Miguel del Rey Vergara is a figurative artist who was born and raised in Madrid, Spain. Miguel received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA, earned a Sculpture Certificate from the Art Students League of New York, and was the recipient of a scholarship to study sculpture at the Academia di Belle Arti Carrara in Italy.
Miguel has been practicing and teaching art in New York since 2015. His artwork has been widely exhibited and he has received numerous awards, including the Figurativas 2019 Purchase Award from the European Museum of Modern Art, Art Renewal Center Salon 2019 Finalist award, the Walter & Michael Lantz Prize in the Richard McDermott Miller Sculpture Competition, and the Ann & Bruno Lucchesi foundation’s Grant. Miguel 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, making it one of the most complex forms a sculptor can attempt to represent. I explore the body as a vehicle to communicate ideas and emotions, and I am interested in presenting the human figure in ways that incorporate both realism and abstraction. The nude figure, stripped of elements such as identity, time and place, focuses the viewer’s attention on what it is to be human. The interplay between what is depicted versus what is cropped or simplified creates a dialogue, while rhythm and composition juxtapose areas of tension and calm. I try to be aware of my state of mind during the creative process, letting my emotions and intuition lead the way while sculpting, going beyond the physical manipulation of material. 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. Sculpting is a process that feels like an interior spiritual meditation- a mindful, intimate relationship that is externalized in the final product.
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.
2019 Academia di Belle Arti di Carrara, Carrara, Italy, Intensive Sculpture program.
2019 Art Students League NYC, USA, Sculpture Certificate.
2018 Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA, B.F.A.
2008 Manga-spirit, Madrid, Spain, Comic & Illustration Certificate.
2019 Columbus Foundation & Franco Zeffirelli Foundation & Academia di belle Arti di Carrara / Scholarship
2019 Figurativas 2019/ European Museum of Modern Art (Finalist & purchase award)
2019 14th International Competition (ARC) Art Renewal Center Salon (Finalist)
2019 (Walter & Michael Lantz Prize) Richard McDermott Miller Competition/National Sculpture Society/USA
2019 Salmagundi Club, “Artist Member” Scholarship Award
2018 Semi-finalist, 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 Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit/Salmagundi Club (New York, NY)
2019 Figurativas 2019, European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM), Barcelona, SPAIN
2019 The Retreat, RJD Gallery, The Hamptons, NY, USA
2018 Re-Artiste, MC Gallery, Manhattan, NYC, USA
2018 Open Fall Salon, Plaxal Gallery, Queens, NYC, USA
2018 Open Fall-Salon, The Factory, Queens, NYC, USA
2018 Fear, Plaxal Gallery, Queens, NYC, USA
2018 The Perspective Collective, Pop Up Show, Chelsea, NYC, USA
2018 Culture Ride, Yara Art Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, USA
2018 Juried Concourse, Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery, Manhattan, NYC, USA
2018 Spring Show, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA, USA
2017 Spring Show, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA, USA
2017 Red Dot Show, Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery, NYC, USA
2016 Annual Exhibition, NY Sculpture Space, NYC, USA
(Pubic Collection) Princess Dianna 3D Virtual Museum, 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
2018-2019 Sculpture instructor, Decourus Atelier, NYC
2018-2019 Casting & Mold-making Instructor, The Art Students League, NYC
2018 Workshop Instructor, The Art Students League, NYC
2017-2019 Private drawing Instructor, NYC
2008-2009 Comic Drawing instructor, Manga-spirit, Madrid, Spain
2007 Drawing instructor, Juvenalia, Madrid, Spain
Collector Masters, Online Gallery (Sept 2019) https://collector-masters.com/
The Guide Artists, Art Magazine (2019-April Issue 26), http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/1580136
The Curators, Online Art Gallery, Artist profile, https://thecurators.com/collections/miguel-del-rey
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.