Avoiding the traditional path of art school to art gallery, the Milan-born brothers explain that they have prioritised “accumulating life experiences, technical skills and philosophical ideas” to give them “the widest possible range of expression, surviving capacities and a taste of the meaning of life”.
Challenging the traditional genre of portraiture, the Miaz Brothers pride themselves on the surprising nature of their work, encouraging the viewer to use their perception and interpretation when viewing their large scale, out-of focus works. Rendered with layers of aerosol paint, the paintings explore the space between one’s perception of the self and that which is intangible.
The artists encourage the observer to interact with the image. “We look to provide a visual experience, that activates our awareness, that compels the viewer to recognise and re-establish the limits of his or her own perception, and to regain control of the real. The paintings invite us to always be able to take a considerable distance, to see the whole picture.”
Travels between South America and South East Asia, combined with their time living in New York, Paris, Milan, Amsterdam and Valencia, gave the duo freedom to collect human experiences and discover new cultures as well as time to develop ideas on subject matter. From collaborative projects with Adidas, Swatch, Piaggio and Nike, to projects with Elite, Diesel, Puma and Kenzo, exploration and discovery is at the heart of every venture.