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.


Statement

The human figure has its own language, and this contributes to making it the most complex form a sculptor can ever attempt to represent. I explore the body’s facility to communicate ideas and emotions, and I am interested, as well, in presenting the human figure in ways that balance between realism and abstraction. When I depict the nude figure, I strip it of elements such as identity, time and place; I aim to focus the viewer’s attention on what it is to be human. The interplay between what is depicted versus what is cropped or simplified creates an interesting dialogue. My sculpture also evokes feelings through elements such as rhythm and composition.

My work is meant to be enjoyed or judged based upon its aesthetic attributes. Input from the artist and written supporting statements are not needed.

As an artist, my intimate relationship with my process 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 in 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. Creating my sculpture is a process that also feels like an interior spiritual meditation.


Education

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

2018   Art Students League NYC, Sculpture Certificate

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


Awards                                            

2019 Figurativas 2019 (pre-selection)

2019 14th International ARC Salon Competition (Finalist)

2019 Richard McDermott Miller Competition/National Sculpture Society/USA (Competitor)

2019 Salmagundi Club, Artist Member Scholarship

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

2018   Ann & Bruno Lucchesi foundation Grant, (Traditional Representational Sculpture)

Solo

2019   RA19, Art Expo NY, NYC, USA

Selected Group Exhibitions                        

2019 The Retreat, RJD Gallery, The Hamptons, NY, USA

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

2017   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                                  

(Public Collection) The Princess and The Platypus Foundation, “Portrait of P. Diana” (2019)

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

(Private Collection) Enrique Vergara (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

2007 Drawing instructor, Juvenalia, Madrid, Spain


Publications

The Guide Artists, Art Magazine (2019-April Issue 26), http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/1580136

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