Miguel Trelles
Medium: Painting and Printmaking

Studio Location:
610 Smith Street
Studio # 1m

Email: migueltrelles2001@yahoo.com

Website:: migueltrelles.com

Artist Bio:
Miguel Trelles is a Puerto Rican visual artist with a recent Brooklyn studio presence. Trelles' chino-latino painting series derives inspiration from classic Chinese painting along with Pre-Columbian and Latin American imagery. On a parallel track to his paintings, the artist's silk screens honor the Puerto Rican silkscreen tradition of the 2nd half of the 20th Century, their popular content is broadly Latino.

An adjunct professor of Black and Latino Studies at Baruch College, Trelles has also taught Studio Art at Hunter College and Brown University as well as Art History at Fairley Dickinson University.

The work of Miguel Trelles has been exhibited in Rio de Janeiro, Lima, San Juan, Santo Domingo, Havana, Tegucigalpa, Buenos Aires, Paris, and Chengdu. Trelles' paintings are part of the permanent collections of El Museo del Barrio and Deutsche Bank in New York, the Fundacion Gabarron in Valladolid and in El Museo de Arte de Ponce and the Institue of Puerto Rican Culture in San Juan.

Artist Statement:
Rather than pursuing radical innovations, I favor revolutionary archaism in painting. Personally meaningful references and amenable formats from the history of art are "telescoped" into new compositions with the conceptual aim of broadening our contemporary sensibility. By delving into the Pre-Columbian heritage while respectfully approaching Chinese sources via the chino-latino aesthetic my work is an evolving draft towards a Pan-American suma.

All images and text copyright Miguel Trelles