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The duo behind the Coconut Grove Arts Festival poster are partners in art and life

A man and woman pose in front of large piece of artwork
Courtesy of the Grushovenkos
Signe and Genna Grushovenko were comissioned to create the poster for the 2024 Coconut Grove Arts Festival.

It didn’t take long for Signe and Genna Grushovenko to realize they were ready to unite their lives — and their art.

The couple had known each other for a month before they decided to get married. Soon after, they were creating paintings together. It defined their relationship and their artistic careers.

Together, they received an iconic commission. Signe and Genna painted this year’s Coconut Grove Arts Festival poster. To be asked to paint the poster is an honor with prints becoming instant classics for South Floridians — and collectors.

Their work is a true collaboration. Genna paints abstract art on a canvas. Signee paints portraits of vintage photos over the top. The result is modern pop art that’s also nostalgic.

Being asked to do the poster is a kind of homecoming for the couple. The Grove Arts Festival was one of the first places where they showed their combined art nearly 20 years ago.

The festival kicks off Feb. 17.

On the Feb. 1 episode of Sundial, the Grushovenkos joined us from their home in South Carolina to talk about their artistic lives before they met and how they create together.

On Sundial's previous episode, the artist and activist Chire Regans, who is a new artist-in-residence at Oolite Arts, told us how her art is also an act of social justice.

Listen to Sundial Monday through Thursday on WLRN, 91.3 FM, live at 1 p.m., rebroadcast at 8 p.m. Missed a show? Find every episode of Sundial on your favorite podcast app, such as Apple PodcastsStitcherand Spotify.

Carlos Frías is a bilingual writer, a journalist of more than 25 years and the author of an award-winning memoir published by Simon & Schuster.
Leslie Ovalle Atkinson is the former lead producer behind Sundial. As a multimedia producer, she also worked on visual and digital storytelling.
Elisa Baena is a former associate producer for Sundial.