My work is about expressing how complicated and chaotic our lives have become, and how much time and effort we spend trying to achieve balance with our natural surroundings. I use a mix of organic and synthetic materials as instruments to recreate emotions and movements within each piece.
I insinuate silhouettes of forms, which allow me to create an atmosphere of floating or drifting, in the hope of bringing the viewer to a place of inner peace.
My biggest influences have been Jesus Soto, Carlos Cruz Diez, Alexander Calder, Agnes Martin, Francis Bacon and the one and only Pablo Picasso.
by andrea arroyo, curator
Miguel Pons works in mixed media, inspired by patterns found in nature. Superimposing multiple layers of translucent materials, he creates paintings that emulate the complexities of the environment.
Last year, I visited Pons' studio in preparation for "Habitats," an exhibition of the works of three artists that I curated at the Grady Alexis Gallery at El Taller Latino Americano, This was the first public showing of Pons' work. Recently, I talked with him about his work and his aspirations as an artist.
AA - Miguel, what led you to become an artist?
MP - Primarily the need for self-expression. As a garden designer by trade, I have always seen myself as an artist who uses elements like texture, layers, and color to produce harmonious compositions. I find the process of painting very uplifting, as I am driven to communicate my vision through paintings that bring to mind the natural world and convey a sense of well-being.
AA - What are some of the things that influence you?
MP - Growing up in Caracas I was surrounded by creative people. As a child, I loved the exotic orchids that my grandfather grew, and I was always fascinated by the textures and colors of the fabrics and threads that my grandmother used for sewing. Right now I am enthralled by the round shape, working with tondos I find that all the elements in the painting come together in a more powerful way. I am also working with the female figure for the first time.
AA - Would you call yourself a self-taught artist?
MP -1 identify myself as self-taught, but I am always interested in learning. I have taken portrait classes and I am interested in pursuing it further to master the technique.
AA - Has your practice evolved over time?
MP -1 always drew, but now I am using mostly mixed media. I enjoy combining a variety of materials—such as acrylic, resin, canvas, paper, thread, fabric and wire—to create works that encompass some figurative elements woven into multiple layers.
AA - Did showing your work in public for the first time change your perception as an artist?
MP - Seeing my name and my work on a gallery wall for the first time was a very proud moment. That opportunity to interact with an audience made me realize what a great responsibility it is to call myself an artist, and it has encouraged me to keep pursuing my dream.
AA - Do you consider yourself a Latin American artist?
MP - For me, creating art is deeply personal experience, and I feel free to release my emotions into my work. I definitely identify with the expressive intensity and richness oftexture and color traditionally associated with Latin American art.
AA - What do you hope your audience will take away from your work?
MP -1 hope viewers are inspired and transported to a place that reminds them of the beautiful and positive things in life.
AA - Do you need to be inspired to create?
MP - Definitely, and I find inspiration in everything; from the bustle of life in New York City, to something as simple as the rain, a branch, or a rock.
AA - Do you have any rituals?
MP -1 require a quiet space, so sometimes I work at night. I like to paint while listening to classical music, and I also need to put on an apron and drink a cup of coffee before I start painting.
AA - What's coming up for you in the future?
MP -1 will show my most recent body of work in an open studio event, and I plan to get a website to bring my work to a wider audience.
AA - What is your biggest dream as an artist?
MP - To have my work exhibited at the Museum of Modem Art in New York next to the work of the artists who have inspired me my whole life.
Was born October 2,1961 in Caracas, Venezuela into a large family, where artistic expression was a way of life. After raising eight children, my great-grandmother found solace in painting and passed her love of art down to her children. My mother, who raised six children, was the Director of the Don Hatch Gallery in Caracas during the 50's. At This time in Latin culture, it was unusual for a worhan to be working in a professional environment.
My father was a practicing Architect as well as a professor of design and history of architecture in the University Central of Venezuela. He was an accomplished painter who frequently entertained his artist friends and colleagues at our house, so from a very early age, I was exposed not only to artists but to many different forms of arts and designs.
After my primary education in Caracas, I moved to Maracay to study at the Universidad Central de Venezuela from 1980 - 1986 where I earned a Bachelor's Degree in Agricultural Engineering. After graduating I moved to New York to study English and Business at New York University. I them went onto study Portraiture at the National Academy of Art.
After working for Jane Gil Gardens for several years I started my own firm in 1996, Miguel Pons Landscaping. I specialized in boutique garden design and installations focusing in residential projects throughout the New York area. My gardens have been featured in national and international publications such as Vogue; Elle Decor; The New York Times Magazine; Hamptons Country; Hamptons Cottages and Gardens; and Venezuelan Newspaper El Universal.
Recently, I participated in a three-person art exhibit "Habitat" curated by Andrea Arroyo at the Grady Alexis Gallery, El Taller Latin-Americano, New York. I also got invited to the Pixeles Project at the GB Gallery in Caracas.
Galeria Galou proudly presents Los Primos: Runs In the Family a pop-up exhibition showcasing the artwork of Leonor Mendoza and Miguel Pons.
New York, NY - One of" only seven visual art events highlighted during PAMAR's 8 Annual Latin American Cultural Week (LACW) Los Primos: Runs In the Family will be on view November 22 - 24 at Galeria Galou Itinerant, 130 West 30th St, #16B, in the Chelsea's gallery district. Launched in 2006, LACW is an annual festival celebrating the production of all art forms of the Americas in New York City.
Cousins and contemporaries, Mendoza and Pons, are both originally from Caracas, Venezuela. Although they both immigrated to New York City as adults, they followed their own individual routes to arrive. This similar yet wholly unique-onto-themselves trajectory is apparent in this exhibition. The works on display reveal an intimate dialogue that explores concepts of space and texture, as well as illuminating the tension between the natural and industrial worlds. With over 30 pieces in the exhibition - including paintings, sculptures, and functional art - this platform provides a comprehensive view of their individual aesthetic, while underscoring a shared pursuit of uncovering and understanding surface abstraction and design.
Leonor Mendoza's works are an exploration of the ecological, domestic and urban in the contemporary world. She has participated in numerous exhibitions both in Venezuela and abroad including the Contemporary Art Museum Sofia Imber, the Art Museum of the Americas, Museum of Latin American Art, and NYC's Contemporary Art Fair. In addition she has been commissioned to create original works of art, architectural elements, and furniture. Her work is included in such eminent collections as the Jacobo Borges Museum, Art Museum of the Americas, and the Venezuelan Industrial Bank, and has been featured in the New York Times, Architectural Records Magazine, NY Arts Magazine, Art Nexus. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. www.leonormendoza.com
Miguel Pons seeks to express the chaos and complexities of contemporary life juxtaposed with natural world. Superimposing multiple layers of translucent materials he creates dense systems that emulate this relationship. He uses a range of organic and synthetic materials to achieve movement and simulate emotional states. Trained as an agricultural engineer and a portraitist, his work has been featured in Vogue, Elle Decor The New York Times Magazine, Hamptons Country, and the Venezuelan Newspaper El Universal among others. Most recently he participated in a three-person exhibition at Taller Latino Americano, and Pixeles Project at the GB Gallery in Caracas, Venezuela.
Miguel Pons Studio
130 West 30th Street, #16 B
New York, NY 10001
copyright © 2013 images: Miguel Pons