Miki Leal | November 2021
Miki Leal (b. 1974, Sevilla) lives and works in Madrid, Spain.
Miki Leal is one of Spain’s most well-known artists of his generation. A painter, who exclusively uses paper as his medium, and an excellent draftsman, he is well known for his large-scale works on paper as well as his brilliant pieces on video, installations, engravings, and ceramics. We are pleased to present this special collaboration that includes works on paper and ceramics, that portray, in their celebratory and fresh character, the interests and inspirations of the Sevillian.
Miki Leal’s work has a very personal poetics that sprouts from individual and collective memories. His pieces speak about identity, his life and dreams but also refer to art history, literary and musical culture, and to the mysteries of nature. The works on paper that we present along with the chumbera leaves with ties –from the series Uma casa portuguesa, are proof that in Miki Leal’s work everything plays: mythology, nature, maps, literature, cinema, geometry and ornaments, and fashion.
The compilation of all these elements creates a new world: a world modified by the artist, that absorbs and reinterprets reality as he pleases. That is why, even though the images look like movies, posters, and album covers that we all know, the truth is that these are created elements that didn’t exist before the artist shaped them.
Miki Leal graduated from the Universidad de Sevilla in Fine Arts and is currently working in the studio Nave Oporto in Madrid. In 2021 he started the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), with a grant from the General Spanish Consulate in New York. In 2016, he was awarded the 1st prize in BMW Pintura and the Residence in the Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando in Rome, among many other recognitions. He has exhibited individually and collectively in numerous galleries and institutions in Spain, Italy, the UK, USA, and Germany, and his work is included in private and public collections, likethe Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo (CA2M), Comunidad de Madrid, DKV Collection, BMW Collection, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo (CAAC), Atladis Foundation, Coca-Cola Foundation, and Pilar Citoler, among many others.