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.
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.
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
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)
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
(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)
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
The Guide Artists, Art Magazine (2019-April Issue 26), http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/1580136
The Stirling Spoon, Online literacy magazine (Sept-2018)
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.