Samuel Albert Borkson b. 1979, Plantation, FL

Arturo Sandoval III b. 1976, Havana, Cuba


Established in 2002 by Miami-based artists Samuel Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III, FriendsWithYou set forth on a mission to spread the idea of Magic, Luck, and Friendship™ around the world, and become Friends-With-You! Designed as a resource center for all things creative, FriendsWithYou is a unique think-tank that has the ability to seamlessly incorporate their distinct artistic style and one-of-a-kind ideas into a wide range of mediums and applications. FriendsWithYou’s work spans all creative realms from fine art to large-scale experiential installations and interactive events to public playgrounds, directorial work, live performances, animation and multimedia projects, branding and licensing.


Throughout the last eight years, FriendsWithYou has gained international recognition as pioneers in the field of experiential art. FriendsWithYou experiential installations are fully immersive experiences that draw audiences into a magical world where the line between imagination and reality is blurred. From Pictoplasma in Berlin to Art Basel Miami, FriendsWithYou has been invited to participate in some of the most respected art happenings around the world. FriendsWithYou Fine Art has been exhibited and/or included in the permanent collections of Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami (MOCANoMi) and Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Miami, FL, the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA), Indianapolis, IN, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA, and Haus der Kulturen der Welt Museum Berlin, Germany, among others.


Selected Solo Exhibitions, Comissions, And Major Projects


Play Works, The Pit, ALAC, Los Angeles, CA


Nature’s Gift: Humans, Friends & The Unknown, Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA

Little Cloud, The Street, Chestnut Hill, MA


Super Moon, Seokchon Lake, Seoul, Korea

Light Wave, Santa Monica Pier, Los Angeles, CA

Light Cave, Ah-Nab-Awen Park, Grand Rapids, MI


Light Spirit, Art Basel, Miami Beach, FL

Rainbow City, Central Embassy, Bangkok, Thailand

Light Cave, Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, TX


Light Cave, The Standard, High Line, New York, NY

Universal Reversal, Marine Projects, Santa Monica, CA


Inner Vision, The McLemoi Gallery, Sydney, Australia


Happy Rainbow, Tuen Mun Town Plaza, Hong Kong, China


FriendsWithYou, The Hole, New York, NY

Inner Space, The Secrets of the Unknown, The Hole Annex, Miami, FL

Sweet Dreams, de la Cruz Collection, Wynwood, FL

In The Beginning, Colette, Paris, France

:), The Hole, New York, NY

Rainbow City, The High Line Park, New York, NY


Rainbow City, Art Basel, Miami Beach, FL

Building Blocks, Art Basel, Miami Beach, FL

Rainbow City, Luminato Festival of Art & Creativity, Toronto, Canada

Day Dreamers, Narwhal Art Projects, Toronto, Canada


Pictopia Fun House, Haus der Kulturen der Welt Museum, Berlin, Germany

Get Luckies, Kidrobot, Miami Beach, FL


Fun House, Scope Art Fair, Art Basel Miami, FL

Fun House, 944 Magazine Anniversary, Las Vegas, NV

Dream Maker, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN


Wish Come True, Soovac, Minneapolis, MN

We Are Friends, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN


Rainbow Valley Permanent Playground, Turnberry for the Arts, Aventura Mall, Aventura, FL

Skywalkers, Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami, FL

Garden of Friendship, Diesel Denim Gallery, New York, NY

Birds Of Pray, Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Power Pond, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL


Cloud City, Museum of Contemporary Art @ The Goldman Warehouse, North Miami, FL

Good Wood Gang, Giant Robot, New York, NY

Good Wood Gang, Kidrobot, Los Angeles, CA


Get Lucky, Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Get Lucky, The Box Space, Miami, FL


Group Exhibitions


Playworks: The Golden Age, Arsham/Feig Gallery, New York, NY

Works on Paper, The Pit, Los Angeles, CA


ALAC, The Hole, Los Angeles, CA

Holiday Pop-Up , Johannes Vogt Gallery , New York , NY

Chaos Theory Flash Point Joyce Varvatos , Sag Harbor


Light Cave, Artprize, Grand Rapids, MI

Light Spirit, Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Toronto, Canada

Art Los Angeles Contemporary, The Hole, Los Angeles, CA


Nuit Blanche featuring Light Cave, Toronto, Canada

She Sells Seashells by the Seashore, Eric Firestone Gallery, East Hampton, NY

Animotion featuring “Light Cave,” Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY


Gilded Holiday, Paul Kasmin’s PK Shop, New York, NY

This is Not a Toy, DX Canada’s Design Museum, Toronto, Canada


Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Mondrian South Beach, Miami Beach, FL

Psychic Stones, Paul Kasmin’s PK Shop, New York, NY

Inner Vision in Between, MCLEMOI Gallery, Sydney, Australia

Cast of Characters, 709 Gallery of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh, PA


Flights from Wonder, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA

Happy Rainbow, Tuen Mun Town Plaza, Hong Kong

Cast of Characters, Clarion University Art Gallery, Clarion, PA

Flux Screening Series, The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Flights from Wonder, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA


Pictoplasma: Post Digital Monsters, La Gaite Lyrique, Paris, France

NADA Art Fair, Miami, FL

Rainbow Friends, Coletivo Amor de Madre, Sao Paulo, Brazil

The South Florida Cultural Consortium, The Frost Art Museum, Miami, FL

Party Animals, Royal/T Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

FACEMAKER, Royal/T Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Dadarhea, Canada Gallery, New York, NY

NADA Art Fair, New York, NY


It Ain’t Fair, OHWOW Gallery, Miami, FL

Dadarhea, OHWOW Gallery, Miami, FL

Re:Form School presented by REDU, New York, NY

Manifest Equality, Los Angeles, CA


Three Apples: Hello Kitty 35th Anniversary, Royal/T Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Thing: Beware the Material World, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, Australia


Hexagone, Miami Art Space, Miami, FL


TMDG Design conference, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Art Parade, Deitch Projects, New York, NY

Guild, Emmanuel Galerie Perrotin, Miami, FL


The Official FriendsWithYou Bootleg Show, Helium Cowboy, Hamburg, Germany

Pictoplasma 2, Berlin, Germany

Demons to Diamonds, Locusts Projects, Miami, FL

MTV Underground Toys, The Showroom NYC, NY


Hanging By a Thread, The Moore Space, Miami, FL

Everywhere Show, Mendenhall Sobeiski Gallery, Pasadena, CA

Project FOX, Copenhagen, Denmark

Optic Nerve, Official selection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL

MOVE Conference: Stories in Motion, New York, NY

Plushtastrophe, Black Market, Los Angeles, CA

Hide and Seek with Hello Kitty, Hong Kong, China


Neighborhood, Studio Berlin, Germany

Pictoplasma, Berlin, Germany

Characters at War, Zentralbuero, Berlin, Germany

Aqui Uzumaki, HPGRP Hanna, Ginza Tokyo, Japan

Characters by Design, Gray Matters Gallery, Dallas, Texas

Plushtastrophe, Magic Pony, Toronto, Ontario

Plushtastrophe, Double Punch Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Plushtastrophe, Basil Hallward Gallery, Portland, Oregon

Pictoplasma, Future is Now Gallery, New York, NY

Subcultures Toy Show, Mark K. Wheeler Gallery Ft. Lauderdale, FL


Appetite for Mutilation, FWY and Dave Choe Exhibition, 111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CA

SHIFT MOV Animation Festival, Tokyo, Japan

Mr. Wizard the Legend of Speed, Los Angeles, CA / New York, NY

Little Cakes Book Show, HPGRP Hanna, Ginza Tokyo, Japan

Russian Doll Show, The Wurst Gallery, Portland, OR

Stick em’ up, OBJEX Art Space, Miami, FL

See This and Die, The Creek, Miami, FL


Awards & Recognition


South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship for Visual and Media Artists



Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL

Tony Goldman Family Collection, Miami, FL

Montblanc International, Hamburg, Germany

Emmanuel Perrotin, Miami, FL