Cristina de Miguel, ‘Three Flags’, 2013, BAM Art Auction 2014

Estimate $1,000. Spanish artist Cristina de Miguel creates large, playful, and often provocative paintings that reference the imagery of contemporary everyday life. Commenting on her process, de Miguel says “Most of the images I use come from my mind. I pay attention to the formal side of daily images and events. It is like thinking in images all the time. Then painting becomes a lifestyle.”

About Cristina de Miguel

With her conviction that “paintings have the right to be what the painter wants them to be,” Cristina de Miguel operates outside of the social constraints of the worlds of work and art, producing exuberant, whimsical, humorous paintings about whatever strikes her fancy. Her creative process is intuitive and immediate; she avoids pre-planning, preferring to begin in front of the blank canvas, where the ideas and images gleaned from her engagement with the world coalesce. Accordingly, her subject matter ranges wildly, and includes cat’s heads, t-shirts, cartoonish faces, scenes of art openings, and the Nike “swoosh,” rendered expressively and at immense scale. De Miguel’s brushwork is apparent everywhere in her compositions, as are the marks of her fingers and, sometimes, bits of studio detritus—evidence, in her eyes, of painting as a direct extension of the artist herself.

Spanish, b. 1987, Seville, Spain, based in Brooklyn, New York