Mikel always admired the masters that form the South American School of Realism that includes Claudio Bravo, Renato Mezzeat, and others. In particular, the work and technique of his late Argentinean mentor, Peter Von Artens, inspired Mikel to embark on painting elegant still life compositions featuring orchids in bloom and objects reflecting on polished surfaces. Mikel strives to render joy in every painting by carefully selecting objects, colors, and backgrounds that evoke tranquility and bliss.
With his recent series of still life compositions featuring Venetian carnival masks, Mikel enters the realm of Magic Realism. This is a world where the objects on the canvas are in perfect form and proportion, but reveal an internal mystery; a hint of deeper meaning. Mikel is drawn to the beauty, craftsmanship, and elegance of the masks. But he is also fascinated by their power to obscure and obfuscate. Even when they are the center of attention, they never reveal their secrets.
Mikel’s latest works are exhibited for sale at Galeria del Sol in South Beach (Miami Beach), FL. Mikel’s past work has been exhibited in Caracas, Puerto Rico, Miami, Atlanta, Toronto, New York, Boston, Chicago, and ‘closer to home’ in Charlottesville, Middleburg, and Leesburg, Virginia. His work has been published on the cover of the Chronicle of the Horse, an equestrian magazine with nationwide circulation. The February 2007 issue of Elan – a regional fine arts magazine – also featured Mikel’s work on its cover accompanied by a full-length article. The Golden Thread is exhibited as part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Hounds and Hunting in Leesburg.
When not painting, Mikel is an avid equestrian and is particularly enthusiastic about playing polo at the Great Meadow Polo Club in the Plains, VA.
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