December 2nd – 6th, 2015

Rainbow City – Central Embassy, Bangkok, Thailand

May 28th – June 25th, 2015

Light Cave – Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, TX

April 8th – 12th, 2015

2014 Light Cave – The Standard, High Line, New York, NY

Commissioned by Art Production Fund & The Standard Hotel

September 8th – October 1st, 2014

Universal Reversal – Marine Projects, Santa Monica, CA

March 22nd - May 31st, 2014

2013 Somewhere Over the Rainbow – Mondrian South Beach, Miami Beach, FL

December 5th, 2013 – January 7th, 2014

Psychic Stones – Paul Kasmin’s PK Shop, New York, NY

October 24th - November 9th, 2013

Inner Vision in Between – MCLEMOI Gallery, Sydney, Australia

February 16th - April 11th, 2013

2012 Happy Rainbow – Tuen Mun Town Plaza, Hong Kong, China

July 22nd - September 2nd, 2012

2011 Inner Space, The Secrets of the Unknown – The Hole Annex in Miami, FL

December 1st, 2011 - January 28th, 2012

Sweet Dreams – de la Cruz Collection- Wynwood, FL

October 21st - October 23rd, 2011

In The Beginning – Colette, Paris, France

August 29th - September 24th, 2011

:) – The Hole Gallery, New York, NY

June 10th - August 6th, 2011

Rainbow City – The High Line Park, New York, NY

June 8th - July 5th, 2011

2010 Rainbow City – Art Basel Miami Beach, FL

December 3rd - December 5th, 2010

Building Blocks - Art Basel Miami Beach, FL

December 2nd, 2010 - January 8th, 2011

Rainbow City – Luminato Festival of Art & Creativity, Toronto, Canada

June 15th - June 20th, 2010

Day Dreamers – Narwhal Art Projects, Toronto, Canada

June 10th - July 14th, 2010

2009 Pictopia Fun House - Haus der Kulturen der Welt Museum, Berlin, Germany

March 19th - May 3rd, 2009

2008 Fun House – Scope Art Fair, Art Basel Miami Beach, FL

December 3rd - December 7th, 2008

Dream Maker - Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN

May 2nd - November 3rd, 2008

2007 Wish Come True - Soovac, Minneapolis, MN

September 28th - October 27th, 2007

We Are Friends - Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN

September 16th, 2007

2006 Rainbow Valley Permanent Playground – Turnberry for the Arts, Aventura, FL

December 21st, 2006 – Current

Skywalkers - Art Basel Miami Beach, FL

December 7th, 2006

Birds Of Pray - Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

February 4th - March 4th, 2006

Power Pond – Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL

January 28th, 2006 - January 20th, 2008

2005 Cloud City – Museum of Contemporary Art @ The Goldman Warehouse, North Miami, FL

December 1st, 2005 - January 29th, 2006

2004 Get Lucky - Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

November 20th, 2004 - January 15th, 2005

Get Lucky - The Box Space, Miami, FL

August 28th - September 25th, 2004

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2021 Pt. 2: Invasive Species – Anat Ebgi Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, March 23rd – May 22nd, 2021

2019 Happy! - NSU Art Museum, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, October 27th, 2019 – July 5th, 2020

Blow Up II - Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA, July 14th – September 15th, 2019

Something in the Water – Virginia Beach, VA, April 26th – 28th, 2019

J. Balvin stage visuals - Coachella main stage, Indio, CA, April 12th – 14th & Apr. 19th – 21st, 2019

2018 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade featuring Little Cloud – New York, NY, November 22nd, 2018

Flashpoint: An Intersection of History, Perseverance, and Joy – Chaos Theory, Curated by Joyce Varvatos with Alexandra Hayden, Sag Harbor, NY, July 28th – September 2nd, 2018

Peanuts Global Artist Collective - Hudson Square neighborhood, NYC, April 16th – May 16th, 2018

Clay Today – The Hole, New York, NY, April 10th – May 6th, 2018

2016 Light Cave – Artprize, Grand Rapids, MI, September 21st – 28th, 2016

Light Spirit – Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Toronto, Canada, June 24th – 26th, 2016

Art Los Angeles Contemporary w/ The Hole NYC - Los Angeles, CA, January 28th – 31st, 2016

2015 Nuit Blanche featuring Light Cave – City of Toronto, Canada, October 3rd – 4th, 2015

She Sells Seashells by the Seashore – Eric Firestone Gallery, East Hampton, NY, July 11th – August 2nd, 2015

Animotion featuring “Light Cave” - Albright-Knox Art Gallery, June 19, 2015

2014 Gilded Holiday – Paul Kasmin’s PK Shop, New York, NY, November 5 – December 23rd, 2014

This is Not a Toy – DX Canada’s Design Museum, Toronto, Canada, February 7th – May 19th, 2014

2013 Cast of Characters – 709 Gallery of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh, PA, April 5th – May 17th, 2013

2012 Cast of Characters – Clarion University Art Gallery, Clarion, PA, November 6th - March 25th, 2012

Flux Screening Series – The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA, August 7th, 2012

Flights from Wonder – Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA, February 26th - April 22nd, 2012

2011 Pictoplasma: Post Digital Monsters – La Gaite Lyrique, Paris, France, December 7th - December 31st, 2011

NADA Art Fair – Miami, Fl, December 1st - December 4th, 2011

Rainbow Friends – Coletivo Amor de Madre, Sao Paulo, Brazil, August 29th - September 2nd, 2011

NADA Art Fair – New York, NY, July 30th - July 31st, 2011

The South Florida Cultural Consortium – The Frost Art Museum, Miami, FL, May 25th - August 21st, 2011

Party Animals – Royal/T Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, July 9th - September 24th, 2011

FACEMAKER – Royal/T Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, April 14th - May 31st, 2011

Dadarhea – Canada Gallery, New York, NY, February 25th - March 27th, 2011

2010 It Ain’t Fair – OHWOW Gallery, Miami, FL, December 2nd - December 5th, 2010

Dadarhea - OHWOW Gallery, Miami, FL, August 13th - August 27th, 2010

Re:Form School presented by REDU - New York, NY, October 9th - October 11th, 2010

Manifest Equality – Los Angeles, CA, March 3rd - March 7th

2009 Thing: Beware the Material World – Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, Australia , April 18th - July 5th, 2009

2008 Hexagone – Miami Art Space, Miami, FL, May 10th - May 31st, 2008

2007 Art Parade– Deitch Projects, New York, NY, September 8th, 2007

Guild – Emmanuel Galerie Perrotin, Miami, FL, May 12th - July 21st, 2007

2006 The Official FriendsWithYou Bootleg Show – Helium Cowboy, Hamburg, Germany, September 23rd - October 20th, 2006

Pictoplasma 2 - Berlin, Germany, October 11th - October 14th, 2006

Demons to Diamonds - Locusts Projects, Miami, FL, March 18th - April 22nd, 2006

2005 Hanging By a Thread - The Moore Space, Miami, FL, September 8th - October 22nd, 2005

Everywhere Show - Mendenhall Sobeiski Gallery, Pasadena, CA, July 23rd - August 16th, 2005

Project FOX - Copenhagen, Denmark, April 2nd - April 22nd, 2005

Optic Nerve - Official selection – Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL, August 5th, 2005

MOVE Conference: Stories in Motion - New York, NY, April 29th - April 30th, 2005

2004 Pictoplasma - Berlin, Germany, October 11th - October 14th, 2004

Characters at War - Zentralbuero, Berlin, Germany, October 1st - November 6th, 2004

Aqui Uzumaki - HPGRP Hanna, Ginza Tokyo, Japan, May 23rd - August 31st, 2004

Pictoplasma - Future is Now Gallery, NY, NY, October 28th - October 30th, 2004

See This and Die - The Creek, Miami, F, August 2003

 

AWARDS & GRANTS

2018 NEA Grant to bring Rainbow City to Shreveport, Louisiana in 2019

2010 South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship for Visual and Media Artists

 

COLLECTIONS

Museum of Contemporary Art - Miami, FL

Tony Goldman Family Collection – Miami, FL

Montblanc International – Hamburg, Germany

Aventura Mall - Miami, FL

Soho Beach House – Miami Beach, FL

NSU Art Museum – Ft. Laud

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