Miguel Paredes

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Artist Statement

"My art imitates my life. My children are a big source of inspiration, as well as my urban roots and childhood in New York. Los Niños is a great example of this. At first I was painting my children because they’re my kids and just putting them in urban situations. But now, while I’ve maintained the same style and characters, you can see my various collections combined into one dreamy story line that’s almost fairytale-like." - Miguel Paredes


About the Artist

Miguel was born in New York in 1966. He is an artist and urban realist who combines the exhilarating sense of New York graffiti art with the skill and perceptiveness of a truly exceptional artist. Growing up on 72nd Street in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, Paredes exuded early signs of artistic ability and accepted an invitation to New York City’s prestigious Fiorello La Guardia High School of Music and Art – immortalized in the musical and movie Fame – in the early 1980s. His studies at Fiorello coincided with the explosion of street culture in the city. Paredes drew inspiration from notorious pop artists like Andy Warhol and Keith Haring and plunged headlong into the world of graffiti and pop art taking the name “Mist” as his moniker.

Another influential figure in Paredes’ artistic career is his mentor, Ronnie Cutrone. Cutrone was Andy Warhol's immediate assistant at the Factory during the notorious pop artist's most productive and prestigious years. To Paredes, his mentor's paintings are the essence of pop: colorful, lively and highly accessible. Cutrone’s constant use of bright and fluorescent colors not only influenced Warhol’s return to such hues, but shaped Paredes’ color palette choices as well. Paredes’ piece “Ronnie, is that you?” pays homage to Cutrone and features one of Paredes’ sons painted on a vintage Mickey Mouse bed cover. The child represents the artist looking for Ronnie.

Paredes’ pieces and sculptures come from a series of collections that reflect the artist’s different stages in life.  Utilizing urban imagery, elements from nature, graffiti, anime and his children, Paredes has created multiple masterpieces that resonate to a broad audience.  Notable collections include, Los Niños, Boroughs, Pulgha™ & Birds and Urban Dreams.


Exhibits & Shows

Date: December 1st thru 4th
Event Hours: 7pm-11pm
Location: 173 NW 23rd Street Miami, FL 33127

Details: Official artist of the 12th Annual Latin Grammy® Awards, Miguel Paredes, will open the doors of his popular Wynwood gallery and present several new works during Art Basel Week. Upon recently returning from his exhibitions in Korea, Paredes is gearing up for an incredible Art Basel line up of events. During his stay in Korea, he studied with Professor, Soo Ryung Song, and traded technique and styles with her, utilizing inks from plants and seeds on natural paper. These new works will be on exhibition for the first time.

VIP Preview: Guests can enjoy bites from Chef Adrianne's Vineyard Restaurant. The acclaimed chef, featured on the popular Food Network show "Chopped" and host of NBC 6's "Maximum Flavor with Chef Adrianne" will be creating bites for Paredes' VIP guests. In addition, complimentary beers from Sapporo, a selection of Rex Goliath wines and sparkling water courtesy of Perrier will be served in custom Perrier Refresh Lounge areas.

Please contact us for our full basel event schedule: rsvp@miguelparedes.com


Contact

420 Lincoln Road, #390
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Phone: (866) 534-2184 ext. 2244
Website: http://www.miguelparedes.com
Email: mig@miguelparedes.com

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