Miguel Angel Payano Jr.
Miguel Angel Payano Jr. is an Afro-Caribbean American artist working between Beijing and New York. Informed by the unlikely intersection of American, Caribbean and Chinese cultures, he investigates themes such as human socialization, identity-formation and gestalt applying a style shifting visual vernacular to create works that span the spectrum between painting and sculpture.
大森 (Large Forest)
Glitter, acrylic, aluminum, spray paint, curtain tassels, hot glue, blue foam, gloves, cotton, condoms, condom wrappers, money, pills, shoes, cell phone, compact discs, computer wiring, cell phone chips, silicon key board cover, bottle caps, Hawaiian nut shells, faux bananas, banana gun, toy gun, candy, fur tail, inhaler, Longan pits, beer cans, cigar tube, bathroom matt, gourd, screws, plastic gears, butt plug on canvas
15 x 400 x 600 cm / 5 7/8 x 157 1/2 x 236 1/4 in
Miguel’s transcultural surrealist sensibilities bind humor, beauty with the grotesque and disturbing. Until recently Payano had been primarily based in China where he has lived since 2003. He has also exhibited in Europe, Southeast Asia and the US. His works are in major collections in China and Italy.
Glitter, faux wool, faux fur, baby shoes, gloves, comb, aluminum wire, hot glue, blue foam, plaster gauze, dollar bill, half a joint, acrylic on canvas
15 x 80 x 75 cm / 5 7/8 x 31 1/2 x 29 1/2 in
Three Heads: Him and Her
Acrylic, oil and touch of glitter on canvas
4 x 50 x 50 cm / 1 5/8 x 19 3/4 x 19 3/4 in (each)
The annual Spring 2020 Thesis Exhibition for graduates of the Hunter College MFA Studio Art program represents works by 19 artist graduates of this nationally noted program. Originally planned as a series of physical presentations at Hunter’s 205 Hudson Street campus in Tribeca, but canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the MFA Thesis Exhibition’s digital iteration aims to provide a new, expanded platform for young artists entering the field.