Miki Leal

Artist selected by Hontoria, Javier at 2010
More artist content updated at 2016

My work covers subjects like jazz and the American way of life, with an interest in the world of my own family.

I’m still obsessed with working with paper, including my new project, La cabaña, which links the huts of Heidegger and Le Corbusier, since both stress the minimal creative format as a house and studio.

At the moment I’m going through a period of changes, although I’m trying to ensure my work remains authentic and doesn’t get derailed by my characteristically none too thorough approach.


1. What made you choose art as a profession?
I was always sure I wanted to do something creative. At first it was music, but there’s also a creative side to my family and I loved painting and art. All this led me to where I am now – the plastic arts.

2. How would you define your work?

3. What subjects are you interested in?
All subjects in the most primary, basic sense. My subjects are always free and open. I don’t usually develop conceptual lines; what really interests me is talking about painting.

4. What resources – formal or otherwise – do you use in your work?
I normally work on paper; I use photographs, books and, obviously, natural vision. But the creative work starts with a blank sheet and no specific aim.

5. What relationship does your work have with reality? What are your raw materials?
Reality means me: my experiences, what I read, my tastes, my obsessions, my stylistic preferences… All this then goes through a series of changes and becomes a new reality, which is what makes up my work.

6. What, according to you, is the point of art?
For me it’s a way of life, although I don’t really think about it much. Perhaps it doesn’t have much of a point at the moment, but it’s useful for me.

7. How do you hope the public will receive your work? What audience are you aiming at?
I hope people let themselves go and try to enjoy it.

8. What qualifications have you got? What do you value most from your time in education?
I graduated in Fine Art. What I value most from my time in education is learning about academic drawing and being taught how to look at things.

9. How would you define your current professional situation? And in the future?
Good in a national context.

In the future I hope to take my work onto an international level.

10. Many artists say it’s difficult to make a living from their work; how do economic considerations affect you when it comes to work? Do you think this has a bearing on your work?
I’ve never thought of this factor as having a bearing on my work; I’ve always painted what I wanted.

11. What do you look for or expect from your relationship with promoters and curators? What advantages and difficulties have you found with these relationships?
These are usually natural, friendly relationships where a mutual interest in each other’s work ensures everything flows smoothly. Obviously I’m interested in promoting my work as widely as possible, but I don’t want to force it.

12. What do you think sets the arts scene in Madrid apart from elsewhere? What would you say are its pluses and minuses?
On the positive side, everything: I think Madrid is one of the most interesting cities in the world.
On the negative side, its disjointed nature, thanks to the city’s hectic social life.



Curriculum vitae

Miki Leal
Sevilla, 1974.
Vive y trabaja en/Lives and works in: Madrid.

Formación Académica/Education
Licenciatura en Bellas Artes, Universidad de Sevilla.

Exposiciones Individuales/Solo Exhibitions
Trasfábula (con Abraham Lacalle y Mp & MP Rosado), Sala Hospedería Fonseca, Universidad de Salamanca.

Ieri, oggi, domani, Galería Alessandro Seno, Milano.
Con el viento de cara, Galería Rafael Ortiz, Sevilla.
Frenhofer y La Laguna, Galería Maribel López, Berlin.

Balada Heavy, Galería Magda Bellotti, Madrid.

El estudio del pintor, Paolo Maria Deanesi Gallery, Rovereto, Trento.

El manantial, el nadador y la pintura, Galería Magda Bellotti, Madrid.

Canadalia, Galería Magda Bellotti, Madrid.
Mikithology, Galería Cavecanem, Sevilla.

Exposiciones Colectivas/Group Exhibitions
Imágenes latentes, Galería Fúcares, Madrid.

PLANES FUTUROS, Baluarte, Pamplona.
Lo Desacogedor. Escenas Fantasmas en la Sociedad Global, BIACS II, 2ª Bienal Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo de Sevilla, Sevilla.
¡Viva pintura!, Hangar-7 GmbH & Co KG, Salzburg.

Artistas de Sevilla en Berlín/diez perspectivas, Galerie Kummenale, Berlin.
TODO MODO, Sala de eStar, Sevilla.

La Nueva Música (proyecto con Jose Miguel Pereñiguez), Sala de eStar, Sevilla.
Mirabilia, Galería Birimbao, Sevilla.
Certamen Andaluz de artes plásticas, Málaga.

Becas y Premios/Awards and Grants
Beca Cajasol para proyectos de Artes Visuales 2008-2009.

Premio Altadis de pintura 2006.

Beca caja Madrid Proyecto BBC.

Beca, Ayudas a la Creación Artística Contemporánea de la Consejería de Cultura de la Junta de Andalucía.

Certamen Nacional de Arte Joven, Instituto Andaluz de la Juventud, Málaga. (1er Premio)

Obra en Museos y Colecciones/Works in Museums and Collections
Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, CAAC, Sevilla.
Patio Herreriano, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Español, Valladolid.
Centro-Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo, ARTIUM, Vitoria-Gasteiz.
Colección Caja Madrid.
Colección RED BULL, Hangar-7 GmbH & Co KG, Salzburg.
Fundación Coca-Cola.
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, MUSAC, León.
Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes, Santander.
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, MNCARS, Madrid.



Galería Fúcares
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