Sam Loetscher

Samuel Loetscher is a Columnist at Grit Daily. Based in Miami, he currently works in e-commerce and writes about Latin America and South Florida.

Art Basel Picks Up Extra Star Power This Year with Gareb Shamus

Gareb Shamus has created many worlds for himself over the years. Now delighted to have paint in hand and a load of fans casually posing for long-shot selfies nearby— Shamus drew on a very different canvas earlier in his life. Growing up in suburban New York with three brothers, his first world was the world of comic books, toys, and Superheroes. The collection of the three boys grew so large that their mother decided to open up a store where they could sell some of their comic books...

Digital Jeff (Castillo) Just Might Be Instagram’s Favorite Photographer

Leaders Create Leaders and Legends Train are just two of the media machines associated with prolific content creator “Digital Jeff” Jeff Castillo. He boasts an impressive resume that features work with some of the biggest names in entrepreneurship such as Gary Vaynerchuk, Suzy Batiz,and long-time collaborator Gerard Adams.  Jeff developed a passion for photography early on in his life in his hometown of Laredo, Texas where he would make the 90s version of viral videos with his VHS camera. “The...

Timo Weiland Knows What to Wear at ArtBasel This Year

The concept of a day-to-night look is not one that you hear much of in menswear. Designer Timo Weiland set out to change that with the return of his eponymous line at New York Fashion Week last June. The legendary trio behind previous Timo Weiland collections — Donna Kang, Timo Weiland, and Alan Eckstein — presented casual suiting with a modern color palette to address a consumer with a taste that is moving beyond the ethos of street wear, a theme that has dominated the landscape...

Marcel Katz is Plugged into the Global Art Scene

If you ever find yourself in the market for an exquisite work of art from a juggernaut like Liechtenstein, Hirst, Haring, or Warhol, Marcel Katz has the hookup. The Miami native has made a name for himself as an art dealer and agent in just a few years. At 30, Katz is the world’s youngest Salvador Dali dealer with access to artists from over 70 world renowned artists. Also known as The Art Plug, Katz’s arsenal spans from artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and George Condo to newly emerging...

How Piecing Together 500 Years of Family History Intro’d Jônatas Chimen Dias DaSilva-Benayon to Himself

A tent is by definition a transient’s abode — a refuge. In his masterwork, “In Thy Tent I Dwell,” Jônatas Chimen Dias DaSilva-Benayon constructs a tent out of hundreds of years worth of family artifacts — literally piecing together his own history. Jônatas grew up in Brazil where he did not know much about his familial background. Only after immigrating to the United States was it revealed to him by his parents that on both sides of his family he is descended from a long line...

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