Biography: Artist: Miguel Freitas
Miguel Freitas grew up in Lisbon, Portugal, later he moved to Toronto where he continued to study the fine arts exploring ways of expressing his creativity. His artistic diversity and ability to work with various media and styles has proven to be a great asset to his creative career.
Starting out as a photographer, and then venturing into the design industry, his success as a designer and illustrator eventually led him to positions working as Art Director for companies both in Canada and Europe. Although he enjoys design, he longed for new challenges and creative freedom and so he ventured on his own and now works from his home studio in the Toronto Beaches.
Miguel's unique technique and style has attracted much attention and created a following where his originals have become sought after by collectors and galleries throughout North America. When composing his art, he tries to express things as they appear to him and not always as reality. His style and execution bring to mind images of great frescoes on old crumbling walls. The unusual use of mixed media and subject matter, are a perfect marriage. Whimsical impressions, of places in his mind, call to you through the feelings they emote.
His use of vibrant colours is what often strikes people first. The colours are carefully chosen, giving off a strong presence and symbolic content to his work. The passionate reds, pure range of blues and warm yellows are seared into your memory, leaving you emotionally charged. You will lose yourself in the warmth and comfort of a familiar place. Each painting tells a story, drawing your closer, inviting you to touch its highly textured surface. The paintings convincingly depict the naive impressions and memories left in your mind years after visiting a place.
Below is an example of the texture typical of Freitas's work.