The Miaz Brothers present a radical new take on portraiture. The Italian duo, who are indeed siblings, create large-format canvases using spray paint as it never has been used before.
The Antimatter Series, as their body of work is known, incorporates a diverse and refreshing range of subjects. It includes portraits of their friends, their dear departed (Ghosts), philosophers, fashionable female Japanese adolescents, and figures from the era of the English Restoration (Masters).
While they employ aerosol paints, the Miaz Brothers have never been street artists nor are they ever likely to start. "We use it to represent the fact that we are composed of infinite particles in continuous evolution, which change in tandem with the complex reality that surrounds us." The spray paint produces the blurred effect that defines the duo's work: "dematerialising the lines, we gain a substantial indetermination of the picture. This skips any immediate reaction and provokes the viewer to use mnemonic associations instead for their own personal visual information encoding."
While possessing multi-disciplinary skills, the brothers are inclined towards portrait painting as it in itself "prompts questions about the transitory nature of existence". Ultimately though, the Antimatter Series is a stunning selection of artworks.
"We look to provide a visual experience that activates our awareness, that compels the viewer to recognise and re-establish the limits of his or her own perception, to regain control of the real. The paintings invite us to always be able to take a considerable distance, to see the whole picture."
Born in Milan in 1965 and 1968
Live and work in Valencia
Selected solo exhibitions
2015 Antimatter Series: A Boundless Vision, Lazarides Rathbone, London
2014 Ver Visiones, Museo del Carmen, Valencia
2014 Context, Miami Art Basel
2014 Miaz Brothers and the Masters, Fabien Castanier Gallery, Los Angeles
2014 Dematerialized: A New Contemporary Vision, Lazarides Rathbone, London
2013 Angels & Demons, Galeria PazyComedias, Valencia
2013 Antimatter series, B14 Gallery, Barcelona
2012 Masters series, Spazio Thetis, Arsenale Novissimo, Venezia
2012 Antimatter, Leogalleries, Milan
Selected group exhibitions
2016 Pop Up Exhibition in Wynwood Fabien Castanier Gallery, Miami
2016 Contemporary Istanbul, Lazarides Off-Site, Istanbul
2016 Still Here, A Decade Of Lazarides, Lazarides Rathbone
2015 Contemporary Istanbul, Lazarides, Istanbul
2014 Recollection, The Outsiders, Newcastle upon Tyne
2014 Art14 London, Olympia Grand, London
2014 Ver Visiones, Centro de Carmen, Valencia
2013 Brutal, Lazarides Off-Site, The Strand, London
2013 Wonderworks, The Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong
2013 Fresh Paint, Lazarides Ratbone, London
2012 The Artist As Viewed From the Outside, London Art Fair
2012 Contemporary Visions, BeersLambert Gallery, London
Winners of the 2011 International Arte Laguna Prize, Venice
Winners of the 2010 Amposta Museum of Contemporary Art International Biennial Prize, Barcelona