"My vision is figuration for today's personality...through my life experiences I see differently than anyone else!"Miguel Abelton
Miguel Abelton's "new history" works create a curious alliance with figurative art's earlier intentions of capturing real people and real objects. Inspired from traditional Renaissance and Baroque portraiture and still lifes, Abelton forms this old iconography as modernizations of history. These personages and compositional equations acquire a new and changed historical accuracy, identity and meaning - one distinctly Abelton. Reconfigured, his works hold an ostensibly inflated presence within their new context of present day.
The artist was born in Barcelona, Spain, in 1948. He received his education from Escuela de Artes y Oficios, Lerida, Spain and Sainz de la Maza y la Escuela Masana, Barcelona, Spain. From 1970 to 1995 he was a photojournalist and producer-director for various public and private television channels. In 1995 Miguel began to devote his life professionally to painting.
Since 1996, Mr. Abelton has participated or been selected for many exhibitions including XIII Art Biennial, Zamora, Spain; Centro de Arte Afinsa, Madrid, Spain; Galeria Cabo Negro, Tangier, Morocco; Centro Cultural de las Rozas, Madrid, Spain; Torreon de Lozoya, Segovia. He was chosen to create a series of twenty-one paintings for the Sociedad Estatal Hanover 2000, Germany in 1999. The artist was awarded the DURAN XII prize for painting in Madrid, Spain, in 1997.