The Miaz Brothers are the duo of Roberto and Renato Miaz, and they turn portraiture on its head with their large-scale, spray paint-on-canvas paintings, whose subjects are presented completely out-of-focus.
The Italian duo, who are indeed siblings, create large-format canvases using spray paint as it never has been before, creating art blurred prints. “We look to provide a visual experience that activates our awareness, that compels the viewer to recognize and re-establish the limits of his or her own perception,” they have said. They call their work the “Antimatter” series, in reference to their atomized, ghostly renderings of subjects, ranging from friends to kawaii (cute) Japanese girls, to philosophers.
Both classically trained artists, the brothers honed their approach to portraiture through ten years of experimentation and travel, during which they eschewed the gallery system, presenting their work in unconventional spaces like nightclubs and corporate buildings. Their experiences coalesced into a keen awareness of the transience of life, reflected in the people they paint, always just beyond our reach.
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”, they say, “which change in tandem with the complex reality that surrounds us.” The spray paint produces the blurred effect that defines the duo’s work.
The paintings invite us to always be able to take a considerable distance, to see the whole picture.
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