Fine Art

About "del Rey"

Bio

Miguel del Rey Vergara is a figurative artist who was born and raised in Madrid, Spain. Miguel is a graduate from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and he continued his studies in New York at the Art Students League.

Miguel has been practicing and teaching art in New York since 2015. His artwork has been widely exhibited in New York and internationally. Miguel was awarded the prestigious Ann & Bruno Luchesi grant for his merits in the field of Figurative Sculpture, and was honored to be selected as a semi-finalist out of thousands of submissions for the Outwin-Boochever Portrait Competition hosted by the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C.

He is currently represented by Kitano Alley Gallery.


Statement

My work celebrates the human condition by depicting the body and its infinite expressive ability. The human figure is the most complex form a sculptor can ever attempt to represent, yet the more you explore it the more you realize that it is a language of it's own and it offers one of the most effective approaches to communicate ideas and emotions. I am interested in presenting the human figure in such a way that there is a perfect balance between realism and abstraction. When I depict the nude figure as my subject, I strip it of such elements as identity, time and place to focus the viewer's attention on what it is to be human. The interplay of what is depicted versus what is cropped or simplified, creates an interesting dialogue and evokes feelings through elements such as rhythm and composition.

My work is meant to be enjoyed without a written statement to support it. The focus of my artistic efforts is to create sculptures that can be judge upon their aesthetic attributes. Without any later input from the artist..

As an artist, I keep a very close, intimate relationship with my process, and in that sense, it goes beyond the physical manipulation of material. I try to be aware of my state of mind during the creative process, letting my emotions and intuition lead the way of my sculpting. Confidence is a huge factor. When confidence is induced in the sculpture, the form flows in space in a convincing way. Even the less-refined parts should show this confidence in their abstraction. The process of creating these sculptures is an experience that feels like meditation and is very intimate; spiritual


Education

2018   Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA, B.F.A.

2018   Art Students League NYC, Certificate of Completion

2008Manga-spirit, Madrid, Spain, Comic & Illustration Certificate


Awards                                               2018   Semi-finailist, Outwin-Boochever Competition, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC

2018   Ann & Bruno Lucchesi foundation Grant, Art Students League, NYC


Upcoming Exhibitions

 

2019 Kitano Alley Gallery (KAG) Kobe, Japan

2019   Greenwich International Art Fair, Greenwich, CT, USA

2019   Raising Artist, Art Expo, NYC, USA

2019   Outwin-Boochever, Smithsonian National Porrait Gallery, Washington, D.C., USA

Group Exhibitions                        

2018   Re-Artiste, MC Gallery, NYC

2018   Open Fall Salon, Plaxal Gallery, NYC

2018   Open Fall-Salon, The Factory, NYC

2018   Fear, Plaxal Gallery, NYC

2018   The Perspective Collective, Pop Up Show, NYC

2018   Culture Ride, Yara Art Gallery, NYC

2018   Juried Concourse, Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery, NYC

2018   Online Spring Show, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA

2017   Online Spring Show, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA  

2017   Red Dot Show, Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery, NYC

2016   Annual Exhibition, NY Sculpture Space, NYC




                                                                

Commissions                                   Princess Diana, “Portrait of P. Diana” (2019)

Makoto Maeda, “Portrait of M. Maeda” (2018)

Enrique Vergara “Untitled” (2013)


Teaching Experience

             

2019 Guest artist, Guttman Community College (CUNY), NYC

2018   Sculpture instructor, Decourus Atelier, NYC

2018   Casting & Mold-making Instructor, The Art Students League, NYC

2018   Workshop Instructor, The Art Students League, NYC

2017   Private drawing Instructor, NYC

2008   Comic Drawing instructor, Manga-spirit, Madrid, Spain

2007Drawing instructor, Juvenalia, Madrid, Spain


Publications

Linea, The refugee, (Red Dot) http://www.asllinea.org/category/the-salon/art/

Linea, Makoto Maeda, (Blue Dot) http://www.asllinea.org/category/the-salon/art/

The Stirling Spoon, Online literacy magazine (Sept-2018)

https://thestirlingspoon.com/issue-one/

The Cools, (Oct-2018) https://cools.com/eileen-fisher-knitwear-fall-18/amp/

Figurative Artists, (2018) https://www.figurativeartist.org/artists/medium/sculpture/

The Great sculpture.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BohMNXuApI_/?taken-by=the_great_sculpture