With the increasing number of tuned-up and special edition Fiat 500s being released recently, it didn’t really come as a surprise to us that Fiat was going to do something unique with the 500 to introduce itself to the US market.

And wouldn’t you know it, they actually did.

The setting was the four-day Exhibitalia event in Miami where Fiat was on hand to participate in its first American art exhibit. During the four-day event, the Italian automaker displayed an array of vintage and new Fiat 500 models, showcasing the model’s iconic Italian design.

Fiat’s involvement at the Exhibitalia event at the Art Basel in Miami also included the participation of a number of renowned artists and two student teams from the University of Miami, all of whom worked on the car as their “inspiration and canvas” in the creation of their artworks. While others opted to create designs using certain body panels of the little hatchback, one such artist – Christian Balzano – decided to use the whole car and turn it into his own personal Fiat 500 Art car.

As far as US debuts are concerned, you have to hand it to Fiat for doing its part to ensure splashy debut for their popular 500 hatchback.

Short Press Release after the jump.

Press Release

December 3, 2010 , Miami - The new Fiat 500 serves as inspiration for artists participating in Exhibitalia, a four day live exhibition that features a selection of Italian art, design, fashion and culture and that takes place at the Art Basel in Miami. Renowned artists, as well as two student art teams from the University of Miami, use the new Fiat 500 as both inspiration and canvas.

Source: Fiat

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  (387) posted on 03.10.2011

Fiat needs to go back to US and save the Chrysler! Fiat probably has the advanced technology and I think they need to use that to take an advantage, or else someone else will catch up!

  (449) posted on 01.26.2011

Government gives tax payer money for these crack heads to paint a car that looks like a 3 year old painted it !

  (528) posted on 01.26.2011

The lovable, toy-like lines of a recently launched US-spec Fiat 500 contingency serve as the good impulse for painters and wall scrawl artists.

  (647) posted on 12.27.2010

BMW have always done some amazing paint jobs on their race cars like the 1970’s CSL and 2002 Turbo. Try this site - bmwdrives.com - and search BMW Artwork, some are better than others.

  (807) posted on 12.27.2010

FIAT keeps imitating MINI. First the offset roof coloring of the 500 and now 500 art cars. Next FIAT is going to "challenge" Ferrari to an autoX event at Monza.

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