I am in love with Migguel’s new paintings. I love them at face value: each is a luscious and intoxicating bloom. Who can argue with that?
But I love them more for their conceptual intention. Each bloom is a portrait of the women in the artist’s family, spanning from his 3 ½ year-old niece to his 82 year-old grandmother. This is not painting for the sake of recording nature. Rather, this is painting as metaphor, as loving homage, as poetry. The sensitivity that each portrait has been rendered, faint and soft as a memory is palpable and imbedded in every brush stroke.
If you are going to be in Miami from May 8th through the 15th, I highly suggest you check out Anggelo’s work. The folks at Design Miami are hosting the exhibition at The Mosaic Building (161 NE 40th Street) in the Design District, in a cool space on the second floor. Join the ARTWALK on the 8th. It’s fun and free, and the city is lively with art lovers, music, and good cheer. And unlike New York City art openings that are ultimately for the cognoscenti and artists who are dying for their own slice of a gallerist’s attention, in Miami, the whole community comes out to join the fun. That’s the way it should be.