Superhero is a hand painted oil on canvas piece that shows my personal interpretation of a superhero. The foreground showcases a child elevating using his superpowers and winged feet. I’ve also incorporated birds into the painting, which are recurring characters throughout my works, and they represent the boy’s loyal, brave guardians. I’ve been a comic book collector almost my entire life and as a kid used to fantasize about having special powers. My children are a constant source of inspiration, so by merging these two “muses” I was able to create my personal interpretation of a superhero.
What is Second Saturday Art Walk all about?
Miguel Paredes: Second Saturdays Art Walk is a monthly event held in the Wynwood Arts District and is geared towards art collectors and enthusiasts alike. The local galleries open their doors for a night of art and socializing. It’s a wonderful way for the art world to connect and expose all that Wynwood has to offer. We also open the gallery by special appointment for collectors and private viewings. What often happens is that many of my collectors & fans use Art Walk to bring their friends who they think will enjoy the work—then the new clients come in to purchase another day within a more private setting. This Saturday, guests will get to enjoy ice cream treats compliments of HaVen Gastro-Lounge. In addition, Zignum Mezcal signature cocktails will be available, along with beer from the Heineken Light art bar, a selection of Rex Goliath wines and sparkling water courtesy of Perrier.
Tell us about your involvement with Art Walk?
Miguel Paredes: I’ve been involved in Art Walk since the opening of my first gallery in August 2010. The vibe that it brings to the gallery and neighborhood is so unique and organic; it’s a really exciting evening and I look forward to it every month!
What inspired you to become an artist?
Miguel Paredes: Art has been part of my world since childhood as my family always encouraged creativity at home. I would have to say that my creative abilities really began to flourish while I was a young student at Fiorello LaGuardia High School in New York City. From there I had the privilege to learn from my personal mentor and renowned pop artist, Ronnie Cutrone, and develop my personal style.
How would you describe yourself as an artist?
Miguel Paredes: An urban realist and pop artist. I enjoy using various forms of media and tend to find inspiration in street art, Japanese animation and various landscapes.
Is your artwork only for viewing or is it available for purchasing as well?
Miguel Paredes: My fine artwork is available for purchase as well as a wide array of accessible merchandise. We also have a boutique in the gallery including items such as limited edition prints, Pulgha statues and different gift items featuring my work.
Gallery, Miguel Paredes Fine Art Gallery, located at 173 NW 23rd Street in the Wynwood Arts District.
For private viewings please contact Patricia Baro at 305.534.2184 x.2244. My website is www.miguelparedes.com