David I. Muir is a photo artist, author, entrepreneur and community leader living in South Florida. His current portfolio includes executive duties at Island Syndicate, a Caribbean-American media, arts and entertainment company bringing exceptional content and unforgettable experiences to a sophisticated, mass market audience.
Muir’s special love for candid, cultural and lifestyle photography inspires his work, and is a signature component of his art collections, many of which have been displayed in exhibitions at home and abroad. His photo art collection, Pieces of Jamaica™, was critically acclaimed and led to national and international exhibition tours. In 2012, works from the exhibition were published as a coffee table book titled Pieces of Jamaica™: The Real Rock Edition. The book features vivid photographs capturing Jamaica’s rustic reality revealing the island’s spirited humanity and the intrinsic beauty found in its people.
Entrepreneurship is like second nature to Muir, who has owned and operated several businesses since the 1980s when he was just a teenager. He is now part of the team that steers Island Syndicate, the Caribbean American lifestyle brand behind multiple nationally and internationally broadcast television series, annual culinary event series The Taste the Islands Experience, and flagship publication Island Origins Magazine. He is also co-founder and President of the Board of Directors at Island SPACE, a nonprofit organization that promotes excellence in arts and culture projects representing the Caribbean in South Florida and the extended diaspora.
Muir is a natural leader who has served his community in various capacities over the years. He has served on multiple local advisory boards, including nonprofits and arts organizations. He is known as a regular contributor to the Fort Lauderdale art scene with the shows he curates, often conducting seminars for aspiring journalists and photographers. He also teaches photography at Broward College and mentors aspiring photographers.
He has been recognized as one of South Florida’s 100 Most Accomplished Caribbean Americans by ICABA, and by the Cities of Sunrise and Lauderhill for his contributions to each, through art. Muir has received multiple award nominations for his work in photography, and been awarded Photo Journalist of the year by BOMA. He has also been awarded for service to the artist community of Little Haiti in Miami. A selected photo artist for the worldwide project “Inside Out,” representing Broward for the County’s 100th Anniversary Celebration, he was also as chosen by the Broward Cultural Division to document the County’s milestone festivities.
Muir, and his book Pieces of Jamaica™ were honored by the Jamaican Government for contribution to Jamaica’s 50th Anniversary of Independence Celebration in 2012.