Artsemble Underground & How We Started
was created by Cesar Aguilera and Brian Weaver in an effort to bring art to everyone: art for the people. Artsemble was also created to help local businesses attract traffic with murals, sculptures, or art events. Brian and Cesar have collaborated with different artists and organizations since 2014. In 2016 they formally created Artsemble Underground LLC. Together, they wanted to forge an all-immersive multimedia assembly and experience of art and life, where concepts could be replicated anywhere, without the need of an art institution or gallery that often hinder the creative process and final output. Additionally, Artsemble’s gives up and coming artists a platform to take them to the next level in their creative paths, with the idea that artists united can reach higher levels without the need of an art institution , to use art as an instrument of social change instead of a commodity.
Cesar Aguilera, originally from Quito, Ecuador, has been a well known staple in the SWFL art scene. In 2015 he received the Gulfshore Life Emerging Arts Leader award. He is the art curator of the Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center’s Grand Atrium and Capital Gallery. Cesar is also the creator of Paionia in 2011, a wearable art brand focused on using discarded materials, mostly computer parts and discarded technology in an effort to create a sustainable consciousness in what we wear.
Brian Weaver attended the School of Communication Arts in North Carolina, graduating with a degree in Graphic Design and Computer Animation. He moved to Cape Coral in 2013 and produced the monthly art festival All Walks of Art at Dolphin Key Resort in the same year. In 2014, the Fort Myers’ River District Alliance commissioned him to develop Mystery Walk for 6 months. Brian also spearheaded “The Epicenter”, an empty warehouse transformed into an artist hub, where artists would get together to work and get inspired.