10 QUESTIONS FOR MIGUEL ANGEL MOYA PAINTING THE FIGURE NOW at WAUSAU MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
MIGUEL ANGEL MOYA was born in Valencia in 1970. He began his Fine Arts degree at the Facultad Politécnica de Valencia in the late 80s, giving up two years later, disappointed by the method of teaching at the Faculty. Around the same time he met the realistic painter Francisco Ugeda, in whose workshop he learned the technical fundamentals of painting. In 1992 he has his first exhibition in Denia, Spain. Moya also studied the Violin receiving an advanced degree in the discipline. He combined painting with his work as a musician for years, but left the violin in 2002 to fully focus on his career as a painter. Since then, Moya has exhibited his work across Europe, United States and China. In 2008 he has his first solo exhibition in Madrid (Santiago Echeberría Gallery) in 2011 he had a solo exhibition in New York.
In 2014, Line and Stylish Art Magazine chose him between the seven most outstanding figurative artist born after 1970 in Spain. His painting is characterized by a realistic language that does not bow to matter or gesture. In his work we can find influences from the baroque European masters to contemporary artists. After an initial period marked by musical themes, his interests in Jungian psychology and alchemy gave rise to a series of works with a symbolic charge, sometimes obvious and others more subtle, as in his series of Indoor Scenes. At the end of 2013, his subject matter was still lifes with biological content, where marine creatures appear in a mysterious atmosphere, sometimes as scientific collections. From 2015 until 2018 Miguel Angel worked with Arcadia Contemporary.
1-What is different from your work than others when painting the figure now?
I don’t know if it is different, but I am interested in the atmosphere that strengthens a symbolic content.
2- How important is process versus end results?
I think that the results are a consequence of the process. You cannot separate them and you cannot hide the process from the viewer.
3- What is your ultimate goal when painting the figure?
4 -What do you like best about your work?
I like when I achieve to say what I want to say.
5- What do you like least about your work?
I am not going to tell you.
6 -Why the figure?
Because the human being is the greatest mystery.
7- Which are your greatest influences?
Velázquez, Vermeer, Rembrandt.
8- What is your background?
I have been painting or drawing since I was three years old, I received valuable advice from great artists, I have studied the works of great masters and I have long time as a professional.
9- Name three artists you'd like to be compared to in history books.
Velázquez, Vermeer, Rembrandt…
10-What is your favorite work in the exhibition besides your own and why?
The truth is that I like many paintings but I couldn’t tell you a favorite.