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Born in San Juan, Peurto Rico in 1955, Rubén Miranda studied drawing, printmaking, painting and sculpture at the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras, receiving his B.A. in Art and Education in 1975. After graduation, he moved to Florida to study at Florida State University in Talahassee where he earned a Master’s degree in Studio Art in 1981.
Miranda derives his inspiration from his experiences in day to day life, and at times, by ideas and symbols related to his cultural heritage. Of his work he says: “The conceptual development of my artwork has been a search, profound and introspective, to connect with the world around me. As I see it, the human figure embodies what life is all about, in more than the physical plane. It is the symbolic image of existence. Through the years, my morphic re-invention of the human figure has given meaning to the search for my own pictorial language.”
Miranda has won numerous awards for his work and has exhibited in solo and group shows in the United States and Puerto Rico. He has lived in Grapevine Texas, for the past twenty years and works as a Graphic Designer for a major newspaper.
To see more of Rubén Miranda’s work, visit Ruben-Miranda.com.
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Romanian born artist Raul Oprea (aka Saddo Jdero) graduated from the University of Art and Design in Cluj Napoca, Romania. Currently living in Berlin, Germany, Oprea specializes in bright, intricate, and surreal characters. His mediums usually include acrylic paint, watercolor, pencils, and marker pens on paper, as well as street surfaces and wood.
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This week’s Monday Mixx is a selection of artists that I viewed this weekend at the Queen West Art Crawl Outdoor Art Show and Sale, held in Trinity-Bellwoods Park in Toronto, Canada. “The Queen West Art Crawl (QWAC) promotes meaningful interaction between art and people in the neighbourhoods of West Queen West and Parkdale in Toronto. The annual festival highlights and exhibits the work of professional artists, and presents new ideas via art scholars and curators, artists, and art lovers.” Enjoy!
Born in 1986, Caitlin Hackett is a Brooklyn, New York based artist, illustrator and creature concept designer.
In her work, Hackett explores the relationship between humans and animals; the idea of the human denial of our animal nature and of humans as the dominant species, as well as the mutation of the animal created by the human interpretation of the animal.
“I invent creatures, anthropomorphic, mutated, or pseudo mythical in imagery, using my imaginary world and bringing it into the physical world in an attempt to create a language that speaks about the human animal relationship and the natural and unnatural elements of it. I am faced with the fact that we live in a planet in decline, where almost every natural ecosystem in the world is slipping away. Human kind has created a planet of refugees; animals forced to flee ever farther from the insatiable encroachment of urban development, victims of a war for space which they cannot hope to win. My drawings refer to this decline and to the refugees it has created. I am left with the question of what is natural; are we (human beings) still a part of nature? If so, does that make all that we have created, cities, vehicles, factories, all technology, part of nature as well?”
Hackett creates her large-scale drawings on paper using ebony pencil, ballpoint and micron pens, coloured pencil, and watercolours. Her “anthropomorphic creatures, which are installation pieces, are a balance between the power and physical presence of the life sized and the intensity of the dense, delicate, and time consuming detail of the ballpoint pen and ink. By installing these animals cut out on the walls they are released into our world and become characters that must be addressed in terms of our physical space, and must be granted an identity.”
To see more of Caitlin Hackett’s work, visit CaitlinHackett.carbonmade.com.
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