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FriendsWithYou

FriendsWithYou founders

Art collective responsible for True and the Rainbow Kingdom art development

FriendsWithYou (FWY) is an art collaborative based in Los Angeles, California, founded in Miami, Florida, by Samuel Borkson (b.1979, Plantation, Florida) and Arturo Sandoval III (b. 1976, Havana, Cuba) in 2002, which seeks to redesign spirituality, rituals, and religious acts for modern day usage and connectivity. FriendsWithYou’s mission coincides with their motto "Magic, Luck, and Friendship." The collaborative began by creating soft sculptures as a means to spread more accessible art like plush and wood toys, as well as immersive art installations, fine art works including sculpture and painting, and are best known for their public art spectacles such as large-scale art installations, playgrounds, and performance pieces. They have described the creation of their art as a healing process intended to increase relatability and connection to each other and the world around them. To date, they have become internationally recognized with public exhibits and artworks in Europe, Asia, Australia, and The Americas. FriendsWithYou Fine Art has been exhibited and/or included in the permanent collections of Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA), Haus der Kulturen der Welt Museum Berlin, and Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin among others. In October 2006, the German art press Die Gestalten Verlag published a FriendsWithYou monograph titled Friends With You Have Powers!

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