Miguel Freitas was born in Lisbon, Portugal and moved to Toronto, Canada when he was a teenager. Starting out with a Graphic Arts degree he entered into the creative world, first working as a photographer and then as an illustrator for Ad agencies. His artistic diversity has proven to be a great asset to his creative career and his successes eventually lead him to positions working as Art Director for companies both in Canada and Europe.
He currently paints from his home studio in the Toronto Beaches area and exhibits internationally in solo and group exhibitions. His unique creations are collected worldwide and represented by prominent galleries throughout North America.
His bold use of colour along with whimsical urban scapes is what often strikes his audience first. The aggressive use of texture creates a multi-layered surface that appears as if the painting is sculpted.
These scenes convincingly depict the naive impressions and memories left in your mind years after visiting a place.
My style…what is it exactly? Surrealism, Expressionism, Impressionism? I call it “Miguelism.”
Coming from an advertising background I knew the importance of standing out so my goal was to created a unique
way to capture somewhat familiar scenes, places we are all familiar with but with a slight whimsical and surreal twist.
I paint mainly from my imagination and my goal is to alter reality just enough to create my own unique scenes. The paintings have a certain intentional distortion and exaggerated movement, and are composed with forced perspective angles to make a path that leads the viewer's eye into the scene.
I want my audience to feel as if they could step into my paintings, visually and emotionally.
I use thick acrylic paint to create depth to give my art a unique 3D effect. This timely step consists of multiple layers and many hours of drying time. The end result is a painting that's full of character and depth.
Subtle or main focus, the small
details often help tell the story.
They are the most important elements
of each individual piece.