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.
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
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
2019 Greenwich International Art Fair, Greenwich, CT
2019 Raising Artist, Art Expo, NYC
2019 Outwin-Boochever, Smithsonian National Porrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.
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 Makoto Maeda, “Portrait of M. Maeda” (2018)
Enrique Vergara “Untitled” (2013)
2018 Sculpture instructor, Decourus Atelier, NYC
2018 Casting 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
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)
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.