Miguel Milló (b. 1959) is a Mexican contemporary artist who uses complex processes to create stunning photographs derived from living sculptures of humans. Milló covers models in clay, carefully paints the flesh canvases using pigments from India, and adorns them with fruits, fauna, and vegetables. Finally, Milló photographs his models, to create images that borrow from Abstract Art, figurative art, and Surrealism, and convey emotional narratives about the human condition. Milló is inspired by a live band playing improvisational music while he sculpts, building an array of textures and colors. Influenced by mysticism, Millo utilizes light and shadow to express emotions through visceral yet elegant portraits.
Milló studied graphic design at the Iberoamerican University in Tijuana, Mexico, building on his early passion for art, photography, and nature. His work has been exhibited in major cities throughout the Americas and Asia, along with grants and commissions in Mexico and Asia. Milló’s video work was featured during Latin superstar Alejandro Fernandez’s Royal Confidencias tour. Milló described his Origins series as “very primitive, deep, and even magical nature in humanity sensitivity.” Starving to present an image that transcends depiction, Milló said “I don’t want to photograph something that already exists.”
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