Miguel Angel Payano Jr. b. 1980
Miguel Angel Payano Jr. is an Afro-Caribbean American artist working between Beijing and New York. With a visual vernacular that is informed by American, Caribbean, and Chinese cultures, he creates works that oscillate between painting and sculpture and investigate class, identity formation / socialization and storytelling. His transcultural surrealist sensibilities bind aesthetics with humour and the grotesque, often translating and transgressing different artistic forms.
Payano received a dual degree in Studio Art and Chinese Language from Williams College in Massachusetts in 2003 before moving to China and attending the renowned Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, where he graduated with an MFA in 2008. In 2020, Payano received a second MFA from Hunter College in New York, where he was the recipient of the S&W Scholarship. Payano has mounted solo exhibitions with Galleria Poggiali, Milan (2022); Ad-Diriyah Biennale, Riyadh (2021-2022); Make Room, Los Angeles (2021); Charles Moffett, New York (2021); the Williams College Wilde Gallery in Williamstown, Massachusetts (2014); LDX Contemporary Art Center, Hong Kong (2013); and the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (2006).
Ghosts of Empires22 Mar - 14 May 2022 Hong KongThis exhibition seeks to explore the intersections, overlaps, and dissonance between the Black Atlantic and Asia Imperialist Trade routes and brings together an extraordinary group of contemporary artists hailing from African and Asian diasporas.
This seminal exhibition features the work of Hurvin Anderson, Adam de Boer, Delphine Desane, Theaster Gates, Jeanne F. Jalandoni, Chris Ofili, Fadekemi Ogunsanya, Maia Cruz Palileo, Miguel Angel Payano Jr., Paul Anthony Smith, Livien Yin and Zao Wou-Ki.
Colonies’ experience of imperialism the theme of Ghosts of Empires, two-part group art show opening in Hong KongBy Enid Tsui for the South China Morning Post March 22, 2022Hong Kong often sees its experience as a European colony as an exception rather than the rule. And so it is unusual to see the...