Roberto & Renato Miaz - Butcher (2012)

2011 From the 'Antimatter' Series Acrylic on Canvas 100 x 130 cm

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Roberto and Renato Miaz were born in Milan in 1965 and 1968 respectively, where they attended the Art School and European Institute of Design. Since childhood, the two have shared their lives collaborating with each other in work and play, and as artists have followed a very unconventional path.

Instead of opting for, in their words, the ‘classic route of High School – Academy – Gallery’, the Miaz brothers decided to explore the world and gain invaluable life experiences as well as technical skills, in order to fully develop their vision and goals before making their artistic debut. Accordingly, with the spirit of the Renaissance artist in their hearts, they set out to expose themselves to ‘the most diverse disciplines and situations’.

Between 1990 and 1996, the brothers had theirs works showcased in popular clubs in Milan, as opposed to in art galleries, in an attempt to exhibit their art in unconventional spaces frequented by myriad youngsters. As well, these highly successful ventures allowed the Miaz brothers to wholly observe the reactions of their viewers in a natural setting, as opposed to in a ‘white cube’ environment.

Later, between 1996 and 2000 the brothers began working on a series of creative projects for corporations, in another attempt to experiment with non-traditional venues for their art. However, soon after in 2001, they decided that it was time to embark on a new journey, and thus chose New York as their next destination, where they first laid the groundwork for their original style. However, after the incident of 9/11, the brothers once again set their sights elsewhere, this time opting for a tour of South America, Southeast Asia, and Europe, which would eventually lead them to their present home in Valencia, Spain.

It was on this journey that the brothers truly developed and refined their signature style. Taking their cues from the ‘colour-dot’ technology employed by inkjet printers, they aim to produce paintings that ‘interact with viewers for an indefinite period of time’, while transforming with their surrounding light. As there are no lines whatsoever in their work, it is up to the viewer to perceive their subjects and make images out of them. Thus, with the use of three overlapping primary colours sprayed separately onto canvas, the Miaz brothers in their Antimatter series are able to effectively blur the lines between illusion and reality, and create beautiful, ‘boundless’ experiences.

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