DISCOVERY Art is the creative component of SeaKeepers programming. The works created allow the general public to personally experience and value the oceans, regardless of their proximity to the coast. DISCOVERY Art encourages public awareness of ocean research through the eyes of the artists who are inspired by the ocean. The DISCOVERY Art Program includes the SeaKeepers Featured Artist of the Year and Drifter Art.


SeaKeepers selects a Featured Artist of the Year whose work is influenced by marine life, science or ocean conservation. The Featured Artist of the Year creates custom-made awards for SeaKeepers recognition events, such as Bal de la Mer and Founders’ Dinner. A drifter designed by the artist is also displayed at an event to raise awareness of SeaKeepers Drifters. The artist is invited to attend SeaKeepers signature events to build relationships with SeaKeepers and promote their work.

2018 Artist of the Year – Gustavo Oviedo

French diver, researcher, and multidisciplinary artist, Gustavo Oviedo has worked in Miami for the past 20 years. Oviedo was born in Paris, France and raised between Colombia, Venezuela, Mexico and finally Miami. He has a Master’s Degree in Visual Effects and Animation. He works in various mediums including video, photography, collage, sculpture and mural. Oviedo’s work has been exhibited at the Art Center / South Florida, Young at Art Museum, Art and Culture center of Hollywood, Boca Museum of Art, among others.

In his Nothing Goes to Waste exhibition, Oviedo creates recycled art by utilizing canvases, photography, vinyl, drawings, video and found objects. Oviedo reclaims his own artworks or remnants of them to create new pieces. He also has an interest in boating and uses his vessel for dive trips to recover discarded items in South Florida waters.

In 2017, Oviedo produced and directed a nautical documentary called “Boatski Tours” which explores South Florida waterways. The film was screened at the Biscayne Nature Center.

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Drifter Art is a strand of the DISCOVERY Art program. SeaKeepers Drifter shells are painted and embellished by local artists and the SeaKeepers Featured Artist of the Year.  Drifter Art encourages public awareness of ocean research. SeaKeepers 2014 Moon Over Miami featured artistic designs on multiple drifter pieces to raise awareness about the SeaKeepers Drifter instrument. Drifter Art is never deployed. Pieces can purchased by private individuals. Drifter Art is displayed at various SeaKeepers events, boat shows, marinas, yacht management and charter offices.


SeaKeepers Drifters that are created by artists are displayed throughout local boat shows. Look out for our next scavenge hunt at the Miami International Boat Show!

Visit SeaKeepers Drifter Art on permanent display at our partner locations.