By Randa Saoud
At the age of 27, Paredes took a studio at the Art Center of South Florida, where at a young age became one of their most prosperous artists focusing mainly on mixed media and conceptual art. At one of his first showings he sold all of his pieces and broke into the Miami Beach art scene. He ultimately took his own private studio space on Lincoln Road and painted for hours on end. Local venues often offered their space to showcase Paredes’ work and he later did shows with artists like Ronnie Cutrone, Skot Olsen, Tes One, And Sas and Colin Christian.
Miguel paints vivid, brilliant images that create an atmosphere of question and mystery, immersing his audience in an unparalleled visual experience as well as inner journey. Every stroke, every pose, every shadow are thoughtfully constructed clues to the complex dialogue the artist is having with himself and with what he believes will be his legacy.
Paredes lives with his wife, Joyce, and their children in Miami.
I was born in New York City and am of Latin American decent. I developed an interest in art an early age through exposure – both by my father, who was also an artist, and my environment (graffiti art was huge on the scene around that time). After maturing as an artist at Fiorello LaGuardia High School of Music and Art, I was mentored by pop artist Ronnie Cutrone, Andy Warhol’s immediate assistant at the Factory. I moved to Miami Beach in the 1980’s and have been here since. I also own PK Graphics, a printing company.
As a young artist I received formal training from Fiorello LaGuardia High School of Music and Art.
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.
I’d have to say oil painting is not only my medium of choice but also my forte. I love digital work, but I tend to spend so much time drawing details and making each piece valuable and unique for personal satisfaction. When I sell a painting, I want to know that product is received with love.
I find a lot of my inspiration in nature, from graffiti, and urban landscapes and culture. My children and childhood are an important source of inspiration for me as well.
I’d say connecting with my audience is ultimately what I seek to achieve with my art, as does every artist. This is actually something I feel I’ve managed to do well with. Given the variety of style of my works, as seen in my Buroughs, Los Niños, Urban Dreams and Pulgha & Birds collections, most everyone is able to connect on some level, whether it be a moment from their childhood or travels.
My father was not only an artist but an art collector, specifically works by Dali. The first memorable connection I had with a particular piece was with Dali’s “Freud’s Perverse Polymorph (Bulgarian Child Eating A Rat),” which really set the tone for my style. After that, growing up in New York around Lincoln Center, I was always surrounding by art in school and especially out of school in the form of graffiti, which can be seen in most of my works to-date.
I would really like to see a boom in sales, of course! The art market like everything else is taking a hit. For an artist to succeed, you need to sell in order to establish credibility. So hopefully the economy will take a turn and more buyers will emerge. I’m looking forward to bigger institutions opening up in Miami, which will help us a great deal.
For more information visit: www.miguelparedes.com